The current era football is not only about playing the game and winning trophies. It has turned into a business since businessmen around the world started investing in. A club, nowadays, has various sources of income and a number of expenses to meet. Quality players ask for high wages, big signings cost release clause. Maintainance of the stadium and salaries of other working staff at the football club requires a large amount of budget to run the organization body. The main source of income of every club remains the sponsorships and the prize money for participating in a competition and progressing in it. The American business magazine “Forbes” released the richest football clubs in the world. European football heavyweight clubs featured in the list including AC Milan. Here we have created a list of top 10 richest football clubs 2016 in European football.
Although Real Madrid dropped their net worth by 5% as compared to the but still holds the first position. The current European champions are on the top of the list since past 3 years and maintain the spot this year as well. Their net worth is approximated to be $2.07 Billion and made the most revenue last year. Their bitter rivals FC Barcelona are in close competition for the richest club. But the Catalans secure the second place behind the mighty Real Madrid.
Top 10 Richest Football Clubs 2016 in European Football
10. Tottenham Hotspurs
The London-based English club Tottenham Hotspurs are on the 10th spot of the list of top 10 richest football clubs 2016 in European Football. They might not be winning trophies but they are not lacking in making great revenue. Since the Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino took charge, Tottenham has improved a lot. They were in a title race with Leicester City in the last season and have a strong squad. According to Forbes, Tottenham Hotspurs have a net worth of $1017 million. Their revenue in the last season was $310 million and are one of the richest in the world.
9. Juventus F.C
The Italian giants Juventus FC won their 5th consecutive Serie A title in May 2016. They are currently on the top of the table of the league. Juventus are one of the best clubs in the world with an exceptionally deep squad and some great players. Their 2015/16 season’s champions league campaign was finished by Bayern Munich. Their current worth is $1299 million and made a revenue of $390 million.
The English side Liverpool has improved greatly under Jurgen Klopp. They progressed to Europa League final but lost to Sevilla. Despite they won their last Premier League title in 1990, but they are still making a lot of money. The club has a net worth of $1548 million and generated a revenue of $471 million.
The last season was a season to forget for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho. But the former Premier League title holders are looking like potential champions this season. Under Conte, Chelsea is at the top of the table with Pedro, Eden Hazard, and Diego Costa staring.
Net Worth: $1661 million
Revenue: $505 million
6. Manchester City
The Spanish genius Pep Guardiola took over as Manchester City manager since the start of the season. He had a brilliant start with the club in the league but their position in the league table has fallen.
Net Worth: $1921 million
Revenue: $558 million
Gunners features on the list on the 5th position of the list top 10 richest football clubs 2016 in European football. Their major source of income is the sponsorship deals since they are not winning any trophies since past few years.
Net Worth: $2017 million
Revenue: $524 million
4. Bayern Munich FC
The German giants Bayern Munich FC is no doubt generating great revenue by winning domestic titles. Their consecutive title winning is in threat this season as they themselves have dropped points. Moreover, the underdogs RB Leipzig are trying to do a Leicester City of German. The title race is quite tough but not on this list.
Net worth: $2678 million
Revenue: $570 million
3. Manchester United
The English club Manchester United was expected to be a team to watch this season. The arrival of a new coach and new players excited the fans. But to their utter disappointment, United is struggling in Europa league as well. But this all doesn’t matter when it comes to revenue.
Net Worth: $3317 million
Revenue: $625 million
2. FC Barcelona
The La Liga champions FC Barcelona is the 2nd richest club in 2016. Although they are behind Real Madrid but their rank might increase because of the new shirt sponsorship deal signed with Rakuten. This might make them the richest club in the world by 2017.
Net Worth: $3549 million
Revenue: $675 million
1. Real Madrid CF
The current European Champions holds their first position for the 3rd consecutive year.
Net Worth: $3645 million
Revenue: $694 million