Top 10 Richest Football Clubs In The World – 2014

Football is arguably one of the most popular sports on the planet. As you would expect it draws a lot of interest from the media in addition to generating revenue only few business can match. Below is a comprehensive list of the top 10 richest football clubs in the world 2014 according to Deloitte.

The list is based on revenues amassed from ticket sales, TV rights, advertising agreements, merchandising sales and sponsorship deals.

10. AC Milan (2013/14 Revenue £ 225.8 m)

Despite having a devastating season in 2013 /14 domestically, the Rossoneri have managed to feature in the top 10 richest football clubs list yet again. Of the many football clubs playing in the Italian Serie A, only AC Milan have managed to reach the knock out stages of the UEFA Champions League this term, meaning that they’ve to win it if they’re going to have any piece of silverware this season.

9. Juventus (2013/14 Revenue £ 233.5 m)

The arrival of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and the French prodigy Paul Pogba has seen Juventus cement its place in the richest soccer clubs list. This club has won two consecutive Scudetto crowns and is on its way to winning the third title this season. The tidings are certainly good at Juventus and times can only get better.

8. Arsenal (2013/14 Revenue £ 243.6 m)

Arguably one of the best run clubs financially in the whole of England, Arsenal has always featured among the world’s richest football clubs for the last one decade. This has made them a force to reckon with in the transfer market and the acquisition of Mezut Ozil is a clear indication of things to come. They’re also in contention for the premier league of the first time in years.

7. Chelsea (2013/14 Revenue £ 260 m)

Chelsea is one of the biggest football clubs in the world, thanks to the ownership of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Although this is a drop from last year’s position 6, this English side can hope for a better ranking next year seeing that they sit pretty at the pinnacle of the Premier League standings under the guidance of the “special one” Jose Mourinho.

6. Manchester City (2013/14 Revenue £ 271 m)

Up one spot from last year’s rankings, Manchester City is in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League for the first time thanks to their new manager Manuel Pellegrini. Backed by the financial muscle from the UAE, City has the spending power to make sure they remain among the richest football clubs in the world for a long time.

5. Paris Saint- Germain (2013/14 Revenue £ 341.8 m)

Yet another club that has the backing of affluent Middle East investors, Paris Saint- Germain won their first title last season since 1994. The fortunes of the club are on the upward trend and with likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura and Thiago Silva there are better times ahead. This is further cemented by the signings of Edinson Cavani and Parc des Princes for mind boggling fees.

4. Manchester United (2013/14 Revenue £ 363.2 m)

This is the first time the Red Devils have dropped out of the top three richest soccer clubs. There have been major changes at the Old Trafford with David Moyes replacing the long serving tactician Sir Alex Ferguson as head coach. It would be too early to rule out United as one of the top flight football clubs given the fact they’re still in contention for the coveted UEFA Champions League.

3. Bayern Munich (2013/14 Revenue £ 369.6 m)

Bayern Munich had an incredible season last year, winning the Bundesliga, DfB Pokal and the UEFA Champions League trophies under Jupp Heynckes. They are on a roll this year as well and are the hot favorites to retain all the three titles thanks to dazzling play, talented players, financial capabilities and an equally amazing head coach, Pep Guardiola.

2. Barcelona (2013/14 Revenue £ 413.6 m)

Coming in at number two in the world’s richest football clubs list are the Catalans, fresh from signing the Brazilian superstar Neymar. Famed for their free flowing football Barcelona remains one of the top football clubs that easily attracts huge television revenues across the globe. This is attributed to the fact that they feature regularly in almost all major competitions.

1. Real Madrid (2013/14 Revenue £ 477.7 m)

With big names like FIFA Ballon d’Or holder Christiano Ronaldo and former Tottenham Hotspur ace Gareth Bale, Real Madrid is the richest club in the world. They’re backed by the financial power of Florentino Perez, a construction mogul. Their ability to bargain their own individual television rights is what has seen them build up revenues past all the other football clubs on the planet.

The world’s richest football clubs list may change as revenue change, but for now these are the richest soccer clubs 2014.


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