One of the most common sports played worldwide, Football has gripped the world with its charm and magnificence. Be it the wet muddy fields in your locality or the stadium, the enthusiasm and passion of the players remain the same everywhere. Since the inception of The Football League, in 1988, in England, football became more than just a sport. Professional football competitions gave the world a new form of inspiration and entertainment. It is really a pleasure to the soul to see the fans cheering their idols chase the ball on the field. With such an impact on the masses, Football has also become one of the most cherished professions. Over the years a large number of professional football clubs have come up. In this world of competition, the top 10 of the wealthiest football clubs and their achievements have been summed up.
One of the famous and successful clubs in the history of football, Liverpool has an estimated value of around $651 million. Liverpool F.C. holds a glorious history and has won more European trophies than any other English team with five European Cups, three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. The club has also won eighteen League titles, seven FA Cups and has a record of eight League Cups. Liverpool holds the record of winning the UEFA Cup three times, with Juventus and Internazionale being the other achievers. With 33 major trophies in its bag, Liverpool has an annual revenue of $296 million.
9. Manchester City
Manchester City is valued by Forbes at about $689 million. Considering the number of trophies won, this English club secures 10th place in the list of the wealthiest football clubs. Man City won the League Championship in the late 1960s and early 1970s,which happens to be one of the most glorious times in the club history, along with the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup under the management team of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. When it regained the Premiere League status, it became one of the wealthiest football clubs in the world, having been purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008. The club, boasting of nine major trophies under its hood, has an annual revenue of $362 million.
Valued at $694 million, Juventus is historically not only the most successful club in Italian football but also one of the most laureated and important clubs in the world football. Juventus has won 54 official titles on the national and international stage, including 29 Serie A Titles, nine Italian Cups, two Club World Cups, and all major European trophies, even though it was the first professional football clubs in the country. In the count of trophies won, Juventus currently ranks fourth in Europe and eighth in the world. In the history of football Juventus was the first team to have won all possible official continental competitions and the world title. The club earns an annual revenue of $248 million.
Having made some significant success in the last decade, this English football club is currently valued at $901 million. Also knows as “The Blues”, Chelsea was the first club to hold two major European titles simultaneously. It also happens to be the only London club to win the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea have won four league titles, seven FA Cups, four League Cups and four FA Community Shields in the home grounds, while in continental competitions they have won two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups, one UEFA Super Cup, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League. With a legacy of 108 years in the football industry, the team has won nine of the 15 major trophies under the ownership of Roman Abramovich, a Russian billionaire. Chelsea earns an annual revenue of $409 million.
6. AC Milan
Evaluated by Forbes at $945 million, AC Milan is ranked as the most valuable club in Italy. Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian Prime Minister, being the owner of the club, it holds immense value in the world of Italian football. 36 major trophies form a part of the club’s numerous achievements, which include 7 European Cups, 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA titles, 3 Intercontinental Cup and the most cherished FIFA Club World Cup. After Juventus, AC Milan holds the second most successful rank, with 18 league titles in Serie A, along with local rivals Inter. Milan earns an annual revenue of $326 million.
5. Bayern Munich
FC Bayern Munich is currently evaluated at an estimated amount of $1,309 million, making it the most successful club in German Football. Bayern Munich is the biggest sports club in Germany, considering the revenue earned, and also the fourth biggest football club in the world. FC Bayern currently stands second in club coefficient rankings by UEFA. The Bavarians have legacy of accomplishments, which includes 48 major trophies, five of which are European Cups. The Bundesliga is growing stronger, thanks to the huge success of the club, which generates an estimate of $468 million annually. Gauging from the large number of fan-clubs worldwide, Bayern Munich has definitely made its mark in the world of football.
With an estimated value of $1,326 million, Arsenal is one of the most successful clubs in English football, having won 13 First Division and Premier League titles and 10 FA Cups.The club has the record of being in the English top flight, for an uninterrupted period of time. During the 2005–06 Champions League season, Arsenal beat the record made previously by AC Milan by going ten matches without conceding a goal. Arsenal has an annual revenue of $368 million, which is hoped to improve with them bagging a few more silverware for their arsenal!
This Spanish football club, estimated at $2,600 million, has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, highlighted in the motto “Més que un club”, meaning “More than a club”. Commonly called as Barca, the team has taken home a total of 61 major trophies, including 26 Spanish Cups, 22 Titles, 11 major European trophies, and 3 Global Titles. In less than 10 years, the team has brought home 13 trophies, an achievement commendable in itself. Barcelona happens to be the only European club to have played continental football every season since 1955. It is also one of three clubs which have never been relegated from La Liga, along with Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid. Thanks to the hard work and team effort of Barcelona, it has an annual turnover of $613 million.
2. Manchester United
With an evaluation of $3,165 million,Manchester United is considered to be the most valuable football club in the Premier League. Besides being the the first team to win the Premier League, Man United was also the first English football club to win the European Cup. The team had won 13 out of the 21 league titles available that time. Out of the 37 major trophies that the team has won, 23 of them can be attributed to Sir Alex Ferguson, the man behind the team’s legacy of success. With an annual revenue of $502 million, the “Red Devils” continue to rule the hearts of millions worldwide. Glory-Glory Manchester United!
1. Real Madrid
The word Real is Spanish for royal. No wonder that the most precious team in this list is this Spanish football team, which is valued at $3,300 million by the Forbes. Real Madrid happens to be the most successful football club of all time, considering the bunch of 64 trophies that the team has brought home. 32 out of these, were Spanish titles, 18 were Spanish Cups, 9 were European Cups, 3 were Intercontinental Cups, and 2 were UEFE Cups. Among the several honours that have been bestowed on the club, the most important are the recognition of “FIFA Club of the 20th Century” in 2000 and the FIFA Order of Merit in 2004. Real Madrid is the world’s richest football club with an annual turnover of $650 million, and of course CR7, the highest paid footballer in the world!