Manchester United has the become the richest club in the world according to recent financial surveys of both “Forbes” and French financial firm “Deloitte”. Manchester United produced a record revenue of $850 million last year and that is without any champions league football. Below is the list of top 20 richest clubs both in terms of overall value of the club and according to yearly revenue.
As far as top 20 richest clubs are concerned according to recent forbes valuation, eight premier league clubs feature in top 20 and we might expect a few more in couple of years time. Manchester United has overtaken both spanish clubs (Madrid and Barcelona) as the richest football club in the world since they manage to qualify for Champions League next season and combine that with new Adidas kit deal and several other shirt & commercial sponsorship deals around the world can put them in the league of their own. Financial institutes are predicting United to become the first sports team in the world to produced $1 billion in yearly revenue by 2020 if the recent trend continue.
We have to consider factors like clubs matchday income, what country a club is from, their success on the field and its impact on the market value, social presence worldwide, high profile kit deals and shirt sponsorship, total yearly revenue and the debt situation of the club.
|NO#||CLUB||VALUE||YEARLY REVENUE||LAST YEAR|
|1||Manchester United||$4.83 billion||$850m||1st|
|2||FC Barcelona||$3.63 billion||$688m||2nd|
|3||Real Madrid||$3.58 billion||$685m||3rd|
|4||FC Bayern Munich||$2.71 billion||$657m||4th|
|5||Manchester City||$2.08 billion||$583m||6th|
|10||Tottenham Hotspurs||$1.06 billion||$310m||10th|
|11||Paris Saint Germain||$841 million||$400m||13th|
|12||Borussia Dortmund||$808 million||$338m||11th|
|13||AC Milan||$802 million||$240m||12th|
|14||Atletico Madrid||$732 million||$225m||15th|
|15||West Ham United||$634 million||$194m||17th|
|16||FC Schalke||$629 million||$264m||14th|
|18||Inter Milan||$559 million||$198m||16th|
Update: French sports money magazine “Deloitte” produces an yearly report on top 20 clubs according to their yearly revenue and here is the finding from the latest Deloitte “Football Money League” which was published in January 2017. Manchester United has overtaken both Real Madrid and Barcelona in terms of yearly revenue as they tacked up record €689 million in 2015-16 season.
Top 20 Football Clubs In Deloitte Football Money League 2018:
Deloitte divide the yearly revenue of a club in three streams, A) Match-day B) TV Broadcasting C) Commercial & Sponsorship. Since the original report features Euro (€) currency we have converted the yearly revenue numbers from euro to USD ($) as well. While the three revenue stream only feature euro currency.
|4||FC Bayern Munich||€592m||€101.8m||€147.6m||€342.6m|
|6||Paris Saint Germain||€520.9m||€92.5m||€123.1m||€305.3m|
|17||Zenit St Petersburg||€196.5m||€35.2m||€103.8m||€30.9m|
Here is a slide show which goes into further details on every clubs financial activity in the last 1 year. From matchday and hospitality revenue to TV broadcasting rights money from the league and european competitions as well as the friendly matches club played in the last 12 months. Commeriscial activities include major sponsorships like shirt deals, stadium rights and all the regional sponsorship deals worldwide.