ADVERTORIAL: Richest football clubs in the world 2018
Soccer is the most loved, played, and watched sport in the world, with more than one billion fans watching World Cup Football competitions on television every season. As a result of this love for football, several richest football clubs in the world have emerged to compete for various trophies including UEFA Champions League and English Premier League. This post highlights the richest football clubs in the world.
How the Richest Football Clubs in the World are Determined
While there are several factors used to determine the richest football clubs in the world in 2018, the major one is the playing assets; the market values of the clubs’ players. Fixed assets that include values of stadiums and training centres, and cash deposited in banks are also considered. Additionally, the potential investment of the richest football clubs owners in the world play a significant role in the process.
Top 10 Richest Football Clubs in the World
The following are the top 10 richest football clubs in the world according to TUKO:
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (left) shoots past a diving Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during at English Premier League game.
This club has invested richly in their training centres and stadium that offers them popularity in terms of fixed assets. The huge Premier League broadcast deals and owners’ investment potential have contributed to the cash injection into the club. Moreover, a low debt value of only £15 million is an important reason that justifies their position. Manchester City has a costly squad worth £637 million with Kevin De Bruyne; worth £110 million being the most valuable asset of the club.
Arsenal has a massive asset value of £766 million and net debt low being at £8 million. With the sound business model, the owners have a great potential to invest if they plan to change their business methods. The leading player in terms of value is Alexis Sanchez worth £70.86 million followed by Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette.
This club has left all football enthusiasts surprised this 2018 season due to their heavy investment in the transfer market evidenced by high profile signings of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Guangzhou Evergrande FC
This club is the first non-Asian football club to appear in the top 10 list of the world’s richest football clubs. It is a replica of the growing influence of China in the football world. It is also the second most priced clubs in the Chinese Super League. With ownership net worth of £32 billion, Guangzhou Evergrande has the lowest team value worth only £46 million.
Owned by ENIC Group, the club’s exceptional position on the list is attributed to their fixed asset investment, a growing transfer involvement, and increased wage bill during the last two years. The construction of White Hart Lane will lead to a capacity increase and help generate better revenue for the club.
The club has top-notched figures for its fixed and playing assets. It boasts of the most expensive squad worth £771 million with Christiano Ronaldo valued at £120 million being its leading asset.
The club has a squat worth £524 million with fixed assets rising up to £347 million. Its record signing of Paul Pogba, worth £90 million, was also its impressive step. Manchester United could have, however, ranked higher were it not for its net debt value.
This Turin-based club has a low average attendance of about 39,500 per game, yet this is one of the areas where the club could make money. Its squad valued at £470 million has a surplus of talent that it has been showcasing over the past three years.
Despite its significant and regular activities in the transfer market, Chelsea has also accumulated extraordinary net debt figures that extends up to US$800 million. Eden Hazard is its most talented player and is valued at £100 million.
The club has one of the highest asset values in terms of players worth £603 million. Robert Lewandowski is its most priced player worth £80 million followed by James Rodriguez and Thiago Alcantara.