The Wealthiest Top 10 Football Clubs


Forbes have released its annual list of the Footballing worlds richest clubs, and the wealth is staggering highlighting how football is today’s entertainment king.

10 – Tottenham Hotspur 
The UK Premier League club’s current value is estimated at $1.05bn, with revenue reaching $310mn earlier this year, according to Forbes Magazine. Tottenham’s yearly revenue has risen by $3mn since the 2014 appointment of Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Currently undergoing extensive renovations, which are scheduled for completion in time for the 2018/19 season, the club’s home stadium, White Hart Lane, will cost an estimated $528mn and increase seating capacity to 61,000 – 25,000 more than can currently be accommodated. Season tickets for 2018/19 range from $917 to $2244.

9 – Juventus F.C.
Based in Turin, Juventus F.C. is Italy’s most valuable football club, with a net worth of $1.258bn. The club’s annual revenue in 2017 totalled $379mn, an $11mn decrease (3%) from the 2015/16 season. Juventus has maintained a positive annual operating income of at least $20mn since 2012, when it experienced a $38mn deficit amid allegations of match-fixing.

Since then, Juventus’ operating income has risen overall, reaching a high point of $81mn in 2016. Its home field, the Allianz Stadium, has a seating capacity of 41,507. Season tickets for 2018/19 range from $1,028 to $1,908.

8 – Liverpool F.C.  
Liverpool F.C. is currently valued at $1.492bn, with an annual revenue of $448mn. The club’s net worth experienced a 4% decrease between the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. 31.7% ($472mn) of the club’s value is attributed to commercial sales, with only 16.9% ($252mn) originating from matchday income, and $559mn annual income from broadcasting, making for a disproportionately high dependence on brand commercial sales for an English football team.

Liverpool’s home stadium, Anfield, has a seating capacity of 54,074, and season tickets are valued between $904 and $1,147.

7 – Chelsea F.C.   
Chelsea Football Club has a current value of $1.845bn, and an annual revenue of $497mn. The organisation’s net valuation has grown by 11% in the past year, from a 2016 value of $1.661bn, although revenue has fallen by $8mn in that time. Chelsea’s revenue peaked in 2015 at $526mn but has grown, on average, since the club’s 2003 takeover by owner Roman Abramovich.

As of 2015, Russian billionaire Abramovich has made interest-free loans to the organisation in excess of $1bn. These have been used to purchase new training grounds, improve Stamford Bridge stadium, and furnish Abramovich’s $1.3mn private box. Stamford Bridge’s current capacity is 41,663, and 2018/19 season tickets range in price from $785 to $1,650.

6 – Arsenal F.C. 
Arsenal FC has a net worth of $1.932bn, and an annual revenue of $520mn. The organisation’s value increased dramatically between 2015 and 2016 – rising from $1.3bn to $2bn – before falling by $86mn the following year. Regardless, the club’s operating income has more than tripled since 2014, currently reported as $122mn. Arsenal’s annual income for match day sales is $495mn, accounting for 25.6% of its estimated value.

Season tickets at the Emirates Stadium (60,432 capacity) are the most expensive in the Premier League and the second most expensive in Europe, with prices ranging from $1,339 to $2,658 for the 2018/19 season.

5 – Paris Saint-Germain  
The top-valued French football club, Paris Saint-Germain, has a net value of only $841mn, the lowest on this list. However, the club’s annual revenue is over $578mn. PSG is one of only three teams in the European top 10 to be free from debt, the others being Chelsea and Bayern Munich.The club attributes 46.9% of its net estimated value to commercial sources, also the highest on the list.

As of 2017, the club signed Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior. Valued at over $249mn, the Brazilian forward is now the most expensive player in the world. Saint-Germain also boast the highest season ticket costs in Europe, with the price of admission to the 48,583 capacity Parc De Princes reaching as high as $3,418, accounting for $134mn in annual sales.

4 – Bayern Munich 
Bayern Munich is Germany’s most valuable football organisation, valued at $2.713bn, almost $2bn more than its nearest competitor, Borussia Dortmund. The club made $657mn in revenue in the 2016/17 season, a 1% increase on the previous year. 46.3% of Munich’s value ($1.256bn) originates from commercial and merchandising sales, the largest portion of any club in Europe worth over $1bn. Since 2010, the club’s value has grown by at least $50mn, while 2015 was the high point for revenue which reached $661mn.

The BM supervisory board primarily consists of managers from prominent German companies, including Adidas, Audi, and Deutsche Telecom. The Allianz Arena seats 75,000 and season tickets cost just $138, based on 2015 prices, making them the cheapest of any large club in Europe.

3 – Barcelona F.C. 
Barcelona F.C. is valued at $3.635bn, with an annual revenue of $688mn. The club boasts the second-highest broadcast-based revenue source of any football organisation in the world, taking $1.069bn in 2017. Barcelona’s annual revenue has grown steadily since 2013. The club has a long history of resisting corporate ownership, and remains staunchly in the hands of its 180,000 members.

The club’s president, Sandro Rossell, recently oversaw Barcelona’s first sponsorship deal worth $196.2mn with Qatar Airways, citing the need to compete with private and corporate investment in foreign clubs. Camp Nou, Barcelona’s home ground, has a seating capacity of 99,354.

2 – Real Madrid
Spain’s largest football club, Real Madrid, is valued at $3.580bn and collects $688mn per annum in revenue. The club has the highest broadcasting revenue of any football organisation, at $1.183bn, and is third in Europe in commercial and merchandising sales which amount to $1.216bn.

Revenue has decreased by $58mn since 2015, and the club’s worth is currently 2% lower than 2016. The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium seats 81,044, and season tickets range from $234 to $1,930.

1 – Manchester United F.C.
With a net valuation of $3.689bn, and an annual revenue of $765mn, Manchester United F.C. is the wealthiest, most profitable football organisation in the world. Commercial sales in 2017 accounted for $1.558bn, as the club experienced its highest revenue and net value figures ever. This net worth growth of 11% from $3.317bn in 2016 to $3.689bn in 2017 is matched in the European top 10 only by Chelsea F.C.

However, at 24%, the club also has the highest debt proportionate to its value of any club of similar size. After undergoing an 8,000-seat expansion in 2006, Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium seats 75,643, with season tickets ranging from $703 to $1,255.


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