Soccer, more commonly known as football throughout this floating orb that we know as Earth, is truly the world's game, a sport that can be played anywhere so long as there is an available surface and also an object that can be utilized as a ball. Top-tier leagues are located all around the world, and those competitions are featured on domestic and international television via deals that are worth billions – yes, billions – of dollars. The game of soccer is more than just a beloved sport for those who play and those who watch. It is also a massive business these days.
The values of sports franchises fluctuate per location and per the media deals that are associated with clubs and with leagues. Major League Soccer, as one example, asks for an investment of $100 million from those looking to enter the league via an expansion club. It is widely believed that every National Football League and every National Basketball Association team is worth $1 billion because of the media deals those leagues currently have and contracts that will be signed in the future. No wonder so many successful business moguls are interested in getting pieces of that action.
Just as in every pro sport, big-name players and also success on the pitch move the needle in the soccer world. One of the most-valuable soccer teams in the world for 2015 has seen better days in the past, but that club remains widely recognized and it also has solid followings all around the world. It should come as no surprise to anybody who follows the sport that the richest clubs on the planet come from Spain. Those massive teams have international superstars who are featured in advertising campaigns, and they also happen to be responsible for two of the top squads in the game today.
All values courtesy of Forbes
20 Galatasaray: $294 million
19 West Ham United: $309 million
18 Newcastle United: $349 million
17 Napoli: $353 million
16 Atletico Madrid: $436 million
15 Inter Milan: $439 million
14 FC Schalke 04: $572 million
13 Tottenham Hotspur: $600 million
12 Paris Saint-Germain: $634 million
11 Borussia Dortmund: $700 million
10 AC Milan: $775 million
9 Juventus: $837 million
8 Liverpool: $982 million
7 Arsenal: $1.31 billion
6 Chelsea: $1.37 billion
5 Manchester City: $1.38 billion
4 Bayern Munich: $2.35 billion
3 Manchester United: $3.1 billion
2 Barcelona: $3.16 billion
1 Real Madrid: $3.26 billion
The club is worth billions – plural – of dollars, and those who sign for the team get to play in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Of course Real Madrid are so valuable! The sun does not always shine on the club, as Real will once again (probably) miss out on a league championship. There are also rumblings that former Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale may be feuding with his teammates. Regardless of whether or not Bale is playing for Real in September 2015, it seems a safe bet that the club will be a contender to win La Liga and the Champions League next season.
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