The European football clubs have always had the upper hand in the world of football. Be it their quality of football or the success they have achieved over the years. And as per their success, they have constantly dominated the finance side as well. The richest football clubs in the world are all from Europe and they have all the reasons to be here. As per a recent report by Brand Finance in football 50, 2021, all the top European clubs are featured in the list. Real Madrid came first for the third straight year leaving behind their league rivals Barcelona at the second spot. Manchester United followed the Catalan club as they still emerged as the most valuable club in England.
The Los Blancos suffered a 10% drop in their brand value but still, they head the world rankings with a €1.27 billion valuation and as the most valuable club in the world.” Real Madrid has consistently been able to secure Champions League qualification year after year,” the report said.
“This consistent influx of Champions League revenue and status has played a central role in the club’s overall success.”
The Catalan club came a close second with a brand value of €1.26bn. They suffered a huge loss during the year, and as a result, they couldn’t afford to keep Lionel Messi. The iconic player even agreed to take a pay-cut but the board still couldn’t manage to register him. With an emotional farewell, the Argentine joined Paris Saint-Germain. However, the recent league and Spanish cup victories still managed to maintain them in second place.
Six of the top 10 ranked clubs in the Football 50 2021 report are Premier League outfits. That clearly suggests the popularity of the league. And Manchester United came third in the list valued at €1.13bn. The red devils became the most valuable club in England closely followed by their city rivals Manchester City. Their recent drop in performance in Europe has been a major reason for the drop of their brand value.
The blue half Manchester is definitely on the rise as they fell just short of the red devils. Their recent success with Pep Guardiola in the league has made a brilliant impact on their overall brand value. The Dubai-owned club is valued at €1.11bn.
The German club’s brand value has dropped in recent times. But their footballing quality hasn’t regressed at all. The Champions League win under Hansi Flick made them the second club alongside Liverpool to have six Champions League. But they couldn’t emulate the same campaign under Naglesman. However, they are still valued at €1.06bn.
These five heavyweights rule the money charts in European football. Even according to Forbes, these five have been massive in recent times. Though the new season just started, and that surely will be dominated by these five once again.