Most Valuable Football Clubs in the World in 2021
COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on football, both sportingly and financially, but the full financial impact of the pandemic became apparent when Forbes unveiled its list of the most valuable and expensive football clubs in the world in 2021.
According to the magazine, the average revenue of the top 20 clubs in the 2019-2020 season decreased by 9.6%, to $ 441 million, compared to the 2017-2018 season. However, despite a drop in revenues due to the restriction of attendance at matches, the price of the most expensive football clubs in 2021 is up 30% compared to the figure recorded two years ago. And a new leader has appeared in the ranking.
10 Most Valuable and Expensive Football Clubs of 2021
- Tottenham – $ 2.3 billion
One of the most valuable clubs in the world includes superstars such as Harry Kane, Son Heung Min, and Gareth Bale, as well as several talented athletes – Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Region, and Pierre-Emile Huybjerg.
On April 25, Tottenham players will face Manchester City players in the English Football League Cup final, which may well influence Jose Mourinho’s future at the club. And with the money invested in the team, as well as in the construction of the new stadium, Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy will be keeping a close eye on the club’s performance.
- Paris Saint-Germain – $ 2.5 billion
Under the leadership of former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, Paris Saint-Germain is consolidating its position as one of the largest football clubs in the world. When the club paid a record € 222 million transfer fee to lure Neymar out of Barcelona and then discharged Kylian Mbappe for € 145 million, it was a show of intent that left the football world frozen in anticipation of PSG’s big wins. These two superstars are in great shape. And in 2021, the Parisian club is one of the favorites to win the Champions League. In the semifinals of the tournament, he will face Manchester City.
- Arsenal – $ 2.8 billion
In recent seasons, Arsenal has added some costly additions to the squad, such as Lille striker Nicolas Pepe and Saint-Etienne’s Salibu, but work continues to improve the squad. And since Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City are not afraid to spend big money on transfers, Arsenal will have to be smart about their acquisitions. The club is currently ranked 9th in the Premier League and is in the Europa League semi-finals.
- Chelsea – $ 3.2 billion
Last summer, one of the most valuable football clubs was in the news, spending 247 million euros during the summer transfer window to strengthen his team. It includes Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, as well as Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Thiyago Silva, and Eduard Mendy.
Despite these costs, the Blues fired coach Frank Lampard in January 2021 due to the team’s poor performance. German coach Thomas Tuchel has revitalized the team and Chelsea is now in the Champions League semi-finals. She is ranked 5th in the standings and will face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals.
- Manchester City – $ 4 billion
Manchester City players will face Tottenham in the FA Cup final, Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals, and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League semi-finals. These matches will determine whether Manchester City’s season will be good or bad. And to strengthen its roster, the club, according to rumors, intends to buy midfielder of the English national team and Aston Villa, Jack Grealish during the summer transfer campaign. And also ready to extend the contract with midfielder Phil Foden, offering him a more favorable agreement.
- Liverpool – $ 4.1 billion
The cash rewards for winning the Champions League and Premier League have helped Liverpool strengthen their financial profile lately. And this is good, because shortly the club may incur large expenses on the purchase of 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham if Chelchi does not buy him earlier.
The young and talented player is valued at 115 million euros. Also, according to Goal, Liverpool may return Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez if Mohammed Salah leaves the club. According to rumors, Real Madrid is ready to purchase it.
- Manchester United – $ 4.2 billion
Under the leadership of Ed Woodward, Manchester United managed, if not increase, then retain most of their income, even amid the pandemic. According to the auditing company Deloitte, the club lost 135 million euros in 2020, which is 19% less than in the previous year. And it is worth noting that even ten years ago there was not a single club that would have been close to the “red devils” in financial terms.
- Bayern Munich – $ 4.215 billion
Bayern’s incredibly successful season fueled a merchandising boom that placed the club in second place in merchandise sales. Bayern has also been able to capitalize on social media trends by launching a daily show on Tik Tok.
- Real Madrid – $ 4.75 billion
Real Madrid has been an inconsistent team this season but has managed to prove themselves just when it was needed. Zinedine Zidane’s team is second in the Spanish Championship, one point behind the leader, Atletico Madrid.
But although “overall” in La Liga and the ranking of the richest football clubs, “Real” was on the second line, it is in the lead in terms of commercial profit. Advertising and sponsorship contracts earned the club $ 424 million over 2019-2020.
- Barcelona – $ 4.76 billion
For more than a decade, Real Madrid and Manchester United have alternately topped the Forbes ranking of the most valuable football teams. But this year they were replaced by Barcelona, although the Catalan giants have had financial and reputational problems that make it difficult to pay salaries and buy players.
In addition to the fact that Lionel Messi wanted to leave the club amid the unsuccessful end of last season, the team also dealt with the departure of Josep Maria Bartomeu from the presidency. Bartomeu was then arrested in the Barcagate case and the club’s offices were ransacked on corruption charges.
Despite all the difficulties, Barça was able to earn $ 275 million from broadcasts, this is the best result of any football team. But the commercial profit for the club is modest – $ 377 million compared to $ 424 million for Real Madrid.