Ranking 10 Richest Soccer Clubs in the World

Every year various sources analyze the richest soccer clubs. So, which one tops the chart this year?

Can you guess the richest soccer clubs in the world right now and how much revenue they generate?

Well, Deloitte published the 2022 Football Money League in January 2022
that analyzed the clubs’ finances to generate the highest revenue.

FC Barcelona Home Stadium (Source: FC Barcelona)
FC Barcelona Home Stadium (Source: FC Barcelona)

The finding showed that the top 20 clubs all based in Europe had managed to accrue a whopping €8.2 billion combined during the 2019-2020 season. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a 12% decrease from the prior season.

Today we have made a list of the top 10 richest soccer clubs in the world. Let us explore the list together, shall we?

Ranking 10 Richest Soccer Clubs in the World

Let us take a quick preview of the table before we dive into the details of the list.

Soccer ClubsTotal Revenue
10. Juventus€397.9m
9. Tottenham Hotspur F.C.€445.7m
8. Chelsa F.C.€469.7m
7. Paris Saint-Germain€540.6m
6. Manchester City€549.2m
5. Liverpool F.C.€558.6m
4. Manchester United F.C.€580.4m
3. Bayern Munich€634.1m
2. Real Madrid€714.9m
1. Barcelona€715.1m

10. Juventus

  • Matchday Revenue: €42.3m
  • Broadcasting Revenue: €166.7m
  • Commercial Revenue: €188.9m

The Football Club Juventus is a football club based in Italy that competes in the top tier of the Italian football league system. Back in 1897, this club was established by a group of Torinese students and nicknamed “Vecchia Signora” (the old lady).

In 2019, the club signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The effect was immediate, and the club rose to a new height after his signing.

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Juventus line-up 2014 (Source: Wikimedia.org)

Juventus remains as one of the three Italian clubs to be on the richest soccer club list. In 2020, the club appointed a new coach, Andrea Pirlo, signing a two-year contract.

In the 2021 season, Juventus won their ninth Supercoppa Italiana title with a victory against Napoli. However, the club managed to secure fourth place in the Internazionale’s championship 2021.

9. Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

  • Matchday Revenue: €107.7m
  • Broadcasting Revenue: €155.0m
  • Commercial Revenue: €183.0m

Tottenham is an English professional soccer club based in London. The club was founded in 1882 and competed in the Premier League. The club’s emblem is a cockerel standing upon a football with the Latin motto Audere Est Facere, meaning to dare to do.

The club has collected many significant trophies from the 1950s to the 2000s. This achievement has been matched by only one other club to date, i.e., Manchester United.

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium South Stand (Source: Wikimedia.org)

Since 2019, the Tottenham club has played its home matches in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It has a capacity of 62,850.

Due to this new move to their new stadium and after a good Champions League run, the club has become one of the richest soccer clubs in London.

Although due to COVID-19 impact, the club’s revenue fell by €75m, their broadcasting revenue increased to €276.7m.

8. Chelsea F.C.

  • Matchday Revenue: €107.7m
  • Broadcasting Revenue: €155.0m
  • Commercial Revenue: €183.0m

Our eighth number of richest soccer clubs is non-other than the English football club based in West London. It is Chelsea Football Club. The club was founded in 1905 and competes in the Premier League.

Chelsea is one of the most successful clubs among other clubs in England. The club has won over thirty competitive honors, including six league titles and eight European trophies.

There was not much change in the club’s revenue in 2019, and in 2020, the club climbed up one place despite a fall in revenue by €43m.

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In the recent year, Chelsea had a poor run in the UEFA Champions League and finished third in the English division.

Chelsea has massive sponsorship deals with top brands like Nike and Yokohoma Tyres. These sponsorships also help the revenue flow of the club.

The club is expected to see more revenue in the coming year, so they are expected to rise in the rank of the richest soccer clubs.

7. Paris Saint-Germain

  • Matchday Revenue: €92.4m
  • Broadcasting Revenue: €149.6m
  • Commercial Revenue: €298.6m

Paris Saint-Germain is a professional football club that is based in Paris, France. The club is commonly referred to as PSG, Paris, or Paris SG and was established in 1970.

This club is the wealthiest and most successful club in France. The club competes in the Ligue 1, the top division of French football.

They have over 40 official honors, including nine league titles and one major European trophy.

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Paris Saint Germain 2012 (Source: Wikimedia.org)

PSG had suffered a financial decline in the 2000s, but they were revived with an increase in financial backing in 2011. As a result, the club reached its first UEFA Champions League final in 2020 after being a regular feature.

PSG recently broke transfer records after signing Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. As of 2019-20, the club has become the seventh richest soccer club.

Forbes has ranked the club as the world’s ninth-most valuable football club, worth $2.5 billion.

The Qatar Investment Authority owns the club, and most of the club’s revenue comes from commercial deals. PSG has contracts with Nike (technical kit supplier) and Emirates (shirt sponsor).

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6. Manchester City

  • Matchday Revenue: €47.6m
  • Broadcasting Revenue: €217.0m
  • Commercial Revenue: €284.6m

We have another English club on our list. Manchester City is a club based in Manchester that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

In 1880, the club was founded as St. Mark’s (West Gorton), then in 1887, it was renamed as Ardwick Association Football Club. Then again, in 1894, the club was renamed Manchester City.

In recent years, the club has seen a massive increase in revenue. Although the pandemic did hit the club hard and the revenue fell by €61m.

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Manchester United 2017 (Source: Wikimedia.org)

Manchester City’s most of the revenue comes from the home game, broadcasting deals, and commercial contracts. The club has sponsorship from Nike (technical kit supplier) and Ethiad Airways (shirt sponsor).

In 2019, a US-based PE group, Silver Lake Management, announced that they would be making an investment of $500million (£388million) in the club. For this, the group owned a 10% stake in City Football Group.

The investment is the largest private equity-backed football deal of all time. Moreover, the new contract with Puma (kit deal) added to the revenue of the City in 2020.

5. Liverpool F.C.

  • Matchday Revenue: €82.7m
  • Broadcasting Revenue: €232.5m
  • Commercial Revenue: €243.4m

On our fifth rank of the richest soccer club in the world, we have an English club, Liverpool Football Club. This club was founded in 1892 and competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Liverpool established itself as a power club in English and European football. This club is one of the most valuable and most widely supported clubs in the world.

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Liverpool F.C. crest (Source: Wikimedia.org)

Like all the clubs on the list, Liverpool’s revenue was also massively affected by the pandemic COVID-19. They saw the revenue fall of €46m.

However, securing second place in the domestic Premier League and Champions Leagues’ glory in 2019 gave the club a massive revenue boost.

Moreover, in 2020, they became Premier League champions for the first time in three decades. In recent years, they have been dominating the Premier League.

4. Manchester United

  • Matchday Revenue: €98.8m
  • Broadcasting Revenue: €159.9m
  • Commercial Revenue: €321.7m

The professional Football Club, Manchester United, is a football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England.

The club was started up in the year 1878 as Newton Health LYR Football Club. Nicknamed “the Red Devils,” the club changed its name to Manchester United in 1902.

The club has the highest number of wins among English football, including 20 League titles, 12 F.A. Cups, 5 League Cups, and a record 21 F.A. Community Shields.

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Players of Manchester United F.C. prematch warmup (Source: Wikimedia.org)

In 2016-17, the club was the highest-earning football club in the world. Similarly, in 2019, the club was the world’s third most valuable football club with a value of £3.15 billion ($3.81 billion).

Unfortunately, in 2020, Manchester United lost 135 million euros. This was a 19% drop in their revenue compared to the previous year.

However, even with the loss of revenue, the club still has massive sponsorship deals that bring them enough revenue to make them one of the richest soccer clubs.

3. Bayern Munich

  • Matchday Revenue: €70.3m
  • Broadcasting Revenue: €203.3m
  • Commercial Revenue: €360.5m

The third on our list of richest soccer clubs is a German sports club, Bayern Munich. The club is based in Munich, Bavaria, and plays in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system.

Munich was founded in 1900 and is one of the most successful clubs in German football history. The club has a record win of 31 national titles, including 20 national cups and multiple European honors.

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Bayern Munich players (Source: Wikimedia.org)

This club is the largest sports club in Germany. In 2019, the club had 293,000 official members, 4,499 officially-registered fan clubs with over 350,000 members.

The club suffered a fall in revenue of €26m last year. But after their victory of European title helped to secure payments from the bigTV.

The club has the second-highest merchandise sale among all other clubs. Their success in the recent season has also contributed to the boom of their merchandise sale.

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2. Real Madrid

  • Matchday Revenue: €108.2m
  • Broadcasting Revenue: €224.0m
  • Commercial Revenue: €382.7m

We are nearly at the end of our list of the top richest soccer clubs, and in our second number is the Spanish club Real Madrid Club. The club was founded in 1902.

Since 1947, the club has played in its home matches in the 81,044 capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in downtown Madrid. The club members have owned and operated the club throughout its history, unlike most European sports entities.

In 2019, the club was estimated to have a worth of €3.8 billion ($4.2 billion) with annual revenue of €757.3 million.

In 2019, Real Madrid lost 39 million euros. However, the club generated over €75 million more than anyone else last year. The club has mainly benefited from a substantial share of La Liga T.V. revenue.

Moreover, the club increased its merchandising and did some clever cost-cutting that added to its revenue.

Aside from being the second highest-earning football club, Real Madrid is also one of the most widely supported teams in the world. Madrid is the most followed club on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

1. F.C. Barcelona

  • Matchday Revenue: €126.4m
  • Broadcasting Revenue: €248.5m
  • Commercial Revenue: €340.2m

The number #1 on our list of the richest soccer clubs is non-other than the Spanish professional football club based in Barcelona, Spain, F.C. Barcelona. The club was founded in 1899 by Swiss, Spanish, German, and English footballers.

Commonly known as Barcelona, the club is one of the most widely supported teams in the world. Additionally, the club also has one biggest sports teams with the most considerable social media following in the world.

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2016-17 F.C. Barcelona at the match of Champions (Source: Wikimedia.org)

It is no wonder that the club’s revenue was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic like the rest of the clubs mentioned on this list. However, they are managing to earn considerable revenue.

In 2018, Barcelona became the first sports squad with average first-team pay above £10m ($13.8m) per year.

The club also has a kit deal with Nike that brings €155 million per year. However, Barcelona’s primary revenue source is commercial. It is estimated to be €340.2 million.

Conclusion

The pandemic has hit hard on every sector. The soccer club has also suffered from the pandemic effect and saw a plummet in revenues.

As the world is getting back to its normal state bit by bit, there is a long way to go. As a result, the clubs are figuring new tactics to stabilize their financial situations.

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