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World’s 50 Most Valuable Football Clubs in 2024

Written by on May 8, 2024

Highlights

  • MLS teams dominate the lower rankings, with European powerhouses like Barcelona and Real Madrid leading the top.
  • Premier League clubs make up a significant portion of the top 10 list, showcasing the league’s financial strength.
  • Manchester United reigns as the most valuable football club globally, despite recent on-the-pitch challenges.



Prices in football tend to fluctuate, whether that be the price of the new home shirt in the club megastore or a certain players’ valuation – but one thing that doesn’t tend to go either up and down significantly is the price of a football club as an entity. But who, in world football, has the highest value as a club? Is it one of the English top flight sides that take the crown, or will it be either of Spain’s top dogs – most notably Real Madrid or Barcelona – who come out on top?

With the help of using figures compiled by Sportico, the beautiful game’s 50 most valuable clubs have been ranked from 50th to 1st. Sportico calculates a club’s revenue stream based on figures published in their annual accounts, with revenue broken down into three separate categories: broadcast, commercial and matchday. Let’s get into the numbers.



50-41

Aston Villa 44th, Eintracht Frankfurt 46th

The Most Valuable Football Clubs – 50-41

Rank

Team

League

Valuation

50.

Houston Dynamo

MLS

£440.10m

49.

San Jose Earthquakes

MLS

£448.10m

48.

Monterrey

Liga MX

£452.10m

47.

Flamengo

Brazilian Serie A

£456.10m

46.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Bundesliga

£464.10m

45.

Atalanta

Serie A

£476.11m

44.

Aston Villa

Premier League

£480.11m

43.

RB Leipzig

Bundesliga

£488.11m

42.

NY Red Bulls

MLS

£492.11m

41.

Sporting Kansas City

MLS

£504.11m


Let’s start at 50, shall we? Major League Soccer duo Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes are the first two clubs on the list with respective valuations of £440.10m and £448.10m – and they are closely followed by Liga MX’s Monterrey (£452.10m) and Brazilian side Flamengo, who are valued at £456.10m.

The first side from Europe’s top five leagues to be included are 2022/23 Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt. The German side is the 46th-most valuable football club and would’ve been boosted by their aforementioned triumph.

Serie A’s Atalanta and RB Leipzig of the Bundesliga follow as football’s 45th and 43rd most valuable clubs with respective valuations of £476.11m and £488.11m, all while the high-flying Aston Villa, who looked poised to secure Champions League football for next term under Unai Emery’s tutelage, are sandwiched inbetween the previous duo at £480.11m.


Rounding the first section off similarly to how it began, MLS duo NY Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City are two of the division’s 20 listed teams that are included in Sportico’s list – one each side of the £500m-mark. The former are valued at £492.11m, while the latter’s valuation stands at £504.11m.


40-31

Six MLS outfits feature

The Most Valuable Football Clubs – 40-31

Rank

Team

League

Valuation

40.

Nashville FC

MLS

£508.11m

39.

Minnesota United

MLS

£512.11m

38.

FC Cincinnati

MLS

£516.11m

37.

Columbus Crew

MLS

£520.11m

36.

Charlotte FC

MLS

£524.11m

35.

Benfica

Primeira Liga

£540.11m

34.

Philadelphia Union

MLS

£548.12m

33.

Napoli

Serie A

£552.12m

32.

Newcastle United

Premier League

£560.12m

31.

Guadalajara

Liga MX

£568.12m

From the 10 teams in this section, a total of six of them ply their trade in the MLS. Nashville FC – valued at £508.11m – kick off proceedings but are sharply followed by Minnesota United and FC Cincinnati, whose respective valuations are separated by a mere £4m.


Columbus Crew (£520.11m) and Charlotte FC (£524.11m) then follow before 35th-ranked Benfica, who won their domestic league last campaign. Philadelphia Union are the sixth and final MLS side to feature in this category and boast a valuation of £548.12m.

The second outfit from Italy to feature are Napoli, whose finances would have been given a boost after their 33-year wait to be crowned champions came to an end last term. Currently valued at £552.12m, the Naples-based side are pipped to the post by the Premier League’s Newcastle United.


The Saudi-backed Magpies, whose resurgence back into Europe has not gone unnoticed, are also the second team from their division to feature with them valued at a healthy £560.12m. Valued at £6 million more and ranked at 31st is Guadalajara (£568.12m).

30-21

AS Roma above Ajax and West Ham

The Most Valuable Football Clubs – 30-21

Rank

Team

League

Valuation

30.

Portland Timber

MLS

£572.12m

29.

DC United

MLS

£576.12m

28.

Toronto FC

MLS

£580.12m

27.

West Ham United

Premier League

£580.12m

26.

Ajax

Eredivisie

£592.13m

25.

Club America

Liga MX

£600.13m

24.

AS Roma

Serie A

£616.13m

23.

Lyon

Ligue 1

£624.13m

22.

Seattle Sounders

MLS

£636.14m

21.

Austin FC

MLS

£640.14m


The plethora of high-valued MLS teams does not dwindle as Portland Timber, valued at £572.12m, is 30th, while DC United (£576.12m) and Toronto FC (£580.12m) are 29th and 28th, respectively.

The first non-MLS side of this category is east London-based outfit West Ham United, whose value is the same as Toronto FC. West Ham, who are regular fixtures in the Premier League, were victorious in last term’s rendition of the Europa Conference League and their accounts would have seen a sizeable boost for the continental exploits.

Declan Rice of West Ham United celebrates after winning the UEFA Europa Conference League final.


Eredivisie’s Ajax, the most recognisable team from the Netherlands, are valued ever so slightly higher than West Ham at £592.13m but are worth less than £600.13m-worth Club America, who play their football in Liga MX. Roma, Lyon and MLS duo Seattle Sounders and Austin FC round off the category.

20-11

Inter and AC Milan separated by £110m

The Most Valuable Football Clubs – 50-41

Rank

Team

League

Valuation

20.

New York City FC

MLS

£672.14m

19.

LA Galaxy

MLS

£800m

18.

Inter Miami

MLS

£820m

17.

Atlanta United

MLS

£840m

16.

Inter Milan

Serie A

£850m

15.

Los Angeles FC

MLS

£920m

14.

AC Milan

Serie A

£960m

13.

Atletico Madrid

La Liga

£1.30bn

12.

Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga

£1.31bn

11.

Juventus

Serie A

£1.42bn


Half of the teams in this category ply their trade in the MLS – and, at first glance, that may be surprising. However, MLS clubs are boosted by factors such as “cost controls, modern stadiums and a single-entity structure that fosters ownership collaboration”. New York City FC (£672.14m) and LA Galaxy (£800m) kick off this section but are quickly followed by Inter Miami, whose £820m can be largely attributed to Lionel Messi’s arrival.

Lionel Messi at Inter Miami looking on

The pair from the Italian capital, AC and Inter Milan, despite sharing the same city, have their differences in valuation. On this occasion, the bragging rights go to AC Milan – valued at £960m – despite their blue counterparts reaching the Champions League semi-final last season.


Based on Sportico’s MLS team valuations from January, 15th-ranked Los Angeles FC, who are sandwiched between the Milan duo, is the highest-valued club among those residing in the United States – with them being valued at £920m. Atletico Madrid (£1.30bn), Borussia Dortmund (£1.31bn), a side who recently reached the final of the 2023/24 Champions League, and Juventus (£1.42bn) are the trident of European behemoths that round off the section overseeing the 20-11.

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10-1

Includes six clubs from the Premier League

The Most Valuable Football Clubs – 50-41

Rank

Team

League

Valuation

10.

Chelsea

Premier League

£2.78bn

9.

Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League

£2.79bn

8.

Arsenal

Premier League

£3.13bn

7.

Paris Saint-Germain

Ligue 1

£3.24bn

6.

Manchester City

Premier League

£3.80bn

5.

Bayern Munich

Bundesliga

£3.84bn

4.

Liverpool

Premier League

£4.09bn

3.

Barcelona

La Liga

£4.22bn

2.

Real Madrid

La Liga

£4.85bn

1.

Manchester United

Premier League

£4.96bn


Starting off with Premier League trio Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur – who will be financially boosted by potential Champions League qualification – and Arsenal, who are ranked 10th, 9th and 8th, respectively, a clear pattern begins to emerge. Unsurprisingly, the top 10 is largely controlled by teams who reside in the English top flight.

Next up in seventh are Qatar-owned French outfit Paris Saint-Germain, whose main revenue comes thanks to them being perennial winners of Ligue 1. Current holders of the Premier League and Champions League, Manchester City, are valued slightly higher than PSG at £3.80bn and are only poised to become more valuable as they continue to add more silverware to their well-stacked cabinet.

Far and away as the Bundesliga’s best-valued club is, by no surprise, Bayern Munich. Despite not retaining their status as German champions this season, the magnitude of the Bavarians stands them in good stead in this list – stationed in 5th at £3.84bn.


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Liverpool are ranked fourth with a valuation of £4.09bn but are still worth less than Barcelona and Real Madrid, two of the world’s most recognised sides. Los Blancos (£4.85bn) take second spot while the Catalan outfit will have to settle for third with a value of £4.22bn.

It is, however, 13-time Premier League champions, Manchester United, who are currently crowned as the most valuable asset in the world of football at a staggering £4.96bn. Despite the Red Devils’ on-the-pitch struggles, they are so commercially robust that they’ll always be nearing the summit of these lists.

All figures per
Sportico
– correct as of 08/05/2024

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