6. Borussia Dortmund – $808 Million
Coming in at the number six spot is Borussia Dortmund, who are the second most successful club in Germany with eight Bundesliga titles and one Champions League. After a tremendous success in the 1990s and early 2000s, Dortmund were hit with a heavy debt load and financial problems due to poor club management. Things got so bad to the point where Bayern Munich had to loan Dortmund €2 million in 2003 to help the club pay their players and staff. Things finally started looking positive for Dortmund in recent years after Jurgen Klopp led them to two consecutive Bundesliga titles with a young and largely unknown roster, which helped the club solve its financial burdens. With much better management nowadays at Dortmund, the German outfit has actually become one of the richest clubs in the world.
5. Paris Saint Germain – $841 Million
Paris Saint Germain had been rarely profitable throughout its history and were struggling to finish top four in France, until the club was purchased by Oryx Qatar Sports Investments back in 2011. Since then, PSG started spending big to attract players, and have found success on the pitch. They won four straight Ligue 1 titles from 2012 to 2016, although they have yet to advance past the quarter-final stage in the Champions League. The French outfit has found success off the pitch as well, with its revenue dramatically rising up thanks to the new ownership. PSG broke the transfer record by a mile when they triggered the €222 million release clause of Neymar in the summer, and will pay €180m for Kylian Mbappe once his loan contract expires at the end of the season.
4. Juventus – $1.26 Billion
Although Juventus were sent to the Serie B in 2006 for their involvement in the Italian match fixing scandal, the club quickly bounced back to the top and have become one of the richest in the world thanks to a steady leadership of the Agnelli family. Over the years, Juventus had sold some of their best players including Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal, and Leonardo Bonucci. But in return, they have brought in people like Andrea Pirlo, Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, and Blaise Matuidi in bargain deals. The club has won the Serie A for the past six seasons straight, and reached the Champions League final twice in last three years.
3. Bayern Munich – $2.71 Billion
Bayern Munich are one of the biggest names in football for their success on the pitch, which explains why they are currently the fourth highest-earning football club in the world, generating €587.8 million in 2017. Formed back in 1900, Bayern have always been the most popular club in Germany due to its achievements. The club has won the Bundesliga 27 times, DFB Pokal 18 times, and the Champions League five times. Although they are currently the fourth richest club in the world, Bayern have a policy of not over spending on a player or over paying one. The club’s most expensive signing was Corentin Tolisso, who only cost €41m, and no player in the squad earns more than £200,000 per week. The perfect example of Bayern’s strict policy is when they decided to pull out of the deal for Alexis Sanchez recently, due to the Chilean asking for more than £300,000 per week.
2. Real Madrid – $3.58 Billion
Real Madrid are the most successful club in the world, and the biggest one as well according to many experts. They have won La Liga a whopping 33 times, the Champions League 12 times, Copa Del Rey 19 times, and the Club World Cup three times. Known for its heavy spending on the best players in the world, Madrid have broken the bank on several signings like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, and Luis Figo. Just like Barcelona, the club is owned by its supporters who elect the club president. The club president cannot invest his own money into the club and the club can only spend what it earns, which is mainly derived through merchandise sales, television rights and ticket sales.
1. Barcelona – $3.63 Billion
In the number one spot, we have Barcelona who are the second richest club in the world after Manchester United. Valued at a whopping $3.63 billion, it is no wonder the club has spent big money on signings like Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez, and Neymar. Apart from its success in the financial department, Barcelona have also enjoyed a lot of success on the pitch with 24 La Liga titles, 5 Champions Leagues, and 29 Copa del Rey titles. The club wasn’t always rolling in money though, they had a lot of debt when Joan Laporta was in charge from 2003 to ’10. However, with Sandro Rosell’s time in charge, and now with Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona have strengthened its finance.