When it comes to club football, the good thing is that you have the liberty to sign the best of the best; and the free will to break transfer record signings for an exceptional player – which in most cases is not achievable without the backing or funding of the owner(s).
The Spanish football (Laliga) has continued to set and break transfer records with the signing of David Beckham, Zidane, Luis Figo and recently with Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Gareth Bale and Luiz Suarez. Thus, it’s not surprising that the top-two teams atop this list call Spain home. At the opposite end of the top-ten is a proud club that possesses five European Cups and 18 Leagues.
Here are the 10 most valuable soccer teams in the world in 2014.
If not for anything the “Red” faithful would be happy for their outing at the previous season and would hope to build on their previous success as they were one slip away from potentially emerging the Premier League champions.
With the loss of Luiz Suarez to Barcelona and the introduction of some new players like Ricky Lambert to assist Sturridge in attack they may hope to fight for a Champions League spot this term. The club sits on the number ten position with an estimated value of $691 million.
It’s been quite a journey for Juventus and their supporters haven’t to bounce back from an embarrassing relation to the second division due to match fixing charges. The “Old Lady” bounced back as they cruised to a Serie A title this past season, finishing 17 points ahead of second-place Roma. The Italian club will hope to repeat the same feat in Europe with an impressive Champions League outing this season.
This great club currently occupies the number 9 position with an estimated value of $850 million.
8. AC Milan
If only money could buy success for AC Milan in terms of their recent success, we are sure they would be a threat to other teams. The club finished atop the Serie A table in 2011, and they were behind only Juventus the following season. 2013-14 was an absolute disaster for Milan, however, as they finished in eighth and without any European football.
And with some of their key players like Kaka who may be considering a move to Major League Soccer side Orlando City; it could be a different story for them this season or the same old one.
They are currently the 8th most valuable club with $856 million worth.
7. Manchester City
It is true what they say that “Money makes the world go round” – Money have turned Manchester City around since the Abu Dhabi United Group Manchester City in 2008 they have been back to winning ways with the crop of players they have.
While City have struggled on European football’s grandest stage, they’ve enjoyed plenty of success at the domestic level. They have netted Premier League titles twice in the past three seasons. City won the FA Cup back in 2012, and lifted the League Cup title in 2014. They currently rest on the 7th position with an estimated value of $863 million.
The return of Jose Mourinho to his former club Chelsea FC has seen a good reunion between the coach and his players. Although the club did well to finish above several rivals, but they could not get past Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League table.
That said, Chelsea will again be contenders to win multiple trophies this coming season. And as the relationship between Jose Mourinho and owner Roman Abrahamovich continues to blossom, one won’t help but wonder how long it will last.
They are holding it down in the sixth position with an estimate of $867 million.
With a strong backing and the managerial qualities of Arsene Wenger, Arsenal can’t be pushed aside in terms of their smart business moves recently – landing a stadium naming rights deal with Emirates Airline and grabbing netting $50 million per year on a kit deal with Puma and let’s not forget the income for qualifying for the Champions League every season.
They are currently enjoying their recent success as the 2013/2014 FA Cup holders and Community Shield winner; could this be the beginning of a new dawn for the club; only time will tell.
They are valued around an estimated sum of $1.331 billion
4. Bayern Munich
It must be awesome to be the constant ruler of a league and a good ambassador to the country, Bayern Munich have enjoyed success at different stages in football as the League winner, Champions League winner, UEFA Super Cup winner amongst others.
They lead the way for some of Europe’s contenders like Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund. They will once try to win everything that can be won. The club worths an estimated sum of $1.85 billion.
3. Manchester United
With the arrival of Luis Van Gaal to Old Trafford, Sir Alex and all the United faithful will hope that he takes the club to the next level in terms of reigning supreme in the league and in Europe.
The club will hope to bring back their old glory this season with the backing of the glazer family with $3 billion evaluation. The currently sit on the third position with an estimated amount of $2.81 billion.
Following the triumph of Real Madrid winning the UEFA Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup while Athletico Madrid won the La Liga, one would wonder if Barca supremacy in Europe and in Spain are over.
The club took a bold step in signing one of the best strikers (Luiz Suarez) with a biting clause to support Lionel Messi in attack this term and with the quality of this team they will always find a way. The club currently worth an estimated sum of $3.2 billion.
1. Real Madrid
Real Madrid has time and again backed the saying that “The rich truly get richer” with their dominance in the transfer market and their annual income. The club lifted the Champions League trophy and the Spanish Super Cup.
With the services of Ronaldo, Bale, Kroos and World Cup breakout star James Rodríguez they will hope to flourish in the coming season.
They lead the train with an estimated sum of $3.44 billion.