Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs

Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs

Association football, known commonly as soccer or just football, is one of the most popular sports in the world. Millions of fans gather to watch the games, be it in front of their television sets at home, or in the midst of large crowds at the stadiums. Football leagues are considered among the biggest of all leagues played all over the world. In these leagues, clubs have battles on the field against one another, and fans brim with thrill and excitement. The top clubs rope in the best players from around the world. It is a matter of great anticipation what players they will sign in and for how big a contract amount. Here is a list of the Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs. Let us take a look at these.

Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs

10. Liverpool

Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs

Top 10 Most Expensive Football Teams

English professional football club Liverpool, placed at the 10th position in our list of Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs, is based in Liverpool, England, and played their home matches at Anfield since it was established. The anthem of Liverpool is “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. The club was founded in 1892 and eventually won more European trophies than any other English clubs. Liverpool has won 18 League titles, 8 League Cups, 7 FA Cups, 5 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups and 3 UEFA Super Cups. The club, as of last year’s Forbes List of 2014, currently has a total estimated value of $704 million with 6% positive change from the previous year, and has earned nearly $313 million revenue in the last financial year. Liverpool was listed in 2013 with a total estimated value of $651 million after 5% positive changes in the estimated value and has earned $296 million in 2012-2013 financial year.

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9. Juventus

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Top 10 Most Expensive Soccer Clubs

Italian professional football club Juventus Football Club S.p.A. commonly referred as just Juventus, placed at the 9th position in our list of Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs, is based in Turin, Piedmont. It is ranked fourth in Europe and eighth in the world in terms of number of national and international trophies. Juventus has won 30 league titles, 6 national super cups, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, 3 UEFA Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup. The club, as of last year’s Forbes List of 2014, currently has a total estimated value of $850 million with 22% positive change from the previous year, and has earned nearly $354 million revenue in the last financial year. Juventus was listed in 2013 with a total estimated value of $694 million after 17% positive changes in the estimated value and has earned $248 million in 2012-2013 financial year.

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8. A.C. Milan

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List of Most Expensive Soccer Clubs in the World

Italian professional football club Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly known as just A.C. Milan, placed at the 8th position in our list of Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs, is based in Milan, Lombardy. It was founded by Herbert Kilpin and Alfred Edwards in 1899, and is the second most successful club in the world as per the number of international titles. A.C. Milan has won a total of 18 officially recognized FIFA and UEFA titles which includes a FIFA Club World Cup and three Intercontinental Cups. The club, as of last year’s Forbes List of 2014, currently has a total estimated value of $856 million with 9% negative change from the previous year, and has earned nearly $343 million revenue in the last financial year. A.C. Milan was listed in 2013 with a total estimated value of $945 million after 4% negative changes in the estimated value and has earned $326 million in 2012-2013 financial year.

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7. Manchester City

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Top 10 Richest Football Teams

English professional football club Manchester City, placed at the 7th position in our list of Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs, is based in Manchester, England. The club was first founded as St. Mark’s club in 1880 and changed its name to Manchester City in 1894. Manchester City recently won the League Cup and their second Premier League title in 2014. Manchester City is currently operated by UK Sports Investments Limited which is mainly controlled by former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The club, as of last year’s Forbes List of 2014, currently has a total estimated value of $863 million with 25% positive change from the previous year, and has earned nearly $411 million revenue in the last financial year. Manchester City was listed in 2013 with a total estimated value of $689 million after 35% positive changes in the estimated value and has earned $362 million in 2012-2013 financial year.

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6. Chelsea

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Top 10 Richest Soccer Clubs

English professional football club Chelsea, placed at the 6th position in our list of Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs, is based in Fulham, London. The club was established in 1905 and uses Stamford Bridge stadium as their home ground since then. Chelsea has won a UEFA Champions League title, 2 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, 4 English premier league title, 7 FA Cups, 5 League Cups and 4 FA Community Shields, and is the only British club to win the UEFA Champions League. The club, as of last year’s Forbes List of 2014, currently has a total estimated value of $868 million with 4% negative change from the previous year, and has earned nearly $394 million revenue in the last financial year. Chelsea was listed in 2013 with a total estimated value of $901 million after 18% positive changes in the estimated value and has earned $409 million in 2012-2013 financial year.

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5. Arsenal

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10 Richest Soccer Clubs in the World

English professional football club Arsenal, placed at the 5th position in our list of Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs, is based in Holloway, London, and is one of the most decorated clubs of the English Premier League. The club was founded in 1886 and joins the Football League in 1893. Arsenal has won 13 Premier League titles and 11 FA Cups. Arsenal has a fierce rivalry with neighboring Tottenham Hotspur which fights against him in the Classic North London derby. The club, as of last year’s Forbes List of 2014, currently has a total estimated value of $1,331 million with no certain change from the previous year, and has earned nearly $370 million revenue in the last financial year. Arsenal was listed in 2013 with almost the same total estimated value of nearly $1,326 million after 3% positive changes in the estimated value and has earned $368 million in 2012-2013 financial year.

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4. Bayern Munich

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10 Richest Football Clubs in the World

German professional football club Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V. famously known as just Bayern Munich, placed at the 4th position in our list of Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs, is based in Munich, Bavaria. The club was established by eleven soccer players led by Franz John in 1900. The club has won a FIFA Club World Cup, 5 UEFA Champions League, 24 Bundesliga titles, 17 national cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups, one UEFA Cup and one European Cup Winners’ Cup. The club, as of last year’s Forbes List of 2014, currently has a total estimated value of $1,850 million with 41% positive change from the previous year, and has earned nearly $561 million revenue in the last financial year. Bayern Munich was listed in 2013 with a total estimated value of $1,309 million after 6% positive changes in the estimated value and has earned $468 million in 2012-2013 financial year.

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3. Manchester United

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Top 10 Richest Football Clubs

English professional football club Manchester United, placed at the 3rd position in our list of Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs, is based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. The club was founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club and changed to its current name in 1902. Manchester United has won a FIFA Club World Cup, 20 English premier league titles, 11 FA Cups, 20 FA Community Shields, 3 European Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and one UEFA Super Cup. The club, as of last year’s Forbes List of 2014, currently has a total estimated value of $2,810 million with 11% negative change from the previous year, and has earned nearly $551 million revenue in the last financial year. Manchester United was listed in 2013 with a total estimated value of $3,165 million after 42% positive changes in the estimated value and has earned $502 million in 2012-2013 financial year.

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2. FC Barcelona

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Top 10 Richest Soccer Teams

Spanish professional football club Futbol Club Barcelona or just Barça, placed at the 2nd position in our list of Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs, is based in Barcelona, Catalonia. The club was founded by a group led by Joan Gamper in 1899 and uses “Més que un club” motto which translated “More than a club”. FC Barcelona has won a record two FIFA Club World Cup titles, 4 UEFA Champions League, 22 La Liga, 26 Copa del Rey, 4 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and 11 Supercopa de España title. The club, as of last year’s Forbes List of 2014, currently has a total estimated value of $3,200 million with 23% positive change from the previous year, and has earned nearly $627 million revenue in the last financial year. FC Barcelona was listed in 2013 with a total estimated value of $2,600 million after 99% positive changes in the estimated value and has earned $613 million in 2012-2013 financial year.

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1. Real Madrid

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Top 10 Most Expensive Soccer Team

Spanish professional football club Real Madrid Club de Fútbol or just Real Madrid, placed at the top position in our list of Top 10 Most Expensive Football Clubs, is based in Madrid, Spain. The club was established in 1902 and the team uses Santiago Bernabéu Stadium as their home ground since 1947. Real Madrid has won a FIFA Club World Cup, a record 10 UEFA Champions League, 32 La Liga, 3 Intercontinental Cups, 19 Copa del Rey and 9 Supercopa de España. The club, as of last year’s Forbes List of 2014, currently has a total estimated value of $3,440 million with 4% positive change from the previous year, and has earned nearly $675 million revenue in the last financial year. Real Madrid was listed in 2013 with a total estimated value of $3,300 million after 76% positive changes in the estimated value and has earned $650 million in 2012-2013 financial year.

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The clubs dole out large sums of money to sign in players in their best forms, to ensure that the performance of the clubs is the best, and millions and millions of viewers watch their games. This also attracts the companies that offer huge sponsorships. It is quite natural that the clubs earn huge revenues and are counted among the world’s most expensive ones. For fans, however, these numbers do not matter, and all they care about are great games.