Football has never been this popular as it is today. With the influx of Russian tycoons and Arab billionaires, more money has been pouring in into the European leagues. Television deals are becoming even more lucrative and newer and bigger stadiums are being constructed to accommodate more fans and sell more tickets. Chelsea was one of the first to benefit from being an investment toy of a billionaire when Roman Abramovich bought the club in the mid 2000s. Other clubs have followed suit, including Manchester City, Paris St. Germain and Malaga.
But which clubs are actually selling the tickets and the merchandise and landing the great media deals? Which clubs earn the most selling to sponsors the front part of the player’s shirts? Which clubs are the richest in terms of revenue?
The accountancy firm Deloitte has provided us with the answer. Here are the top 10 wealthiest football teams in the world in terms of revenue from their football operations.
10 Juventus - €195 million
It is also known as The Old Lady or The White-Blacks after its uniform design. Juventus is the third oldest club in Italian football and the most successful. It has won 53 titles in both national and international tournaments, including 28 league crowns, nine Italian Cups and two European Champion’s League titles. It was established in 1897 and plays its home game at the Juventus Stadium that can accommodate 41,000 fans.
9 Liverpool - €233 million
Liverpool is one of the most successful clubs out of England. It has won five European Cups, the most by an English team. It also has won 18 league titles and seven FA Cups. It was established in 1892 and has played its home games in Anfield since that time. The stadium can accommodate 45,522 fans. The Reds have long-standing rivalries with Manchester United and its neighbors Everton.
8 AC Milan - €257 million
In terms of international football titles, AC Milan is the most successful club in the world with 18 trophies, a distinction it shares with Boca Juniors of Argentina. It has won the European Cup/Champion’s League seven times, the Italian league 18 times and the Italian Cup five times. The club, also known as the Rossoneri, was formed in 1899. It has its home in San Siro, a stadium that can accommodate 80,018 fans.
7 Manchester City - €286 million
Also known as The Sky Blues, Manchester City was formed in 1880 as St Mark’s, before changing its name to Manchester City in 1894. The club has won the league title three times and the FA Cup five times. It also won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970, its only major European title to date. It plays its home games at the City of Manchester Stadium that has a capacity of 47,726 fans.
6 Arsenal - €290 million
The team is also known as The Gunners, Arsenal was formed in 1886 and was initially known as Dial Square. It has won 13 league titles and 10 FA Cups. It holds the record as being the only team to ever go through an entire league season of 38 games without tasting defeat, a feat it achieved in the 2003-04 season. It plays its home games at the Emirates Stadium that has a capacity of 60,361 fans. It holds the English record for longest uninterrupted stay at the top flight with 85 consecutive seasons.
5 Chelsea - €323 million
Chelsea is also known as The Blues. It was founded in 1905 and plays its home games in Stamford Bridge that has a seating capacity of 41,837. The team has won the league title four times, the FA Cup seven times and the Champion’s League once. It has also won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup twice and the UEFA Super Cup once.
4 Bayern Munich - €368 million
Bayern Munich is considered to be the most successful club to come out of Germany. Also called the Bavarians, the team was formed in 1900 and plays its home games at the Allianz Arena that has a capacity of 71,137. It has won 22 league titles, as well as 15 German Cups. It has also won four European Cups or Champions League, winning three straight years from 1974 to 1976 before bagging its fourth in 2001.
3 Manchester United - €396 million
Manchester United, also known as The Red Devils, was formed in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club. It changed its name in 1902 to Manchester United and moved to Old Trafford in 1910. Its stadium can accommodate up to 75,765 fans. It holds the record in England for most number of league titles with 19. It also holds the record for most number of FA Cups with 11. It also has won three Champions League or European Cups, though it is only second in England next to its bitter rival Liverpool. It is considered to be one of the wealthiest and most widely supported teams in the world. Its actual value is estimated to be over $3 billion.
2 Barcelona - €483 million
Barcelona is the team of some of the current greatest player in the world, Lionel Messi. Also called Barca or Blaugrana, the team is known for its flawless and entertaining style of game. It was formed in 1899 as Foot-ball Club Barcelona and plays its home games at the Camp Nou, which has a capacity of up to 99,354 fans. Its supporters actually own and operate the team. The team has won 21 league titles, 26 Spanish Cups and four European Cups or Champions League. It holds the European record for most consecutive years of playing European-wide tournaments at 58.
1 Real Madrid - €513 million
Real Madrid was formed in 1902 and plays its home games at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu with a capacity of 85,454 fans. Like Barcelona, it has never been relegated from the top division, an honor also shared by Athletic Bilbao. It has won a record 32 league titles, 18 Spanish Cups and nine European Cups or Champions League.