Monday 19 March 2018

Is your club included? Forbes reveals the Top 10 richest football clubs in the world

The richest clubs on the planet revealed
The richest clubs on the planet revealed

There are five English teams, and two Spanish sides, but who tops the Forbes list of the world's most valuable football teams?

10. AC Milan

Owner/Controlling Shareholder: Silvio Berlusconi

Current Value (£mil): 510

1-Year value change (%): -10

Revenues (£mil): 223

Operating Income (£mil): 35.5

The Italian giants cling onto a place in the top 10 despite a fall in valuation, and ongoing struggles on the pitch.

AC Milan's players react at the end of the first half during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Genoa at San Siro stadium in Milan April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

9. Juventus

Owner/Controlling Shareholder: Agnelli family

Current Value (£mil): 550

1-Year value change (%): -2

Revenues (£mil): 249

Operating Income (£mil): 33

The Champions League semi-finalists pip AC Milan to the title of richest Italian club, helped by three (about to become four) successive Serie A titles.

Carlos Tevez of Juventus celebrates as he scores their second goal from a penalty during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Juventus and Real Madrid

8. Liverpool

Owner/Controlling Shareholder: John Henry, Tom Werner

Current Value (£mil): 646

1-Year value change (%): 42

Revenues (£mil): 273

Operating Income (£mil): 57

Liverpool are the lowest ranked English side in the list, but have benfitted from a return to Champions League football.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring his side's winning goal against QPR at Anfield on Saturday

7. Arsenal

Owner/Controlling Shareholder: Stan Kroenke

Current Value (£mil): 850

1-Year value change (%): -2

Revenues (£mil): 320

Operating Income (£mil):154

Years of realtive austerity appear to be paying off for the Gunners, who can now boast a very healthy balance sheet - even if the club's value has slightly declined since last year.

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal (R) celebrates with Santi Cazorla (L), Mesut Oezil (2L)

6. Chelsea

Owner/Controlling Shareholder: Roman Abramovich

Current Value (£mil): 900

1-Year value change (%): 58

Revenues (£mil): 346

Operating Income (£mil): 55

Chelsea's value has enjoyed a healthy increase this year, taking them above their London rivals Arsenal.

(L-R) Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba, Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma and Chelsea's English defender John Terry celebrate after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in London on May 3, 2015. Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at a festive, sun-soaked Stamford Bridge today to claim their first Premier League title since 2010. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images

5. Manchester City

Owner/Controlling Shareholder: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Current Value (£mil): 910

1-Year value change (%): 59

Revenues (£mil): 370

Operating Income (£mil): 80

City continue to prosper financially under the backing of the wealthy Sheikh Mansour.

Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring Manchester City's winning goal

4. Bayern Munich

Owner/Controlling Shareholder: Club members

Current Value (£bil): 1.51

1-Year value change (%): 27

Revenues (£mil): 435

Operating Income (£mil): 51

The fan-owned model seems to be working for Bayern, whose value has gone up by 27% over the last year.

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Bayern Munich players acknowledge their fans after winning their German Bundesliga first division soccer match against Hertha Berlin in Munich April 25, 2015

3. Manchester United

Owner/Controlling Shareholder: Glazer family

Current Value (£bil): 2.04

1-Year value change (%): 10

Revenues (£mil): 462

Operating Income (£mil): 139

United are the highest-ranked English club, and the club's deep reserves have led to speculation they'll make a £100 million bid for Gareth Bale this summer.

Wayne Rooney celebrates his stunning strike

2. Barcelona

Owner/Controlling Shareholder: Club members

Current Value (£bil): 2.1

1-Year value change (%): -1

Revenues (£mil): 432

Operating Income (£mil): 114

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1. Real Madrid

Owner/Controlling Shareholder: Club members

Current Value (£bil): 2.17

1-Year value change (%): -5

Revenues (£mil): 491

Operating Income (£mil): 112

Despite a 5% decrease in value, Real Madrid top the list for the third consecutive year. Who will be the Galactico on the club's shopping list this summer then?

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