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Richest Football Clubs in the World 2018 Top 20

Top 20 Richest Football Clubs in the World 2018 { List Updated }

Football is one of the most watched sport in the world at the moment and footballers earn huge wages. When we hear the amounts involved in player transfers from one club to another most of us begin to wonder, where those football clubs get such money from. The truth is football clubs are rich and they earn enormous amounts of money yearly. This list of the top 20 richest football clubs in the world was compiled based on the yearly revenue of all football clubs in the world.

Top 20 Richest Football Clubs in the world

Top 20 Richest Football Clubs in the world 2018

Starting from 2005 when Manchester United was widely considered the richest football club in the world and that too by a wide margin but Real Madrid managed to close the gap on Manchester United in the late 2000’s and they managed to take the number 1 spot in 2011.

Manchester United have been confirmed as the richest football club in the world 2018 So far. They had the highest revenue for the year under review. Am sure you can remember José Mourinho justifying the transfer figure of Paul Pogba, he claimed that the fee paid for the Frenchman was justified based on the financial strength of the team from Manchester. This seems to be a true fact as Manchester United have turned out to be the richest club in the world topping European heavyweights like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich. Barcelona takes the second spot topping Real Madrid slightly while FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City complete the top 5 richest football clubs in the world for the year 2018.

This list also sees a new name as Leicester city take the number 20 spot after winning the English Premier League in a dramatic way during the 2015/2016 EPL season. Their success saw a sharp rise in their ticket sales and shirt sales.

Below is the list the Top 20 Richest Football Clubs in the World 2018 : { Updated }

S/N Club Country Net worth
1. Manchester United England £581.2 million
2. Real Madrid Spain £579.7 million
3. Barcelona Spain £557.1 million
4. Bayern Munich Germany £505.1 million
5. Manchester City England £453.5 million
6. Arsenal England £419 million
7. Paris Saint Germain France £417.8 million
8. Chelsea England £367.8 million
9. Liverpool England £364.5 million
10. Juventus Italy £348.6 million
11. Tottenham Hotspur England £305.6 million
12. Borussia Dortmund Germany £285.8 million
13. Atletico Madrid Spain £234.2 million
14. Leicester City England £233 million
15. Inter Milan Italy £225.2 million
16. Shalke 04 Germany £197.8 million
17. West Ham England £183.3 million
18. Southampton England £182.3 million
19. Napoli Italy £172.5 million
20. Everton England £171.2 Million

With the huge revenues made by the football clubs on this list, you might be wondering how they make all this money. They make their cash from ticket sales, sponsorship, shirt sales. This football clubs sign multimillion dollars deal with top companies in the world for a shirt sponsor. They also make a lot of money during pre-season tours.

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Top 20 Richest Football Clubs in the World 2018

  • 20. Everton

    • Yearly Revenue: £171.2 Million

Everton is an English professional football club founded in 1878 and is currently based in Liverpool, England. The club competes in the English premier league and has won a total of 15 major trophies.

Everton is regarded as the 20th richest club in the world with a yearly revenue totaling £171.2 million. This is probably made possible as a result of its robust sponsorship deal with USM holdings.

  • 19. Napoli

    • Yearly Revenue: £172.5 million

Napoli football club was founded in 1926 and currently based in Naples, Campania. It competed in the Italian Serie A league.

Napoli currently leads the Italian team. This shows the team is actually working hard towards some goal. However, its high revenue might be due to the clubs large efforts in coming third place in the series A. It earned £172.5 million last year.

  • 18. Southampton

    • Yearly Revenue: £182.3 million

Southampton is an association football club that competes in the English premier league. It was founded in 1885 and is currently based in Hampshire, England. Southampton major sources of revenue are the broadcast deal which saw that the club got £143 million last year.

  • 17. West Ham

    • Yearly Revenue: £183.3 Million

West Ham, us a professional football club founded in 1895 and is based in East London, England. It competes in the Premier League. The club has seen a lot of success and earned a revenue totaling £183.3 million last year as made known by Forbes. While most people attribute West Ham increase in income to its recent move to London which has caused an increase in matchday revenue, it may have actually been due to its increase broadcast revenue or likely both. The club is ranked the 17th richest club in the world.

  • 16. Schalke

    • Yearly Revenue: £197.8 Million

Schalke FC is a professional German multi-sports clubs founded in 1904 and is currently based in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It plays in the Bundesliga league and is regarded as a top tier in the German football system. It has won numerous titles including 7 German championships and one UEFA Cup. Schalke made it to Forbes list if the 20 richest football clubs in the world as the 16th club. Its recent increase in its yearly revenue can be attributed to the increase in commercials and better broadcast deals. Schalke currently earns an annual revenue totaling £197.8 million.

  • 15. Inter Milan

    • Yearly Revenue: £225.2 million

Inter Milan is a professional Italian football club founded in 1908 and debut in the 1909 season. It is currently based in Milan, Lombardy and plays in the Italian Serie A league. Inter Milan is currently regarded as the 15th richest football club in the world with a yearly revenue totaling £225.2 million. 

  • 14. Leicester City

    • Yearly Revenue: £233 million

Leicester City is an English professional football club founded in 1884 and is currently based at King Power Stadium in Leicester.

Leicester City has moved up the list from the 20th position to the 14th position on the list of the richest football clubs in the world 2018, published by the money League season, thanks to huge income from TVs.

  • 13. Atletico Madrid

    • Yearly Revenue: £234.2 million

Atletico Madrid is a Spanish football club that plays in the Spanish La Liga league. It was founded in 1903 and is currently based in Madrid, Spain. Atletico Madrid is often regarded as the third most successful football club in the Spanish league. It has won more titles than any Spanish teams apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid. The club earns an annual revenue of £234.2 thanks to better broadcast deals and TV income.

  • 12. Borussia Dortmund

    • Yearly Revenue: £285.8 million

Borussia Dortmund is a professional German football club based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia and was founded in 1909. The club plays in the Bundesliga league which is the highest football league in Germany. The club has won numerous titles is often regarded as one of the most successful football clubs in the German football history. It has won a total of 8 German championships, 1 UEFA champions league amongst many other titles. The club recently got great sponsorship deals from Coca-Cola and German airline Eurowings which many beliefs to have lead to an increase in its annual revenue. It has also gotten better broadcast deals.

  • 11. Tottenham Hotspurs

    • Yearly Revenue: £305.6 million

Tottenham Hotspurs football club often fondly called Tottenham or just Spurs by fans was founded in 1882 and plays in the premier league. Tottenham is currently based in Tottenham, Haringey, London. Tottenham won its first title, the FA Cup, in 1901 making it the only non-league club to have ever won the FA cup ever since the formation of the football league. Tottenham earns a yearly revenue of £305.6 million – courtesy of its second position in the premier league which has to lead to an increase in broadcast deals.

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  • 10. Juventus

    • Yearly Revenue: £348.6 million

Juventus is a professional Italian football club founded in 1897 by a group of students who are passionate about the sport. The club is currently based in Turin, Piedmont and plays in the Italian Series A. It has won 33 league titles, 12 Coppa Italian titles, three UEFA cups amongst many others. Juventus made it to the Forbes list of the top 20 richest football clubs in the world earning an annual revenue totaling £348.6 million.

  • 9. Liverpool

    • Yearly Revenue: £364.5 million

Liverpool is an English football club founded in 1892 and currently competes in the premier league. It is currently based in Liverpool, England and through countless efforts, the club has been able to maintain itself financially. It is currently the 9th richest football club in the world. Thanks to successful performances on the pitch coupled with increased revenue from commercials and matchday revenues. The club has also won numerous titles including 5 European cups, 3 UEFA cups amongst many others.

  • 8. Chelsea

    • Yearly Revenue: £367.8 million

Chelsea plays in her premier league and is currently based at Stamford Bridge in London, England. The club was founded in 1905 and has won lots of league titles including 7 FA cups, 1 UEFA championship cup, and others. Chelsea was the first club was the first club to win the first division titles in 1955. It seems Chelsea has been gaining numerous favors especially after winning the 2016-17 premier league championship. The club currently earns £367.8 million which many attributes to its recent sponsorship deals with drinks firm Carabao.

  • 7. Paris Saint-Germain

    • Yearly Revenue: £417.8 million

Paris Saint-Germain popularly known as PSG is a popular professional football club founded in 1970 and plays in the French Ligue 1. The club is currently based in the city of Paris, France. Paris Saint-Germain through its numerous efforts has established itself in the French league and other European leagues. It has won a total of 33 trophies and is currently regarded as the 7th richest football club in the world by Forbes. Paris Saint-Germain though has not performed well in the recent Ligue 1 but it seems to have no effect on the club’s financial situation especially when it signed Neymar for £220 million, one of the biggest deal ever in professional football.

  • 6. Arsenal

    • Yearly Revenue: £419 million

Arsenal FC is a professional football club founded in 1886 and is regarded as the first club from the South of England to join the Football League. Arsenal football club is based in Islington, London and is currently one of the most popular clubs in the world. The club’s more than century years of existence has seen to the winning of numerous league titles including 13 league titles, 15 FA community shields amongst others. Arsenal currently earn £419 million yearly revenue as made known by Forbes which was actually a drop-down from its previous year revenue.

  • 5. Manchester City

    • Yearly Revenue: £453.5 million

Manchester City was originally founded as St. Mark’s in 1880. The name was later changed to Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and in 1894, the name was once again changed to Manchester City which it currently bears. Manchester City plays in the Premier League and is currently based at Etihad Campus, East Manchester. Man city has seen a lot of growth and is regarded as the 5th richest club in the world – thanks to a recent increase in broadcast and commercials.

  • 4. Bayern Munich

    • Yearly Revenue: £505.1 million

Bayern Munich is a professional German football club based in Munich, Germany. Bayern Munich is best known for its position in the Bundesliga, which it plays for. It has won more 27 national titles and 18 national cups. Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 and has been around for more than a century. The club has seen a lot of changes and growth since its formation. Currently regarded as the 4th richest football club in the world, Bayern Munich earned £505.1 million last year. Many fans attribute this huge income to the recent increase in its commercials.

  • 3. Barcelona

    • Yearly Revenue: £557.1 million

Barcelona FC actually fell from its second position on the list of the richest football club in the world published last year. Barcelona club was founded in 1899 and is based in Catalonia, Spain. It is one of the three founding members of the Spanish La Liga. Fondly called Barca by its fans, it’s a club that has the love of many audiences and has seen a lot of good seasons and league titles. The club recently sold a player, Neymar, at the highest price ever. Although this must have brought in a lot of money to the club, it was not considered. This is because that transfer of players is not usually considered as a factor in the ranking of clubs.

  • 2. Real Madrid

    • Yearly Revenue: £579.7 million

Real Madrid is the most famous football club based in Madrid, Spain. The club was founded in 1902 and has been around for more than a century. The club was originally named Madrid Football club, which was later changed to Real Madrid by King Alfonso XIII in 1920. Real Madrid is one of the three founding members of the LA Liga league and has always remained as one of the top 3 clubs in the league. Real Madrid has been performing very well in all its leagues and has won awards, with more than 30 LA Liga titles. Real Madrid is regarded as the second richest club in the world by the recent list of the richest football clubs in the world by Forbes.

  • 1. Manchester United

    • Yearly Revenue: £581.2 million

Manchester United fondly called Man U or the Red Devil is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, England. Manchester United was founded in 1978. The club has won numerous awards and is regarded as the richest football club in the world by the recent list of the top 5 richest football clubs in the world published by Forbes.

Manchester has recently seen an improvement in its sponsorships and broadcast deals which many believe are responsible for the recent spike in the clubs yearly revenue. Manchester United earned a total of £581.2 million last year.

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Updated: April 17, 2018 — 2:46 pm

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