There is a new top rank holder in terms of overall club valuation rising in billions of dollars.
Forbes has recently released the latest rankings of most valuable football clubs in the world in 2021. La Liga giants FC Barcelona ranks at the top of the list, while several other elite European clubs have also featured in it. The La Liga giants have narrowly beaten their league rivals Real Madrid CF, who have settled for the second spot.
Interestingly, this is the first time FC Barcelona has been ranked as the richest club in the world, with Real Madrid (5) and Manchester United (11) sharing the honor between them for the past 16 years.
Manchester United remain the most valuable Premier League club, but have slipped down to fourth place. Take a look at the top 10 most valuable football clubs in the world in 2021.
10. Tottenham Hotspur – $2.3 billion
London-based Tottenham Hotspur are tenth in rankings, with a value of $2.3 billion. The club have completed the construction of their state of the art Tottenham Hotspur stadium, which took a large chunk of revenue to be finished. Their revenue over the past year stands at $494 million.
9. Paris Saint-Germain – $2.5 billion
Ligue 1 defending champions Paris Saint-Germain are next up in the list of most valuable football clubs in 2021 with a valuation of $2.5 billion. The club is run extremely professionally by the owners, racking up a revenue of $599 million in 2020 without any debt to boot. They also have some of the most expensive players in their rosters in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
8. Arsenal – $2.8 billion
The next spot goes to another Premier League outfit Arsenal. The London-based club is valued at $2.8 billion. The Gunners are historically rich in trophies and accolades but have struggled to emulate their glories of the past recently. Despite missing out on qualifying for UEFA Champions League last year, the club has accumulated a lot of revenue due to a strong market presence.
7. Chelsea – $3.2 billion
Seventh place is occupied by Chelsea, yet another club from England’s top-flight. The London-based outfit is valued around $3.2 billion. The Blues have brought in a revenue of $520 million, much of it could be due to securing UCL qualification, after finishing fourth in the final league standings.
6. Manchester City – $4 billion
Manchester City are next up in sixth position. The six-time English champions are valued at $4 billion. Their roster has some of the best players and is the most expensive in terms of wages. Thanks to continued success in the domestic sphere, the Manchester-based club is expanding globally in terms of fans and market presence, raking in a lot of revenue as a result.
5. Liverpool – $4.1 billion
Reigning Premier League champions Liverpool occupies the fifth spot among the most valuable football clubs in 2021 with a valuation of $4.1 billion. The defending Premier League champions have been in a breathtaking phase over the past couple of years, also winning the UCL in the process. Their value has increased a whopping 88% in terms of two-year change.
4. Manchester United – $4.2 billion
Manchester United have slipped out of the top three and settled in the fourth place. The club is valued at $4.2 billion. The Red Devils remain Premier League’s most valuable football club, despite not winning the league title since the 2012/2013 season. Thanks to their massive fanbase all over the globe, merchandise sales and market dominance, United were able to generate a revenue of $643 million in 2020.
3. Bayern Munich – $4.215 billion
Heading into the top three, Germany’s FC Bayern Munich are the third most valuable club and the most valuable from the Bundesliga. They are valued around $4.215 billion, narrowly overtaking Manchester United. The defending UCL winners also secured the Bundesliga and the FIFA Club World Cup among other honors in 2020. Their winning efforts earned them a huge revenue of $703 million last year.
2. Real Madrid CF – $4.75 billion
Real Madrid have been dethroned this time around and have to settle for the second place in the rankings. Their value is in the region of $4.75 billion, thereby becoming the second-most valuable club in the world. The La Liga giants are one of the most renowned clubs all over the world boasting of a huge fanbase. Their last year’s revenue was gauged to be in the region of $792 million.
1. FC Barcelona – $4.76 billion
The Spanish giants have been ranked at the top spot among the most valuable football clubs in the world, ending a 16-year hegemony of Manchester United and Real Madrid. The La Liga outfit have earned a similar revenue as that of Los Blancos, in the region of $792 million, but thanks to lower operating costs, they have narrowly surpassed them. The club dominated the market ahead of the 2020/21 season due to the rumors of their legend Lionel Messi leaving, who later stayed another year.