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  • Monday, February, 2021| Today's Market | Current Time: 04:23:17
  • We might be living in uncertain times at the moment, but for football clubs, it’s business as usual, despite the market value of many star players taking a hit. Most sides have and will continue to make various cutbacks due to the world’s economical climate currently, but on the whole, there’s so much money at the top level that many of the biggest sides in the world will continue to thrive. 

    Football is big business these days, and Europe’s elite sides produce some of the biggest earnings in business, let alone sport. Television money has gone up, transfer fees have soared, and sponsorship deals are bigger than ever before. The world’s most popular sport has global appeal, and that appeal is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. In fact, with potential plans to play a Premier League game abroad in the future, the league’s overall pull will only get stronger. 

    England’s top-flight commands bigger crowds than other top divisions throughout Europe. Most fans of the sport would rather play online slots for Indian players or read a book than take in a Ligue 1 encounter between PSG and Lens, for example. Still, that’s not to say that clubs in divisions outside of England don’t record huge financial success. Many do, but the Premier League – largely down to the huge television deal in the country – has eight clubs in the top twenty. 

    To look at it in slightly more detail, we thought we’d take a brief look at some of the richest clubs on the planet, thanks to a little help from Deloitte’s Football Money League. 

    FC Barcelona 

    The world’s richest club at this moment in time, Barcelona saw revenue soar to an almighty €840.8 million last year, which is – rather impressively – a record figure in the sport. It also enabled the club to jump ahead of its fierce rivals Real Madrid. This was achieved thanks to the Barcelona’s title win the previous year, alongside a €150 million surge in revenue which is down to bringing merchandising and licensing operations in-house. 

    Juventus 

    Signing Cristiano Ronaldo elevated Juventus back into the top ten and back with the biggest clubs in the world once again. One of the best players the game has ever seen, Ronaldo’s arrival helped Juventus grow its commercial output massively and grow its merchandise sales, while also improving its all-round brand visibility. The signing of the former Real Madrid star was clearly a game-changer for the Italian champions. 

    Tottenham 

    Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham aren’t ahead of the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and

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    Liverpool, but they’re coming closely behind after recording huge financial success in the last few years. Spurs are London’s richest club following an impressive run in the Champions League which saw them reach the final of the competition, coupled with the club’s move to its impressive new stadium. Tottenham’s success forced fierce rivals Arsenal out the top ten, which will certainly please fans of the club. 

    Paris Saint-Germain

    Paris Saint-Germain and Ligue 1 isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Still, the fact of the matter is its a club who banked the second-highest commercial income in football history, after recording a whopping  €363.4million thanks to numerous deals the club managed to get over line, including renewals with existing partners and sponsorship packages. It also helps to have the likes of Neymar and Mbappe in the club’s ranks, sparking huge merchandise sales in the process. 

    The top 10 richest clubs in the world are: 

    1. Barcelona
    2. Real Madrid
    3. Manchester United
    4. Bayern Munich
    5. PSG
    6. Manchester City 
    7. Liverpool 
    8. Tottenham 
    9. Chelsea 
    10. Juventus