Throughout history, soccer has been one of the most loved and watched sports. As a result, entrepreneurs have taken advantage of investing in various clubs to make a profit. The data on the ten richest football clubs reveal significant investments, which have, in turn, generated more income.
As a soccer enthusiast, or a fan of a given club in any of the prominent leagues in the world, have you ever wondered how much the most valuable football teams are worth? Which are these top soccer clubs in the world? Well, we have you covered.
Which are the richest soccer clubs in the world?
Several soccer clubs around the world make a lot of cash from the sport. However, in terms of income generation and total net worth, some clubs outsmart others. In this year's ranking, we witnessed tables turn, and Barcelona came top for the first time in history. Arsenal, on the other hand, lost its spot among the top ten and dropped to the eleventh position.
Here are the richest soccer clubs in 2020:
1. Barcelona - 840.8 million euros ($936.7 m)
The Catalans have topped the list of the wealthiest football clubs for the very first time according to Deloitte Football Money League. With an annual income of €840.8 million, the club goes in the records as the first one to ever hit above the €800 million-mark.
Having brought the merchandising and licensing activities in-house, the club has generated over €150 million compared to 2019.
- Matchday income: €159.2 m (£140.4 m)
- Broadcasting revenue: €298.1 m (£262.7 m)
- Commercial revenue: €383.5 m (£338.0 m)
2. Real Madrid - 757.3 million euros ($843.6 m)
The 13-times European Champions and Catalan's arch-rivals Real Madrid dropped to the second position this year. Nonetheless, Madrid, which topped last year increased their annual revenue by 0.99% compared to their last year's income which stood at €750.9 million.
- Matchday income: €144.8 m (£127.7 m)
- Broadcasting revenue: €257.9 m (£227.3 m)
- Commercial revenue: €354.6 m (£312.5 m)
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3. Manchester United - 711.5 million euros (£627.1 m)
In 2020, the Red Devils are in third place despite having topped the Deloitte Football Money League two years ago. Having returned to the UEFA Champion's League, the club managed to increase its revenue by 6% (€50 million). However, their stagnating performance has left their status as the richest club in England more vulnerable.
- Matchday income: €120.6 m (£106.3 m)
- Broadcasting revenue: €273.7 m (£241.2 m)
- Commercial revenue: €317.2 m (£279.6 m)
4. Bayern Munich - 660.1 million euros ((£581.8 m)
The Bavarian giants came fourth in the list of the richest football clubs in 2020. They increased their annual income by €31 million, having won their seventh straight Bundesliga title.
- Matchday income: €92.4 m (£81.4 m)
- Broadcasting revenue: €211.2 m (£186.2 m)
- Commercial revenue: €356.5 m (£314.2 m)
5. Paris St. Germain - 635.9 million euros (£560.5 m)
PSG as it famously known among its fans came into fifth place. For the past eight years, the team has received financial boosts from Qatari state investments. As a result, they have been able to buy top players such as Neymar Jr., Kylian Mbappe, and others.
The team has also contracted the quality services of Thomas Tuchel, the former Borrusia Dortmund coach. However, despite all these investments, the team is yet to achieve its primary goal of winning the UEFA Champions League.
- Matchday income: €115.9 m (£102.2 m)
- Broadcasting revenue: €156.6 m (£138.0 m)
- Commercial revenue: €363.4 m (£320.3 m)
6. Manchester City - 610.6 million euros (£538.2 m)
The English Premier League defending Champions are position six in the list of the richest football clubs. The Abu Dhabi United Group owns the club. For the past ten years, the club has been transformed into one of the most valuable soccer teams. Despite having not won the UEFA Champions League title yet, they remain a club to look out for in the future.
- Matchday income: €62.4 m (£55.0 m)
- Broadcasting revenue: €287.2 m (£253.2 m)
- Commercial revenue: €261.0 m (£230.0 m)
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7. Liverpool - 604.7 million euros (£533.0 m)
Winning the UEFA Champions League last year helped Liverpool enjoy a bumper year. Their revenue generation grew by 17% compared to the previous year. This income is likely to increase further if the club wins the English Premier League this season.
- Matchday income: €94.5 m (£83.3 m)
- Broadcasting revenue: €299.3 m (£263.8 m)
- Commercial revenue: €210.9 m (£185.9 m)
8. Tottenham Hotspur - 521.1 million euros (£459.3 m)
Having played in the finals of the UEFA Champions League last season and moved to a new (62,000-seater) stadium, Tottenham Hotspur overtook Chelsea and Arsenal to become the most expensive soccer team in London. This is a record high for this club which is managed by Jose Mourinho.
- Matchday income: €92.5 m (£81.5 m)
- Broadcasting revenue: €276.7 m (£243.9 m)
- Commercial revenue: €151.9 m (£133.9 m)
9. Chelsea - 513.1 million euros (£452.2 m)
Chelsea went a position lower in the ranks of the richest soccer clubs in the world this year after being overtaken by Tottenham Hotspurs. Nonetheless, their wealth generation almost remained the same compared to last year.
- Matchday income: €75.6 m (£66.6 m)
- Broadcasting revenue: €227.1 m (£200.2 m)
- Commercial revenue: €210.4 m (£185.4 m)
10. Juventus - 459.7 million euros (£405.2 m)
The Italian Series A giants have won the local league for eight times in a row. As a result, their income generation has been increasing for the last eight years. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo has improved the team's brand visibility and commercial appeal.
- Matchday income: €65.6 m (£57.8 m)
- Broadcasting revenue: €208.5 m (£183.8 m)
- Commercial revenue: €185.6 m (£163.6 m)
This is the list of the top 10 richest football clubs in the world at the moment. As you can see, success in the field translated to success in the banks. That is why you have seen most clubs struggle to sign good players that will strengthen their side. Having more fans as well as playing in the UEFA Champions League attract a lot of income for clubs.
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