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The Top 20 Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

If you are a soccer fan, then this list of the top wealthiest soccer teams in 2014 is for you. But even if you are more keen on other sports, you fill find the countdown very interesting. Without a doubt, soccer is a very profitable business, but one which is relatively undiscovered in the U.S.

As a matter of fact, the most profitable sport teams in the country are baseball’s New York Yankees ($2.5 billion) and American football’s Dallas Cowboys ($2.3 billion). However, when it comes to soccer, a minor yet growing sport in America, Europe rules, without a doubt. So much so, that in this year’s list of the top wealthiest soccer teams in 2014, we can only find European clubs; at least in the 2013 ranking The Americas were represented by Corinthians, a Brazilian team.

Naturally, the sports industry as a whole is very profitable: basketball, football, baseball and soccer being the top team sports. On the other hand, tennis is the solo (or doubles) sport that brings in the big bucks for its players. If you want to know more about the tennis business just check out our list of the Top 10 Best Paid Tennis Stars in the World and see for yourself just how much money is involved in this sport.

Now, coming back to our present countdown, you should know that it is based on the data published by Forbes magazine last July. But some time after that article was published, Wall Street revealed, and Forbes later agreed, that the shares of Manchester United surged almost 5% after the team announced its kit deal with Adidas, worth $130 million a year. Naturally, this altered the list significantly, as you will later see. On the other hand, there are some new surprises in the 2014 countdown of the 20 richest soccer teams worldwide: a Turkish club made the cut for the first time in history, and there’s a new French team on the list as well (spoiler alert: the French teams that were on last year’s list didn’t make it to the top 20 this year.)

Before going into the list, you should know that the team values taken into account are enterprise values based on the current stadium deals. So, eager to get to know which are the top wealthiest soccer teams in 2014? Well, here’s the opulent countdown!

 

20. Napoli

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: Italy

Value: $296 million

Revenue: $156 million

Last year’s ranking: 17th

19. Roma

 

Country: Italy

Value: $307 million

Revenue: $162 million

Last year’s ranking: –

 

18. Hamburg

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: Germany

Value: $326 million

Revenue: $176 million

Last year’s ranking: 18th

 

17. Atlético Madrid

 

Country: Spain

Value: $328 million

Revenue: $156 million

Last year’s ranking: –

 

16. Galatasaray

Country: Turkey

Value: $347 million

Revenue: $204 million

Last year’s ranking: –

 

15. Paris Saint-Germain

 

Country: France

Value: $415 million

Revenue: $518 million

Last year’s ranking: –

 

14. Internazionale

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: Italy

Value: $483 million

Revenue: $219 million

Last year’s ranking: 14th

 

13. Tottenham Hotspur

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: England

Value: $514 million

Revenue: $224 million

Last year’s ranking: 11th

 

12. Schalke 04

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: Germany

Value: $580 million

Revenue: $258 million

Last year’s ranking: 12th

 

11. Borussia Dortmund

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: Germany

Value: $599 million

Revenue: $333 million

Last year’s ranking: 13th

 

10. Liverpool

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: England

Value: $704 million

Revenue: $313 million

Last year’s ranking: 10th

 

9. Juventus

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: Italy

Value: $850 million

Revenue: $354 million

Last year’s ranking: 8th

 

8. Milan

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: Italy

Value: $856 million

Revenue: $343 million

Last year’s ranking: 6th

 

7. Manchester City

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: England

Value: $863 million

Revenue: $411 million

Last year’s ranking: 9th

 

6. Chelsea

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: England

Value: $868 million

Revenue: $394 million

Last year’s ranking: 7th

 

5. Arsenal

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: England

Value: $1,331 million

Revenue: $370 million

Last year’s ranking: 4th

 

4. Bayern Munich

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: Germany

Value: $1,850 million

Revenue: $561 million

Last year’s ranking: 5th

 

3. Barcelona

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: Spain

Value: $3,200 million

Revenue: $627 million

Last year’s ranking: 3rd

 

2. Real Madrid

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: Spain

Value: $3,440 million

Revenue: $675 million

Last year’s ranking: 1st

 

1. Manchester United

Top Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

Country: England

Value: $ 3,600 million

Revenue: $613 million

Last year’s ranking: 2nd