It’s not really that surprising that football clubs have a lot of money. After all, it is common enough that you see top players earn well over $100,000 every week. Not to mention that the transfer fees for the best players are astronomical. If you really want one of the top players in world football, chances are you’re going to have to spend at least $100 million to get him.
Football is the most popular sport in the world, so it is understandable why there is so much money involved. Clubs’ revenues are made up of a number of different profit points. They include match-day tickets, replica kits, sponsorships, and many more. When you consider that football teams are some of the biggest brands in the world, it’s not hard to see how their revenue is so high. Although there are plenty of extremely wealthy football clubs in existence, who are the top dogs in terms of value? Here are the most wealthy football teams in the world.
Going to the capital of Spain you will find the most wealthy football club of 2021. Real Madrid is at the top of the pile after its revenue saw them take in roughly $868 million. Despite being second place for the past number of years, this year Real Madrid became the wealthiest club in world football. That’s an astonishing feat, given that the team has lost one of the most marketable players in world football, Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite the lack of fans in football in 2021, Real Madrid’s partnerships with Emirates and Adidas and major commercial deals for the football club contributed greatly. It also received a huge amount of income thanks to broadcast rights.
Returning to Spain for second place, FC Barcelona lost its top spot as the wealthiest club in the world in 2021. This could be down to the fact that the club went through a lot of difficulties in the past year. With many issues with Lionel Messi and the board of management to contend with, it would be no surprise if its finances took a hit as a result. Not to mention the pandemic having a major impact on revenue from ticket sales.
The most wealthy English Premier League team in the world is Manchester United. Despite the up and down form of the football giant, it still remains one of the most recognizable football brands in the world. Its revenue from is mostly made up of sponsorship deals, as well as making the most out of marketable players such as Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. However, despite their wealth, it’s actually their neighbors Manchester City who people expect to score the most in the league.
Bayern Munich has been a very impressive team in recent years and its wealth matches that. Its estimated revenue for the year was $751 million. Bayern players are often brought in through the academy or bought from other smaller German clubs. This means the team doesn’t often make headlines with superstar signings like some of the above teams.