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Daniel Issroff

The top 100 most financially powerful clubs


Manchester City seem to be top of every list worth being top of at the moment, so it is no surprise to see that they have more financial muscle than any other club in the world.

Soccerex released their Football Finance 100 on Wednesday, which ranks the 100 clubs in the world with the most economic firepower.

The clubs are rated according to five fancy economic variables that we don’t really understand – playing assets, fixed assets, money in the bank, potential owner investment and net debt.

But they did produce some major surprises.

Most notably, Arsenal are the second most financially powerful club in the world. The study backs up the view of many fans that Arsenal have the capability to be more aggressive in their transfer spending, saying: “This position of financial strength means Arsenal could invest significantly should the hierarchy at the club choose to change their business strategy.”

English clubs dominate the upper echelons of the rankings, with five Premier League sides featuring in the top ten in the world.

Chinese Super League power Guangzhou Evergrande make an appearance in the top five, coming in at number four, just behind Paris Saint-Germain.

MLS’s LA Galaxy feature at number 14, following Zenit St Petersburg, RB Leipzig, and Barcelona, respectively.

Overall, the study noted the shift of power away from traditional European clubs.

David Wright, the Soccerex Marketing Director, said: “The results highlight how the global football landscape has shifted over the past two decades.”

Here is the full list of the top 100 clubs:

1 – Manchester City — UK
2 – Arsenal — UK
3 – Psg — FRA
4 – Guangzhou Evergrande — CHI
5 – Tottenham Hotspur — UK
6 – Real Madrid — SPA
7 – Manchester United — UK
8 – Juventus — ITA
9 – Chelsea — UK
10 – Bayern Munich — GER
11 – Zenit St.Petersburg — RUS
12 – RB Leipzig — GER
13 – Barcelona — SPA
14 – LA Galaxy — USA
15 – Atletico Madrid — SPA
16 – Liverpool — UK
17 – Borussia Dortmund — GER
18 – Olympique Lyonnais — FRA
19 – Monaco — FRA
20 – Leicester City — UK
21 – Bayer Leverkusen — GER
22 – Shakhtar Donetsk — UKR
23 – New York Red Bulls — USA
24 – Seattle Sounders — USA
25 – New York City — USA
26 – Napoli — ITA
27 – Everton — UK
28 – New England Revolution — USA
29 – Valencia — SPA
30 – Inter Milan — ITA
31 – Hebei China Fortune — CHI
32 – Southampton — UK
33 – Stoke City — UK
34 – AC Milan — ITA
35 – West Ham United — UK
36 – Newcastle United — UK
37 – Orlando City — USA
38 – Jiangsu Suning — CHI
39 – Athletic Bilbao — SPA
40 – América — MEX
41 – Dynamo Kiev — UKR
42 – Toronto FC — USA
43 – Deportivo Guadalajara — MEX
44 – Houston Dynamo — USA
45 – Portland Timbers — USA
46 – Ajax — NED
47 – Monterrey — MEX
48 – Schalke 04 — GER
49 – Sporting — POR
50 – Spartak Moscow — RUS
51 – Roma — ITA
52 – Porto — POR
53 – Sevilla — SPA
54 – Sporting Kansas City — USA
55 – Crystal Palace — UK
56 – Shangai Sipg — CHI
57 – San Jose Earthquakes — USA
58 – Colorado Rapids — USA
59 – Chicago Fire — USA
60 – Swansea City — UK
61 – Lazio — ITA
62 – Atlético-PR — BRA
63 – Benfica — POR
64 – Internacional — BRA
65 – Bournemouth — UK
66 – Girona — SPA
67 – Tijuana — MEX
68 – Olympique Marseille — FRA
69 – Pumas — MEX
70 – Corinthians — BRA
71 – Tigres — MEX
72 – Beijing Guon — CHI
73 – Burnley — UK
74 – Malaga — SPA
75 – Cruz Azul — MEX
76 – Boca Juniors — ARG
77 – River Plate — ARG
78 – Shandong Luneg Taishan — CHI
79 – Shangai Greenland Shenhua — CHI
80 – Feyenoord — NED
81 – Pachuca — MEX
82 – Chongqing Lifan — CHI
83 – São Paulo — BRA
84 – Tianjin Quanjian — CHI
85 – Cruzeiro — BRA
86 – Sunderland — UK
87 – Palmeiras — BRA
88 – Toluca — MEX
89 – Granada — SPA
90 – Brighton — UK
91 – Aston Villa — UK
92 – Fluminense — BRA
93 – Independiente — ARG
94 – Flamengo — BRA
95 – Grêmio — BRA
96 – Atlético-MG — BRA
97 – Besiktas — TUR
98 – Santos — BRA
99 – Fenerbahçe — TUR
100 – CSKA Moscow — RUS