Top 20 richest football clubs in the world (2022 ranking)

According to a new study, Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are the richest football clubs worldwide.

Despite Barcelona’s having debts of £1.13bn, Los Blancos were beaten to the top spot by their LaLiga archrivals.

Wealthy Gorilla complied data from CNBC, Business Insider, and Sports Show to put together a list of clubs that made the most revenue based on annual reports.

The list is heavily dominated by teams from the Premier League, but Barcelona has the highest revenue, bringing in an eye-watering $959m.

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Madrid finished second with a $864m revenue, while Manchester United and Bayern Munich came third and fourth respectively.

Newcastle United, who were taken over by a Saudi Arabia-led consortium last October, narrowly made the top 20, finishing 19th, with a revenue of $228.6m.

The top 20 richest football teams in the world, according to Wealthy Gorilla:

20. West Ham United (Premier League): $224.5m

19. Newcastle United (Premier League): $228.6m

18. Milan (Serie A): $235.6m

The club was founded in 1899 and is owned by Elliot Advisors (UK) Ltd, chaired by Paolo Scaroni, and managed by Stefano Pioli.

They have been competing in the top flight league in Italian soccer, Serie A, since 1929-30, and play all their home games at San Siro Stadium, also known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

The club has won eighteen FIFA and UEFA trophies, which is the fourth-highest amount out of any soccer club in the world, and the most in Italian soccer.

A.C. Milan is one of the wealthiest teams in professional world soccer.

17. Everton (Premier League): $241.4m

16. Schalke 04 ( Bundesliga): $276.5m

The club was founded in 1904 and plays all its home games at Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen.

They compete in the top tier of German soccer, the Bundesliga, and are the second-largest sports club in Germany.

F.C. Schalke has won seven German championships, five DFB-Pokals, one DFL-Supercup, and one UEFA Cup since its inception.

Schalke was ranked as the 31st-best soccer team in Europe by UEFA’s 2020 UEFA club rankings and generated the sixteenth highest amount of revenue of any soccer club in the world.

15. Roma (Serie A): $283.6m

14. Inter (Serie A): $318.5m

13. Atletico Madrid (LaLiga): $345.3m

12. Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga): $360m

11. Arsenal (Premier League): $497.9m

Arsenal F.C. is a professional soccer team that competes in the English Premier League. 

They’re based in Islington, London, and play all their home games at Emirates Stadium, which they moved to in 2006. 

Arsenal is the third most valuable club in English soccer and has the fifth-largest fanbase in the world, based on social media activity from 2014 to 2015. 

The team is owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, chaired by Sir Chips Keswick, and coached by Mikel Arteta. 

To date, Arsenal F.C. has won thirteen league titles, thirteen FA Cups, two League Cups, fifteen FA Community Shields, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, the only League Centenary Trophy, and one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. 

10. Juventus (Serie A): $524.5m

9. Chelsea (Premier League): $585.3m

Chelsea F.C. is an English professional soccer club that was established in 1905 and based in Fulham, London.

The club competes in the English Premier League and is one of England’s most successful soccer teams. 

To their name, Chelsea has six league championships and thirty competitive honors, including six European trophies. 

They’re owned by American billionaire Todd Boehly and a consortium of investors officially completed their takeover of Chelsea in a deal worth $5.25 billion (£4.25 billion) back in May.

In what became the most expensive team transaction in professional sports, chaired by Todd Boehly and coached by Graham Potter. 

Chelsea F.C. has won all three of UEFA’s main club competitions, is one of only five clubs to do so, and, is the only London soccer team to have won the Champions League. 

8. Tottenham (Premier League): $594.5m

7. Liverpool (Premier League): $689.9m

6. Manchester City (Premier League): $696.6m

5. Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1): $725.5m

Paris Saint-Germain, or PSG as they’re more commonly known, is a French professional soccer club, established in 1970 and based in Paris, France. 

The soccer team plays at the highest level in French soccer, Ligue 1, and performs all their home matches in Parc des Princes Stadium, which has a capacity of 47,929.

The club is currently owned by Qatar Sports Investments, with Nasser Al-Khelaifi as President and Thomas Tuchel as head coach. 

So far, PSG has won forty-one titles, including nine Ligue 1 titles, twelve Coupe de France titles, eight Coupe de la Ligue titles, and nine Trophée des Champions titles.

They’ve also won several European titles, including the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Intertoto Cup. 

Paris Saint-Germain is the most successful French soccer team in history.

4. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga): $753.1m

3. Manchester United (Premier League): $811.7m

Manchester United is the third richest soccer team in the world. 

The English professional soccer team was established in 1878 and competed in the English Premier League. 

They’re based in Old Trafford, Manchester, which is where they play all their home games. Their stadium has a capacity of 74,879 and is the largest soccer stadium in the United Kingdom. 

“The Red Devils,” as they’re often called,” have an impressive track record, winning more trophies than any other club in English soccer. 

They’ve won twenty league titles, twelve FA Cups, five League Cups, and twenty-one FA Community Shields. On top of that, they’ve also won three UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, and one FIFA Club World Cup! 

Manchester United became the first English soccer club in the history of English soccer to achieve the continental European treble. 

2. Real Madrid (LaLiga): $864m

Real Madrid is a Spanish professional soccer team that was established in 1902 and is based in Madrid, Spain. 

The club plays in Spain’s highest soccer league, La Liga, and has played all its home games in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in downtown Madrid since 1947. 

Real Madrid has won sixty-five trophies in domestic soccer, including thirty-three La Liga titles, nineteen Cope del Rey titles, eleven Supercopa de España titles, one Copa Eva Duarte, and one Copa de la Liga title.  

On top of that, Real Madrid has won a further twenty-six trophies in European and worldwide competitions, including the Champions League, UEFA Cup, and UEFA Super Cups. 

It’s easy to see why they’re the second richest soccer team in the world, with all those trophies.

1. Barcelona (LaLiga): $959m

Barcelona is the richest soccer team in the world, with an approximate 2019 revenue of close to $1 billion. 

Barcelona is a Spanish professional soccer club based in Barcelona, Spain. 

The club was founded in 1899 and plays all its home games at Camp Nou. 

Barcelona FC has won seventy-four trophies, including twenty-six La Liga titles, thirty Copa del Reys, thirteen Supercopa de Españas, three Copa Eva Duartes, and two Copa de la Liga trophies. 

In international soccer, Barcelona has won twenty European and worldwide titles: five UEFA Champions League titles, four UEFA Cup Winner’s Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, three Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, and three FIFA Club World Cups. 

Here’s a quick recap of The 20 Richest Soccer Teams:

  1. FC Barcelona
  2. Real Madrid CF
  3. Manchester United
  4. Bayern Munich
  5. Paris Saint-Germain
  6. Manchester City
  7. Liverpool F.C.
  8. Tottenham Hotspur
  9. Chelsea F.C.
  10. Juventus
  11. Arsenal F.C.
  12. Borussia Dortmund
  13. Athletico Madrid
  14. Inter Milan
  15. A.S. Roma
  16. FC Schalke
  17. Everton F.C.
  18. A.C. Milan
  19. Newcastle United
  20. West Ham United

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