The world of football has evolved from just a sport to a huge business – a game of exquisite growth. With clubs generating huge revenue from game day ticket sales, merchandise, food and drinks sales. They also earn money through sponsorships and rights, television, player transfers, and prize money.
Many of the teams on this list have become financially successful because their player’s in-field performances lead to the popularity of the club and financial expansion. However, management plays an important role in maintaining the financial stability of these clubs.
1. FC Barcelona
With a net worth of $4.8 billion and revenue of $792 million, Barcelona is considered the wealthiest club in the world. Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, Spanish, English and Catalan soccer players led by Joan Gamper, FC Barcelona has become a symbol of Catalan culture.
At the international level, the club has won 20 European and World titles, which includes 5 Champions League titles, 3 FIFA Club World Cups and 26 La Liga titles.
2. Real Madrid
Founded in 1902 and with a record of 67 domestic trophies, including a record 35 La Liga titles, a record 13 times Champions League trophy wins and seven times FIFA Club World Cup wins, Real Madrid are considered the most successful team in Spain and Europe.
They have a net worth of $4.75 billion and a revenue of $790 million which makes them the second richest club in the world.
3. Bayern Munich
Germany`s Bayern Munich is the world’s third wealthiest football club and Germany’s richest football club.
Bayern Munich has been the most profitable club, generating profits for five seasons straight, from 2014/15 to 2018/19, before the pandemic hit. The club is worth $4.22 billion and has a revenue of $703 million.
4. Manchester United
By the end of 2021, Manchester United earned $671 million in commercial, matchday and broadcast revenue, bringing its net worth to a total of $4.2 billion. This also means, Manchester United is the wealthiest football club in England.
The club that by no means walks alone has long been acknowledged for its reputation and accolades across the world and domestically. The club recently had the longest unbeaten domestic streak in the club’s history.
With a networth of $4.1 billion and revenue of $655 million, Liverpool is the second richest soccer club in England and the fifth richest club in the world.
6. Manchester City FC
Manchester City was founded in 1880 but failed to win its first foremost trophy until 1904.
In 2019, the total worth of Manchester City was $2.6 billion, but the current value is $4 billion and revenue is $640 million. Their performances on the pitch have seen their sales skyrocket in recent years.
7. Chelsea FC
Since the club was bought in 2003 by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, Chelsea has maintained its role as one of the wealthiest football clubs for decades. With an estimated worth of $3.2 billion and revenue of $520 million, Chelsea is the 7th wealthiest team in the world and the fourth wealthiest football club in England.
After failing to qualify for the Champions League for half a decade now, there is hope of qualifying at the end of the 2021/22 season. With a networth of $2.8 billion, and revenue generation of $430 million in sales, Arsenal is the fifth richest club in England and 8th in the world.
9. Paris Saint-Germain
PSG is not only the 9th wealthiest football club in the world, but also the wealthiest football club in France with a net worth of $2.5 billion.
10. Tottenham Hotspur FC
Tottenham is in 10th place with a net worth of $2.3 billion and revenue of $ 494 million. Since the 2013/14 season, Tottenham has achieved consistent revenue growth to become one of England’s biggest clubs in terms of both matchday and broadcast revenue.