We bring to you the most recent list of the top 20 richest football clubs in the world 2021! If you’re a soccer lover and curious about you’re team’s standing, you need to check this out.
Undoubtedly, the 2019/2020 season in the world of football was a season to be remembered by all the clubs in football history. This was the season that was ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in a downturn in the total revenues of clubs worldwide.
Now in the 2020/2021 campaign, some clubs are working hard in getting back on their feet while some are yet to even begin their recovery process, as such some clubs have lost their spots among the richest football clubs in the world.
Surely, this is bad news for many clubs as they have not been able to make any businesses, especially in the best Football leagues, where most of these soccer teams are found.
While some clubs still maintain their financial standing, this ranking of the richest football teams will be based on their total revenue which encompasses, commercial revenue, matchday revenue, and finally, brow casting revenue.
So, let’s get started..
So, which are the richest football clubs in the world today?
Top 20 Richest Football Clubs In The World 2021
|Rank||Richest Football Clubs In the World||Estimated Net Worth|
|#1||Barcelona F.C||€715.1 million|
|#2||Real Madrid F.C||€714.9 million|
|#3||Bayern Munich F.C||€634.1 million|
|#4||Manchester United F.C||€580.4 million|
|#5||Liverpool F.C||€558.6 million|
|#6||Manchester City F.C||€549.2 million|
|#7||Paris Saint-German F.C||€540.6 million|
|#8||Chelsea F.C||€469.7 million|
|#9||Tottenham F.C||€445.7 million|
|#10||Juventus F.C||€397.9 million|
|#11||Arsenal F.C||€388.0 million|
|#12||Borussia Dortmund F.C||€365.7 million|
|#13||Atletico Madrid F.C||€331.8 million|
|#14||Inter Milan F.C||€291.5 million|
|#15||Zenith St Petersburg||€236.5 million|
|#16||F.C Shalke 04||€222.8 million|
|#17||Everton F.C||€212.0 million|
|#18||Lyon F.C||€180.7 million|
|#20||Eintracht Frankfurt||€174.0 million|
1. Barcelona F.C
In spite of the fact that the club’s revenue had dropped from €125 million to €715.1 million, Barcelona FC still maintains the top spot on the list of top 20 richest football clubs in the world currently.
It only tops it’s bitter rival Real Madrid, who ranks second by a fair margin. The following add up to give the total revenue of the club.
- Commercial revenue: €340.2 million
- Matchday revenue: €126.4million
- Broadcasting revenue: €248.million
- Total revenue: €715.1 million
2. Real Madrid F.C
Second, on this list is Real Madrid with total revenue of €714.9 million. Real Madrid only falls behind Barcelona after the club’s capital dropped by €42 million.
When it comes to revenue-generating stakes, Real Madrid and Barcelona still maintain the top spot.
Despite the negative effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, the revenue of Real Madrid is still high which ranks it second on the top 20 richest football clubs in the world. The total revenue encompasses the following;
- Commercial Revenue: €382.7 million
- Matchday revenue: €108.2million
- Broadcasting revenue: €224.0 million
- Total revenue: €714.9 million
3. F.C Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich which emerged the champions of Europe overtook Manchester United to take up the third spot on the list.
They benefitted from their victory in the UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga title, and other cup titles which gave them a boost in their revenue having fallen by €26 million before the fall of their financial year; thus realizing their TV payments.
Their total revenue amounted to €634.1million, having summed up their:
- Commercial revenue of €360.5 million
- Matchday revenue of €70.3 million
- Broadcasting revenue of €203.3million
4. Manchester United F.C
Manchester United is one club that has greatly experienced a downturn in their revenue, pushing them down the list of the richest clubs in the world, as they have surrendered their position to European champions, Bayern Munich.
Currently, their total revenue sits at €580.4 million. The club’s revenue fell by €131m, making it the most loss recorded by any club.
There was a great decrease in their commercial, match day, and broadcasting revenues which summed up to the total revenue.
- Commercial revenue: €321.7million
- Matchday revenue: €98.8million
- Broadcasting revenue: €159.9million
- Total revenue: €580.4 million (after summing up the above three revenues)
With the club’s chairman Ed Woodward working his fingers out to ensure the club reclaims the top three spot, we can hope that the club will recover its lost revenue as they set to open a new ground-shaking sponsorship deal.
5. Liverpool F.C
Its interesting to see another premier league club – the winner of the 2019 champions league, make the list of the richest clubs in the world.
Liverpool has fought hard to still find a place among the top five clubs whose revenue despite being hit by the Covid-19 pandemic has not ruled it out of this list.
The total revenue of Liverpool football club, after summing up the individual revenues of the club in the area of commercial, matchday, and broadcasting revenues gives a total revenue of €558.6million, indicating that it had fallen by a margin of €46 million.
- Commercial revenue: €243.4million
- Matchday revenue: €82.7million
- Broadcasting Revenue: €232.5million
6. Manchester City F.C
Manchester city, who were run up 2019/2020 premier league campaign is another English team that has found a spot on the list.
Manchester City experienced a fall in their revenue by a €61 million margin, even with that, they still maintain their position as the sixth richest club in the world. They have a total revenue of €549.2 million.
- Commercial Revenue: €284.6m
- Matchday Revenue: €47.6m
- Broadcasting Revenue: €217.0million
- Total Revenue: €549.2million
7. Paris Saint-Germain
The Covid-19 pandemic also made a great impact on the revenue of the Logue 1 champions, Paris Saint-German, resulting in a fall in the revenue by €95 million, which caused them to drop from fifth to seventh.
Their matchday revenue suffered a tremendous loss, as the season ended halfway, and also TV income dropped due to the abrupt ending of the Logue 1 season as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, their revenue sits at €540.6 million.
- Commercial Revenue: €298.6million
- Matchday Revenue: €92.4million
- Broadcasting Revenue: €149.6m
- Total revenue : €540.6million
8. Chelsea F.C
Despite the harsh effect of the Covid-19 pandemic causing the revenue of Chelsea to dropped by €43 million, the club still managed to move up the list.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused them to lost matchday and TV income as a result of a delay in completing the premier season. Currently, they have a total revenue of €469.7million. See the break down below:
- Commercial Revenue: €199.4million
- Matchday Revenue: €62.1million
- Broadcasting Revenue: €208.2million
- Total Revenue: €469.7million
9. Tottenham Hotspur
How thrilling it is to see that five English clubs rank among the first ten in the list of most valuable clubs.
With no matches on home soil, Tottenham Hotspur as well as other sporting and non-sporting activities. Reports show that the club might lose out on a staggering $200 million.
Tottenham has reportedly borrowed £175 million from the Bank of England to help reduce their financial pressures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The current total revenue of the club is €445.7million.
- Commercial Revenue: €183.0million
- Matchday Revenue: €107.7million
- Broadcasting Revenue: €155.0million
- Total revenue: €445.7million
10. Juventus F.C
Of the three Serie A clubs that make up the list of top 20 richest clubs in the world today, only Juventus ranks among the first ten. No doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world’s richest footballers currently plays for this club.
The total revenue dropped by €90 million because of the Covid-19 pandemic, in the 2019-2020 financial year.
It added that the closure of stadiums and government-imposed restrictions penalised both proceeds from matches and sales of licensed product.
- Commercial Revenue: €188.9million
- Matchday Revenue: €42.3million
- Broadcasting Revenue: €166.7million
- Total revenue: €397.9million
11. Arsenal F.C
Arsenal is another English club that has been greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic during the 2019/2020 campaign.
The club has reported a loss of €57 million for the financial year from 2019/2020. Paying the salary of Ozil, one of the highest-paid players in EPL is no joke.
According to the club, the loss in their revenue was a result of the Covid-19 pandemic effect which resulted in the Closing down of stadiums before the end of their financial year.
Arsenal’s total revenue sits at €388.0 million. The breakdown below:
- Commercial revenue: €162.3million
- Matchday Revenue: €89.7m
- Broadcasting Revenue: €136.0m
- Total revenue: €388.0 million
12. Borussia Dortmund F.C
Borussia Dortmund of German Bundesliga wasn’t left out of this list as they also suffered €43.9 million in revenue.
The pandemic which caused the league to come to pause and later resumed after two months behind closed, saw the club lose out other revenue that adds up to give the club’s total revenue of €365.7million.
Fortunately for Dortmund F.C, they were able to bounce back a little from the incoming transfers.
- Commercial Revenue: €149.6million
- Matchday Revenue: €46.3million
- Broadcasting Revenue: €169.8million
- Total Revenue: €365.7million
13. Atletico Madrid F.C
Atletico happens to be the least affected club, out of the ten affected clubs in Spain, that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on.
The club’s revenue dropped by €36 million, affecting their match day and broadcast revenue. The club has also taken a great step towards striking a balance in their books this summer, even despite the coronavirus crisis.
- Commercial Revenue: €82.9million
- Matchday Revenue: €50.4million
- Broadcasting Revenue: €198.5million
- Total Revenue: €331.8million
14. Inter Milan
Inter Milan is the next seria A side after Juventus to have been hit greatly by the pandemic.
The club’s revenue was reported to have dropped by €45 million. Irrespective of the fact that the club generated new revenues, the pandemic which made the Italian matches be played behind closed saw the club refund tickets that were affected.
Currently, the club is searching intensively for a new shirt sponsorship deal to boost their revenue.
- Commercial Revenue: €98.6m
- Matchday Revenue: €56.9m
- Broadcasting Revenue: €136.0m
- Total Revenue: €291.5m
15. Zenit St Petersburg
Zenith St Petersburg happens to be the only club in this list that does not belong to Europe’s top five leagues.
Though they have not really been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is surprising to see that Zenit St Petersburg also made the list. Though their revenue had dropped by €56 million.
- Commercial Revenue: €175.0m
- Matchday Revenue: €14.8m
- Broadcasting Revenue: €46.7m
- Total Revenue: €236.5m
16. FC Schalke 04
Shalke 04 which have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic still managed to make it to the list of the richest clubs in 2021.
Though the club suffered the loss of revenue of €102 million but was still able to withstand the financial pressures with the help of sponsors like Gazprom.
- Commercial Revenue: €92.2million
- Matchday Revenue: €35.7million
- Broadcasting Revenue: €94.9million
- Total Revenue: €222.8million
Fortunately for Shalke, they still maintain their stance as one of the richest clubs in the world with a total revenue of €222.8 million
17. Everton F.C
Everton climbed two spots as one of only two clubs on the list to boost revenue. The Toffees offset broadcast and matchday income by doubling their commercial income.
- Commercial Revenue: €86.7m
- Match Revenue: €13.6m
- Broadcasting Revenue: €111.7m
- Total Revenue: €212.0m
18. Lyon F.C
The turnover of the Champions League semi-finalists Lyon fell by 40 million euros. The Ligue 1 cancellation hit TV and matchday winnings, while revenue from its European run will flow into accounts 2020-2021.
- Commercial Revenue: €47.6m
- Matchday Revenue: €35.5m
- Broadcasting Revenue: €97.6m
- Total Revenue: €180.7m
Napoli, the third Italian club in the top twenty, saw sales decline by EUR 31 million. Like all Serie A teams, they were affected by delayed or withheld TV payments and lower than usual matchday earnings.
- Commercial Revenue: €35.7m
- Matchday Revenue: €13.2m
- Broadcasting Revenue: €127.4m
- Total Revenue: €176.3m
20. Eintracht Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt climbed seven places despite revenue falling by €8m. Like other German sides, they benefited from the timely completion of the 2019-2020 Bundesliga season.
- Commercial Revenue: €44.4m
- Matchday Revenue: €38.6m
- Broadcasting Revenue: €91.0m
- Total Revenue: €174.0m
Summary of the Richest Football Clubs In The World
The more successful the team, the more financial power for the club, as revenues will be generated from match day tickets, sales, broadcasting rights, Endorsement deals, and many other sources.
Here’s a quick summary of the 20 richest football clubs in the world:
- Barcelona F.C
- Real Madrid F.C
- Bayern Munich F.C
- Manchester United F.C
- Liverpool F.C
- Manchester City F.C
- Paris Saint-German
- Chelsea F.C
- Tottenham F.C
- Juventus F.C
- Arsenal F.C
- Borussia Dortmund F.C
- Atletico Madrid F.C
- Inter Milan F.C
- Zenith St Petersburg
- F.C Shalke 04
- Everton F.C
- Lyon F.C
- Eintracht Frankfurt
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