Football, otherwise called Soccer, is one of the most popular sports in the world. Day by day its popularity is rising, as more and more people watch and follow the updates of the game on the TV from their residences. And not to mention, there are many who love enjoying it at the stadium. So, it is quite clear that the football industry can be beneficial for companies to grow and shine and bearing that in mind, numerous brands have done deals with not just football players but also football clubs. Match day ticket sales, live broadcasting and sponsorship are considered to be some of many sources of income of the football clubs. On the basis of their total revenue, we have made a list of the 10 richest football or soccer clubs in the world.
- FC Barcelona (Spain): Revenue €840.8 million
The Spanish football club FC Barcelona sits at the peak of the world’s richest football clubs. It has come to be the top revenue-generating football club this year with a total income of €840.8 million and this has happened for the very first time in the history of the La Liga. As a matter of fact, Barcelona is the first and only club in the world right now to generate more than €800 million in a year. The current La Liga champion, despite a grievous exit out of UEFA Championship League, has done quite well to beat Real Madrid in the race of earning. A 10% increase in producing revenue was enough for Barcelona to put the other teams behind and emerge as the wealthiest football club in the world.
- Real Madrid: Revenue (Spain): €757.3 million
Real Madrid, one of the most successful football clubs ever known, comes second in raking of the richest football clubs in the world. Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo- one of their key players- left the team, the struggle of the club became very evident. As far as the team performance is concerned, the 2018/2019 season was one of the worst seasons in the history of the club. It got the third position in the last La Liga, while in the latest UEFA Champions League, it ended up in the 16th Round. In contrast, the income of the club did not go down sharply; but a slight deviation was noticed. Nevertheless, with a generated-revenue of 757.3 million euros, Real Madrid secures the second place, right after Barca, in the list of the world’s richest football clubs.
- Manchester United: Revenue (United Kingdom): €711.5 million
Manchester United, often nicknamed as the Red Devils, is one of the most prominent teams in the world of football. With its return to the championship league and Europa League win, it can be affirmed that the club had a promising 2018/19 season. However, it did not end as well as anticipated, which forced the team to fire the manager José Mourinho, who believed to be the right person for Manchester United to guide it to attain the ultimate success in every competition that matters. Though the club has been struggling with its performance, no trace of that is noticed in its financial statuses. It retains its position as the highest revenue-generating club in the Premier League through generating a total revenue of 711.5 million euros during the 2018/19 season.
- Bayern Munich: Revenue – €660.1 million
Bayern Munich, the Munich based German football club, comes in number four as the richest football club in the world. It is the most successful German team with 29 championship titles to its name. The current Bundesliga champion holds the record of the highest number of consecutive titles in the Bundesliga. Also, Bayern Munich has shown progress and achieved substantial success in the UEFA Champions League. The accomplishments of the club both in the domestic and international competitions have been pumping up its earnings. Therefore, the club remains the richest club in Germany and gains the fourth position worldwide with revenue generated as much as €660.1 million.
- Paris Saint-Germain (Germany): Revenue €635.9 million
Paris Saint-Germain, generally abbreviated as PSG, takes the 5th position in the list of the richest football club in the world. With star performers like Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr., the club has been dominant in all of the four domestic leagues such as Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des Champions. Playing the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League is also considered to be a success of PSG. The commercial sector has been very productive for the French club generating €363.4m, which is far more than the others. With a €94.2 million increase in revenue, Paris Saint-Germain has managed to generate a total of €635.9m to become the 5th highest revenue-generating football club on Earth.
- Manchester City (United Kingdom): Revenue €610.6 million
The renowned English football club Manchester City is the second-highest revenue-generating club in England, after Manchester United and in the global ranking, it is the 6th. Its recent success in the English Premier League, simply EPL, raised its income as the club saw a €42.2 million increase in its revenue. While in the last year, Manchester City managed to generate 610.6 million euros, this year with a new jersey deal with well-known sports brand ‘Puma’ is on, the club is likely to produce enough wealth to go up in both the domestic and international rankings.
- Liverpool: Revenue (United Kingdom): €604.7 million
Liverpool Football Club is one of the most decorated and thriving clubs in the world, which won numerous titles through competing in various domestic and international tournaments. Among its recent wins, the most notables are the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2019 UEFA Champions League. Such high-class performances assisted the club to witness a €91 million rise in its revenue. However, it was never enough to help it with the international standings. Therefore, with revenue estimated at €604.7 million, Liverpool FC ends up as the 7th richest football club on Earth.
- Tottenham Hotspur (United Kingdom): Revenue €521.1 million
Tottenham Hotspur, also known as Spurs or just Tottenham, is at this moment in time the top team in London with the highest income or resources. It is the third club in London to reach a UEFA Champions League Final beating high ranking teams like Manchester City and Ajax in the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League. That recent success elevated the club’s income and with a €92.8 million increase in revenue, Tottenham Hotspur generated about €521.1 million to become 8th richest football club in the world.
- Chelsea (United Kingdom): Revenue €513.1 million
The English football club Chelsea, also known as the Blues, lets its fellow London side Tottenham Hotspur to take the top position, while it emerges as the second London club and 9th club on the planet with the most revenue. Although Chelsea did win the last UEFA Europa League, that did not seem to have a significant impact on its earnings. Only a disappointing €7.4 million rise in revenue was recorded. Presumably, this happened because of the fact that the club did not appear in the UEFA Champions League lately. Holding broadcasting as the main source of income, Chelsea generated a total of €513.1 million to join the world’s richest football clubs.
- Juventus (Italy): Revenue €459.7 million
Juventus, simply called Juve, is the 10th football club to complete the list of the world’s top ten richest football clubs. The club experienced a dramatic step-up in its jersey sales and stock price, since, the superstar of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo joined the club. It is definitely the Ronaldo factor, as people call it, that brought this Italian side as well as the Serie A under the spotlight like never before. As the popularity of the team increased, so did their performance and income. And with €64.8 million increase in revenue, Juventus succeeded to make 459.7 million euros to be the last of the top 10 wealthiest football clubs in the world.