Every January we update the football rich list and this year has seen some big changes and a new number 1.
The English Premier League dominates Deloitte’s ranking with nine clubs in the top 20 list and six in the top 10, one less than the 10 it had in the Deloitte ranking last year. There are also four Italian clubs, three Spanish clubs, three German clubs, and one French club.
Last year saw Manchester United become the first club ever to record over £670 million in revenue, with the Glazer-owned side knocking Real Madrid’s chances of topping the rich list for the 13th year in a row. But all has changed in the last year and Man U have been knocked off the top spot.
Overall, Deloitte’s league table looks pretty similar at the top with first, second and third being filled by the same teams since the Football Money League’s inception in 1997.
Combined, the richest clubs in the world saw an increase of 6% in revenue from last year, with the top ten generating a grand total of £5bn combined with the top 3 clubs generating close to £2bn in total. Another incredible stat is a place in the top 20 now requires clubs to generate almost €200m, a 16% increase on the amount needed in the previous edition, when Leicester City secured 20th position with revenue of €172.1m.
Without further ado, here’s a countdown of the world’s richest football clubs…
10. Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham make the top ten list for the first time, knocking Italy’s biggest club – Juventus back to number 11 as the club continues to see year-on-year revenue growth, thanks in large part to broadcasting deals which account for 53% of its 2018 revenue profile. Match day cash has jumped significantly in recent times because the team is temporarily housed in the bigger Wembley Stadium, meaning 70,642 fans on average have been watching Spurs live.
Revenue – €428.3 million ($485.6 million).
9. Arsenal FC
The Gunners drop back from 6th place last year to the 9th richest football club in the world. Arsenal are no longer a UEFA Champions League club which has had an impact on revenues. Finished sixth in the Premier League last year match day revenues keep Arsenal in the top ten richest football clubs and it’s no wonder – a season ticket to watch Wenger’s men fight for 4th is the most expensive in Britain at £1014.
€439.2 million ($497.9 million).
Through the backing of their billionaire Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, it’s rare to see Chelsea rank outside the top five richest football clubs. Premier League team Chelsea finished fifth in the English division and only reached the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 last season. The club has some massive sponsorship deals including Nike and Yokohama Tyres and a loyal fan base which keep revenues strong
As their Stamford Bridge stadium goes under expansion works this year, perhaps next year will see the Blues return to the top 5.
Revenue – €505.7 million ($573.1 million)
7. Liverpool – £424.2 million
Jurgen Klopp’s side finished strong last season with a 4th place finish in the Premier League and making the UEFA Champions League final. They have been exceptional so far this season rewarding their millions of loyal long term fans.
Revenue – €513.7 million ($582.1 million).
7 Paris St-Germain
This is the second time France’s wealthiest outfit have dropped out of the rich list’s top five since being famously bought by Qatar Sports Investments for €120 million in 2011.
The bulk of PSG’s 2018 revenue profile came from commercial deals. It’s two biggest contracts are with Nike (technical kit supplier) and Emirates (shirt sponsor). The team dominates Ligue 1, winning the French division last year, and is a UEFA Champions League staple. Their ranking may plummet further next year should they be pipped to the Ligue 1 title by Monaco. Bringing Neymar to the club has currently helped the club remain as the 7th richest football club in the world for the 2nd year in a row.
Revenue €541.7 million ($614.13 million)
5. Manchester City – £527.7 million
For the second year in a row Manchester City have breached the top 5 richest football clubs. Abu Dhabi-owned City won the Premier League last year and Pep Guardiola’s side are favourites to win this year too.
An average of 54,054 fans to home game and massive broadcasting deals and commercial contracts make up the the revenue. It’s technical kit supplier is Nike and shirt sponsor is Etihad Airways.
On the 27th of November 2019 it was announced that Silver Lake Management, a US-based PE group mainly investing in technology, are making a $500million (£388million) investment in Manchester City. It is set to own a 10 per cent stake in City Football Group following the transaction. This would value the team at ¢5 billion! and is the largest private equity-backed football club deal of all time.
Revenue – €568.4 million ($644.4 million)
4. Bayern Munich – £587.8 million
No change at number 5 on the rich list as Bayern see a big enough increase in revenue to hold position. The Bundesliga giant won the German division in 2018 and reached the UEFA Champions League semi-final. 75,354 fans on average attend Bayern home matches.
Revenue €629.2 million ($713.29 million).
3. Manchester United – £610 million
Last years richest football club have been knocked back to number 3 on the rich list for the first time in many years. The Red Devils remain the wealthiest football club in England however.
The bulk of the club’s 2018 revenue profile comes from its commercial deals — it has big contracts with Adidas, who supplies its kits, and Chevrolet, who sponsor its shirts.
€666 million ($755 million)
2. Barcelona – £648.3 million
Always close to the top of the richlist, the reigning La Liga champions continue to witness year-on-year revenue growth. Some of the biggest names in football such as Messi and Suarez see Barcelona well-supported around the planet, with 102.7 million likes on Facebook, 63.8 million followers on Instagram, and 29 million followers on Twitter.
€690.4 million ($782.71 million
1. Real Madrid – £674.6 million
The new number 1 – Another Champions League trophy last season, its third successive Champions League win means Zidane’s side are now the the richest football club in the world. Real Madrid is also the most followed club on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram which helps keep revenue buoyant. A poor start to this season and the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus could see the club on unsure footing for next year however. Based on UEFA Champions League wins, Real are also the 10 best football clubs in Europe.
Revenue – €750.9 million ($851.7 million)
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