Football has become one of the most valuable sports world over. Apart from the country side, another most entertaining and all year round aspect of football that makes the sports interesting and engrossing is the club side. Football Clubs around the world is the most lucrative part of game. Clubs are owned by billionaires or a group of stakeholders. The amount of money pushed into a club by the owner(s), determines to a great extent the class of players in the club.
If the owner(s) of a club is well-to-do and are willing to pump in reasonable amount of money to its club, then, you can determine the quality of players in the club. And this boils down to the matches, competitions, leagues, cups and trophies the club are likely to win in and out of season.
Here, we have the list of the top 20 Football Clubs in the world with their values as recorded by Forbes’ rich list, 2017.
Top 20 Richest Football Clubs In The World & Their Net Worth
20. Newcastle United ($383 Million)
Newcastle United is an English Club owned Mike Ashley – an English billionaire retail entrepreneur in the sporting goods market. They have won four League Championship titles, six FA Cups and a Charity Shield, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup. The club is also set to win the 2017 Championship title. Her net worth is $383 million as at the time of this article.
19. Napoli ($396 Million)
The Italian club made it to Forbes top 20 richest football clubs in the world with a net worth of $396 million. Napoli has won Serie A twice, and been runners-up six times, the Coppa Italia five times, the Supercoppa Italiana twice, and the 1988–89 UEFA Cup. It is ranked 5th most valuable football club in Serie A.
18. AS Roma ($508 million)
AS Roma is the 18th on the list. The Italian club is currently playing without a kit sponsor. That notwithstanding the club won Serie A 3 times, as well as winning nine Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. In European competitions Roma won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1960–61. The net worth of the club is currently rated at $508 million.
17. West Ham United ($542 million)
West Ham United is an English football club founded in 1900 by Arnold Hills, owner of Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company. It is like a Family Club. 50% of the club’s share is owned recently by David Sullivan and David Gold. West Ham have been winners of the FA Cup three times, in 1964, 1975, and 1980, and have also been runners-up twice, in 1923, and 2006. West Ham also won the Intertoto Cup in 1999 and has a net worth of $542 million.
16. Inter Milan ($559 million)
Popularly known as Internazionale, Inter Milan is the 16th club on Forbes list of top 20 richest football clubs in the world. The Italian club is owned by an Indonesian businessman (founder and owner of Mahaka Group) called Erick Thohir. Internazionale has won 30 domestic trophies on par with its local rivals A.C. Milan, including 18 league titles, 7 Coppa Italia and 5 Supercoppa Italiana. From 2006 to 2010, the club won five successive league titles, equaling the all-time record at that time. The club has also won three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.
15. Atletico Madrid ($559 million)
Atletico Madrid is Madrid’s second biggest club and the 15th richest football clubs in the world. The owners of the club are Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, Enrique Cerezo, and Wang Jianlin. Atletico de Madrid is the third most successful club in Spain apart from Real Madrid and Barcelona. Atlético have won La Liga on 10 occasions, including a league and cup double in 1996; the Copa del Rey on 10 occasions; two Supercopas de España and one Copa Eva Duarte. The club has a current net worth of $559 million.
14. Schalke 04 ($655 Million)
Schalke 04 is a professional German association-football club. The club’s play field is the Veltins-Arena in Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Since its introduction in 1904, Schalke has won seven German championships, five DFB-Pokals, one DFL-Supercup and one UEFA Cup. Currently it is rated seventh-best football team in Europe by UEFA’s 2015 UEFA club rankings. Her net worth is $655 Million.
13. Paris Saint-German ($814 Million)
Paris Saint-German is a French club which is currently ranking 13th in the list of top 20 richest football club in the world. PSG is the most successful French club in history in terms of trophies won. They have won 34 trophies so far. Domestic trophies to their credit include, six Ligue 1 titles, eleven French Cups, seven French League Cups, seven French Super Cups and one Ligue 2 title. The club is owned by Oryx Qatar Sports Investments and this has placed her as not only the richest club in France but one of the wealthiest in the world.
12. A.C. Milan ($825 Million)
The Italian Club is owned by Silvio Berlusconi and is ranked 12th on the list. New Chinese owners that just took over the ownership of the club will help boost the club’s fortune. However, the club is currently worth $825 Million according to Forbes list.
11. Borussia Dortmund ($836 Million)
Borussia Dortmund is the 11th Club on the list. The German club is currently worth $836 Million. This means little or no increment in revenue because they were not able to qualify for Champions League last season. Meanwhile, Dortmund is one of the most successful clubs in German football history winning eight German championships, four DFB-Pokals, five DFL-Supercups, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and one Intercontinental Cup.