The Top 10 Most Valuable Football Clubs In The World In 2022
Most Valuable Football Clubs 2022
Football clubs have come a long way in attaining value in recent years and this comes as no surprise when you consider the popularity and the lucrativeness that the round leather game has attained over the years.
It could easily be true that football is the most followed sport in the world and this would come as no surprise as reports and research have shown. As the game continues to evolve in popularity and value, so have a significant number of football clubs around the world.
Football clubs in the world have attracted significant investment from some of the big players across major industries and this hasn’t shown any sign of ending soon.
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We’ve recently seen the progress of Premier League outfit, Chelsea’s acquisition by the Todd Boehly Consortium in a deal reported to be around £4.25bn some days back and there are reports of other big players eying moves for other clubs that would be available for sale.
However, how valuable are these clubs? Value matters for football clubs, and it is no surprise that the most valuable football clubs in the world are the ones that you’d find dominating the game on the domestic and the international stage.
Also, you will find out that the majority of the most valuable football clubs in the world are in Europe, especially in England, Spain, Germany, and Italy, amongst others.
Football is very popular in Europe and I daresay it is the continent that has given the sport the most visibility and publicity. Little wonder why clubs in Europe keep attracting big-time sponsorships and ownership proposals.
In this article, we will be providing you with a list of the top 10 most valuable football clubs in the world in 2022 based on a recent report by Brand Finance.
These clubs have attained the most value in 2022 and with the 2021/22 season across Europe drawing to a close, find them below. We will be starting from the least valuable to the most valuable football clubs in 2022.
Most Valuable Football Clubs In 2022
10. Arsenal FC – 0.96
The North London outfit make the list and have been a force in European football for decades although they’ve experienced a significant decline since the retirement of Arsene Wenger.
Regardless, the Gunners will be in Europe next season and will be looking to return to the UEFA Champions League after missing out on a place to perennial local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the closing stages of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
The Gunners are the 10th most valuable football club in the world based on the report by Brand Finance and can only get better as time goes by under Mikel Arteta.
9. Chelsea FC: 0.97
The Blues as they are fondly called have been a force in European football, the world, and in the Premier League under the ownership of Roman Abramovich.
They recently came out tops in the European Supercup and the FIFA Club World Cup, two titles that have been eluding under the regime of the Russian billionaire.
The Blues have some of the most expensive players in Kepa Arrizabalaga, Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz, and the likes. They are currently managed by German tactician Thomas Tuchel and were not able to defend their 2020/21 UCL title.
Chelsea have been a force with regards to how valuable a club can be in recent years and have now seen the end of the Roman Abramovich era.
The Blues are getting new owners in the Todd Boehly Consortium who have agreed to a deal to buy the Stamford Bridge outfit.
8. Tottenham Hotspur: 0.97
Tottenham Hotspur is an English club that has attained value over the years under the chairmanship of shrewd businessman Daniel Levy.
The North Londoners have carved a niche for themselves as one of the biggest clubs in European football based on value and also one of the biggest earners in the Premier League.
They also own their football stadium known as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The stadium has been described as the most technologically advanced stadium and venue in the United Kingdom.
They are presently under the management of serial winner Antonio Conte. They were having a mixed 2021/22 season before the arrival of the Italian.
Tottenham is now on course for a place in next season’s Champions League if they can usurp local rivals Arsenal and maybe Chelsea with just 3 games left to the end of the season.
The club also boasts decent world-class players in Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Son Heung-min, and the likes. Spurs are the 10th most valuable football club in the world in 2022 and they can only get better.
7. Paris Saint-Germain: 1.07bn
The list wouldn’t be complete without the Ligue 1 giants although they have failed to make a mark at the elite stage of European club football, the UEFA Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain are funded by the QIA (Qatar Investment Authority) and have shot up to worldwide prominence since a deal was struck.
The players they have in their ranks and have signed in the past show how financially buoyant they are. Presently, they can boast of the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, etc. The biggest achievement for the club in the transfer market came in 2021 when they signed Lionel Messi from Barcelona.
The French club earn from fan attendance to Parc de Princes and from jersey sales. They also have partnerships with external entities like Ooredoo, Orange, etc.
6. Bayern Munich: 1.18bn
The Bavarian giants are indeed the giants of German football and one of the elite traditional clubs in European football.
It can be recalled that they established themselves as only the second club in Europe to win a continental treble twice and this was achieved by the Bundesliga giants in 2019/20.
On a global level, the Bundesliga club are up there with the biggest earners in football and have dominated the Bundesliga for years now.
The 2021/22 season under Julian Nagelsmann has seen them n pole position to be confirmed as Bundesliga champions yet again although they failed to make a mark in the UCL this term.
They have some of the best legs in Europe such as the lethal Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, Alphonso Davies, etc.
5. Manchester United: 1.4bn
It is no more news that the Red Devils are one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and in the world and their wage bill speaks volumes of this fact.
However, despite how valuable they’ve been since the departure of Alex Ferguson, it has been a different ball game on the pitch as they have struggled both domestically and internationally.
Regardless, they continue to attract major sponsorships and it is proof of how lucrative, big, and valuable the Manchester United brand is.
Their stadium Old Trafford is one of the most visited with regards to fan attendance for both domestic and European games.
The 2021/22 season has been a very poor season by the club’s standards as they won’t be in the UEFA Champions League next season, even after the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and appointment of Ralf Rangnick.
Ronaldo returned to the club and this is another development that caused the club’s value to spike with regard to jersey sales and fan attendance at Old Trafford.
The Manchester outfit boasts some of the most valuable players such as the usual suspect Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba, etc.
4. Liverpool FC: 1.4bn
The Reds as they are fondly called are one of the most decorated teams in England, Europe, and the world at large.
They are also on course for another European success in 2022 but have the hurdle of Real Madrid to cross.
The Reds are one of the most exciting teams and have been so since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp to the managerial helm at Anfield. Their home ground known as Anfield is also one of the most intimidating grounds for visiting teams.
They were on course for a quadruple this term but their aspirations for the 2021/22 Premier League title may have been quashed after they drew 1 all at home to Antonio Conte’s Spurs on Matchday 35.
Regardless, the Reds are a prestigious side and also boast some world-class players who have been attracting interest from top sides. Some of these players are Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane, and the likes.
The Reds also have partnerships worth millions with the likes of Nike, Standard Chartered, etc.
3. FC Barcelona: 1.4bn
Barcelona have refused to fall into oblivion despite their financial struggles after the departure of Lionel Messi and issues with the Bartomeu regime.
Juan Laporta has steadied the ship as the new president of the club, ensuring that the Catalan giants maintain their place as one of the most valuable football clubs in the world in 2022.
The 2021/22 season saw the return of Xavi Hernandez to the club as manager and he has successfully ensured the return of Barcelona to the Champions League for the 2022/23 football season.
Barcelona are undoubtedly one of the biggest brands in world football and are moving on from Lionel Messi.
The La Liga giants earn both domestically and internationally from broadcasting rights and recently signed a deal with global streaming giants Spotify worth €280 million (£236m/$309m).
Based on the partnership deal, Spotify would own the naming rights to the Camp Nou and it will now be referred to as the Spotify Camp Nou coupled with shirt branding.
They have some top-class players in their ranks alongside some emerging young talents such as Ansu Fatio, Pedri, and Frenkie de Jong.
2. Manchester City: 1.4bn
The Citizens! The Blue side of Manchester are arguably the best club in the Premier League based on domestic successes in the last decade. They are easily one of the most valuable football clubs in the world in 2022 and this is a no-brainer.
They boast of elite owners, an elite manager in Pep Guardiola, and many elite players in their ranks. Therefore, attracting major sponsorship is not a major concern.
However, just like PSG, despite their spending power, they have consistently fallen short in the UEFA Champions League.
They lost the 2021 UCL final to Chelsea in a match where they were favorites and were ousted from the semifinals of the 2021/22 UCL competition in shocking fashion by Real Madrid. All they needed to do was to hold on but they fell short.
The Citizens have some elite players in their ranks like Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva, and the likes.
As stated earlier about their domestic dominance, they have won 5 out of 10 Premier League titles since 2011 and are on course to win it again in the 2021/22 season.
They play their home games at the Etihad and this is a fortress for the Citizens in all competitions. They have partnerships with the likes of Tecno, Puma, Etisalat, Nissan, etc.
1. Real Madrid: 1.5bn
The Los Blancos are the biggest team in Europe and cannot be left out of this list.
Their unrivaled success in European competitions, the UCL precisely, continues to blossom as they are already in the final of 2021/22 UCL against Liverpool. They can easily pass for the most popular football team in the world.
Seeing how they have attained significant success over the years and decades, attracting significant sponsorship from entities is hardly a challenge.
It can be recalled that Santiago Bernabeu’s renovation was completed ahead of the 2021/22 season allowing them to play home games on their traditional ground this term.
They are currently managed by Carlo Ancelotti and have already won La Liga for the 2021/22 season. They have some decent players in the likes of Junior Vinicius, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois, and the likes.
Real Madrid also have partnerships with elite entities like Adobe, Emirates, Audi, etc.
Conclusion – Most Valuable Football Clubs 2022
It is a no-brainer that football is easily the most exciting sport in the world.
The round leather game is also a very attractive sport for investors and this has been reflected in how valuable a lot of football clubs have turned out in recent times.
In this article, we have listed the major clubs that have attained the most value and financial significance from the growth, popularity, and evolution of the sport.
The aforementioned clubs are the most valuable football clubs in the world in 2022 and it is not a surprise as these clubs have wholly dominated the round leather game on the domestic scene, European scene, and the world at large.
Real Madrid remains the most valuable club in football in 2022.