Once again, Manchester United has had the pleasure of being named to the top of the list of the most valuable football teams in the world, as published by Forbes Magazine in June 2018. The list is compiled based on the financial strength of these football teams by calculating their aggregate operating revenue over three seasons and the revenues they generated. Thereafter, the teams are then ranked by their enterprise value.
It really is no surprise to see that the twelve most valuable football teams in the World are all European based clubs. This is because the game was founded in Europe and the business of running a club has proven to be more profitable on the continent than anywhere else. The English Premier League has six teams on the list, thanks to its very lucrative broadcasting revenues from both home and overseas, as well as from sponsorship deals. Of the six other teams that make up the list, Spain and Germany are represented by two teams each, while France and Italy are represented by one team apiece.
12 Most Valuable Football Teams in the World
- Borussia Dortmund — $901million
German Bundesliga team, Borussia Dortmund, is the second most valuable club in Germany and 12th most valuable football team in the world. It was founded on December 19, 1909, by eighteen football players from the city of Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Since its inception, BVB, as the club is popularly called, has won 8 German Bundesliga titles, 4 DFB-Pokals, 5 DFL-Supercups, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and one Intercontinental Cup.
The club, whose traditional home jersey is made of up of a yellow shirt and black shorts, plays its home games in an over 80,000 capacity arena called Westfalenstadion, or for sponsorship reasons, Signal Iduna Park. Its current president is Reinhard Rainfall and its CEO is Hans-Joachim Watzke. Borussia Dortmund’s current captain is German international player, Marco Reus, and its Head coach is Lucien Favre.
- Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) — $917million
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is a French football team based in the capital city of France, that was founded on August 12, 1970. With a value of $917million, the club is the 11th most valuable football team in the World. It also has the sixth highest revenue in the footballing world with annual revenue of €486.2million.
PSG, whose team’s traditional colors are red and blue, plays its home games in Parc des Princes, which holds a maximum capacity of 47,929. The club is currently owned by Oryx Qatar Sports Investments and has Nasser Al-Khelaifi as its president. Thomas Tuchel serves as the Head Coach of the side while the team’s current skipper is Thiago Silva.
Since its formation, PSG has won 7 Ligue 1 titles, 1 Ligue 2 title, 12 Coupe de France, 8 Coupe de la, Ligue, 8 Trophée des Champions, 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup. It is also the only French club to never have been relegated from France top-flight league.
- Tottenham Hotspur — $1.237billion
Number 10 on the most valuable football teams list is the London-based football team, Tottenham Hotspur, whose current operating income is $141 million with a revenue of $387 million.
The team, which was founded on September 5, 1982, is currently owned by ENIC International Limited and its chairman is Daniel Levy. Argentine coach, Mauricio Pochettino, currently manages the side while France’s 2018 World Cup-winning goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, is the captain.
In its history, Tottenham, whose traditional home kit is a white shirt and navy blue short, has won 2 English Premier League titles, 8 FA Cups, 4 EFL Cups, 7 FA Community Shields, 2 UEFA Cups and one European Cup Winners’ Cup. Following the demolition of its old stadium, the club is currently temporarily playing its home games at Wembley Stadium as its new stadium is being constructed on the same site.
- Juventus — $1.472billion
Juventus is the only Italian team to make it to the list of the Most Valuable Football Teams in the World. The Old Lady, as it is famously nicknamed, was founded 121 years ago, on November 1, 1879. The Turin-based club is owned by the Agnelli family and has Andrea Agnelli as its chairman. It plays its home matches in its newly constructed 41,507 capacity Allianz Stadium.
Since its inception, Juventus, whose traditional home kit is a black and white striped shirt and white short, has won 34 Scudetto titles (Serie A), 1 Serie B title, 13 Coppa Italia, 8 Super Coppa, 2 UEFA Champions League trophies, 3 UEFA Cups, 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup and 2 Intercontinental Cup.
Massimiliano Allegri serves as the current manager of the side while defender Giorgio Chiellini is the captain.
- Liverpool — $1.944billion
Liverpool Football Club is the 8th most valuable football team in the world, with a value of $1.944billion. The English Premier League club was founded on June 3, 1892, by a local businessman named John Houlding. It is now currently owned by Fenway Sports Group and its chairman is Tom Werner. German coach Jürgen Klopp serves as the current manager of the side while the team is captained by Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool wears a traditional all red jersey as its home kit and plays its home game in Anfield, which holds a maximum capacity of 53,394. As of January 2019, the Merseyside club has won 18 English Premier League titles, 7 FA Cups, 8 EFL Cups, 15 Community Shields, 3 UEFA Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups and 5 UEFA Champions League trophies, which makes them the most successful English team in Europe.
- Chelsea — $2.06billion
West London based football club, Chelsea, is the 8th highest earning football club, and the 7th most valuable football team in the World. At the end of the 2017/2018 football season, the team reportedly earned a revenue of $466 million.
Chelsea, who plays their home games in Stamford Bridge and wears a traditional all-blue home kit, was founded on March 10, 1905. The club is currently under the ownership of Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich and has Bruce Buck as its chairman. The team is managed by Italian coach Mauricio Sarri and is captained by Englishman Garry Cahill.
Since its formation, the club has won 8 EPL titles, 8 FA Cups, 5 EFL Cups, 4 FA Community Shields, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup and one UEFA Champions League.
- Arsenal — $2.238billion
Arsenal Football Club, widely known by the nickname, The Gunners, earns a place on the most valuable football teams list thanks to its operating income of $178 million and its revenue of $531million.
The North London-based club, who plays its home games in the Emirates Stadium, which holds a maximum capacity of 60,260, is currently owned by Kroenke Sports and Entertainment and its chairman is Sir Chips Keswick. Its current captain is French defender Laurent Koscielny and Unai Emery serves as the head coach.
Since its formation in 1886, Arsenal has won 13 EPL titles, 13 FA Cups, 2 EFL Cups, 15 FA Community Shields, and one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
- Manchester City — $2.474billion
It should not come as a surprise to see Manchester City among the most valuable football teams. The club, which was founded in 1880, is owned by one of football’s wealthiest owners, Sheikh Mansour, who is worth more than £17 billion. Mansour, through his Abu Dhabi United Group, owns 86.4% of the club while 13.79% of the club is owned the Chinese investment company, CITIC Group. The club’s chairman is Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
The English Premier League side wears a sky blue shirt and white short as its home kit and plays its home games at the City of Manchester Stadium. The team is currently managed by Spanish coach Pep Guardiola and its club captain is Belgian defender Vincent Kompany.
In its history, Manchester City has won 5 EPL titles, 5 FA Cups, 5 EFL Cups, 5 FA Community Shields, and one European Cup Winners’ Cup.
- Bayern Munich — $3.063billion
Bayern Munich is the most decorated German football club in history, and the fourth highest-earning football club in the world. Following the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, the club reported revenue of €657.4 million and an operating profit of €136.5 million.
The Bundesliga outfit, which was founded on 27 February 1900, have won a record 28 Bundesliga titles, a record 18 DFB-Pokal, a record 7 DFB/DFL-Supercups, and a record 6 DFL-LigaPokal. On the European front, the side has managed 5 UEFA Champions League trophies, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, 2 Intercontinental Cups, and one FIFA Club World Cup.
At the helm of affairs of the club is President Uli Hoenes and Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The team, on the other hand, is managed by Niko Kovac and captained by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
- FC Barcelona — $4.064billion
Football Club Barcelona is a supporters owned and operated football team that was founded on November 29, 1899. The Catalunian club, which plays its home games at Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe by capacity, with a maximum capacity of 99,354, reports an annual turnover of €690.4 million.
The club’s president is Josep Maria Bartomeu while Ernesto Valverde manages the team and the legendary Argentinian forward, Lionel Messi, who is also the club’s record goalscorer, captains the team. In its history, Barcelona has won 25 La Liga titles, 30 Copa del Rey, 13 Supercopa de España, 5 UEFA Champions League trophies, 4 UEFA Cup Winner’s Cups, 5 UEFA Super Cups, and 3 FIFA Club World Cups.
- Real Madrid — $4.088billion
Real Madrid is without a doubt the most successful team in Europe and in the world. Los Blancos, as they are famously called because of their all-white traditional home jersey, was founded on March 6, 1902. As of 2018, they are the highest-earning football club in the world, with an annual revenue of €750.9 million.
The club is one of three founding members of La Liga and it has never been relegated from the top professional Spanish league since its inception in 1929. The club’s president is Florentino Pérez and the team is captained by Spanish World Cup-winning defender, Sergio Ramos and coached by Santiago Solari.
Real Madrid has won a record 33 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey, 10 SupercopaEspaña, a record 13 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Cups, 4 UEFA Super Cups, 3 Intercontinental Cups, and a record 4 FIFA Club World Cups.
- Manchester United — $4.123billion
Manchester United, which is known for their traditional red colored jersey, is the most valuable team in world football, with a value of $4.123billion and an annual revenue of $737million.
The Red Devils were founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR F.C. but changed to Manchester United in 1902. It is owned by Manchester United PLC. The team, which plays its home games in Old Trafford, a stadium that has a maximum capacity of 74,879, is currently managed by caretaker manager Ole Gunner Solskjær while the team is captained by Antonio Valencia.
In its history, Manchester United have won a record 20 EPL titles, 12 FA Cups, 5 EFL Cups, a record 21 FA Community Shields, 3 UEFA Champions League titles, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup.