Ever wonder what the biggest football clubs in the world are (or soccer clubs in some countries)?
In this post, we’ve made an overview based on a list produced by Forbes (last updated June 27, 2020) which ranks the football clubs based on their value in US Dollars.
Related: Check out the top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in Europe.
Biggest football clubs in the world
5. Manchester City
Manchester City was founded all the way back in 1880 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton), became the Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and finally became Manchester City in 1894. The club plays their home games at the Etihad Stadium which has a seating capacity of 55,017.
After the club was bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group back in 2008, things went uphill and serious investments were made in both infrastructure and players. This culminated in 2 titles in 2018 and 2019 under legendary manager Pep Guardiola, earning them a spot in the top 5 biggest football clubs in the world.
4. Bayern Munich
FC Bayern Munich is the most popular football club in Germany, as well as the most successful club in the country’s history. The club was founded in the year 1900 and plays its home games in the magnificent Allianz Arena which has a seating capacity of 75,000 spectators.
The club recently won the 2020 UEFA Champions League which will surely solidify their ranking in this list and further emphasizes their importance in German and European football. Apart from making huge profits, they also consistently make profits as they have done so for nearly 30 years in a row!
3. Manchester United
Manchester United is one of the most supported football clubs in the world and has an enormously successful history. The club was originally founded in the year 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club and changed its name to Manchester United in 1902. They play their home games at Old Trafford, also referred to as “The Theater of Dreams,” which has a capacity of
Even though they haven’t been able to replicate the successes of their glory days in recent years, the club remains one of the most valuable and biggest football clubs in the world. Manchester United has won more trophies than any other football club in England, including 20 league titles and 3 Champions League trophies.
2. FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona was founded by a group of Swiss football enthusiasts in the year 1899 and has since grown to become one of the biggest football clubs in the world. They have won more trophies than any other Spanish club domestically and has been equally successful in European football with 5 UEFA Champions League trophies.
They play their home games at the Camp Nou stadium, the biggest stadium in Europe which is undergoing serious renovations which will lift the current capacity of 99,354 spectators to over 101,000 people. Their motto is “Mes Que Un Club” which translates to “More than a Club,” referring to the political identity as a club in the Catalonia region of Spain.
1. Real Madrid
Real Madrid is the other immensely popular Spanish football club and was founded in the year 1902 as the “Madrid Football Club.” The club has royal blood because “Real” literally translates to “Royal,” a name given to the club by King Alfonso VIII in 1920. The members of the club are also the owners and are referred to as “Socios.”
The club plays its home games at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, which has a capacity of 81,044 people. Real Madrid has won more league titles than any other Spanish club and also holds the record of Champions League Titles with 13 wins. This and the fact that it’s one of the most popular football clubs in the world outside of Spain make it the biggest and most valuable football club in the world.
This concludes our list with the biggest football clubs in the world, a list based on numbers presented by Forbes every year and which might change in the future as well, so make sure to stay tuned!