Category Archives: World Football

Real Madrid, Manchester United and the 20 Highest Earning Football Clubs in the World (2014)

The Richest Football Club In 2013-14, Real Madrid (Again)

The Richest Football Club In 2013-14, Real Madrid (Again)

Real Madrid made more money last season than any other football club in the world. The Whites were the only club to bring in over $600 million in revenue in 2013-14, according to financial and accounting consulting firm, Deloitte, which has published its annual revenue analysis since 1997-98.

Madrid has also been the No. 1 most valuable sports team in the world for several years running, according to business magazine, Forbes.

They and four other clubs – Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and the sole French rep below, Paris Saint-Germain – topped the half-billion dollar mark in total grosses.

English clubs make up five of the top 10 highest makers and eight of the top 20. Add Spanish (3), Italian (4) and German (3) teams to the mix and you’ve got 18 of the top 20.

Who’s the 20th squad, then? A bit of a surprise. It’s Turkey’s Galatasaray.

FOOTBALL CLUB NICKNAME(S) COUNTRY REVENUE (MILLIONS, $)^ REVENUE (MILLIONS, EUROS)
1. Real Madrid Whites, Vikings, Meringues Spain 626.4 549.5
2. Manchester United Red Devils England 590.5 518.0
3. Bayern Munich Reds, FC Hollywood Germany 555.8 487.5
4. Barcelona Scarlet and Blues, Barca Spain 552.4 484.6
5. Paris Saint-Germain Red and Blues, Parisians France 540.6 474.2
6. Manchester City Sky Blues, City, Citizens England 472.4 414.4
7. Chelsea Blues, Pensioners England 442.2 387.9
8. Arsenal Gunners England 409.6 359.3
9. Liverpool Reds England 348.7 305.9
10. Juventus White-Blacks, Zebras, The Old Lady, Humpbacks Italy 318.5 279.4
11. Borussia Dortmund Black and Yellows Germany 298.1 261.5
12. Milan Red and Blacks, The Devil Italy 284.7 249.7
13. Tottenham Lilywhites, Spurs England 246.0 215.8
14. Schalke 04 Royal Blues, Miners Germany 243.8 213.9
15. Atlético Madrid Red and Whites, Mattress Makers Spain 193.7 169.9
16. Napoli Blues, Little Donkeys Italy 187.9 164.8
17. Internazionale Black and Blues Italy 187.0 164.0
18. Galatasaray Cim Bom Bom, Lions Turkey 184.6 161.9
19. Newcastle United Magpies, Toon England 176.8 155.1
20. Everton Blues, Toffees, School of Science, Dogs of War England 164.3 144.1

^ Used today’s Euro:Dollar conversion rate of 1:1.14.

Photo: Deri Gustiawan via footballpixel.com

Raúl, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and the Top 20 Players with the Most Goals in UEFA Champions League History

Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Will Break The UCL Goal Record This Season

Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Will Break The UCL Goal Record This Season

If you’re watching the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League season, you’re watching history. Seven of the 20 all-time leading UCL goal scorers are still playing, including two who (barring injury) will break the record.

Raúl González Blanco, better known as Raúl, sits at the top with 71 goals.

Real Madrid‘s Cristiano Ronaldo is just three behind with 68 and Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi just today (Spain time) scored his 68th as well.

One of these two tied footballers will retire as the greatest player in Champions League history, at least in terms of most goals scored (amidst plenty of other qualifications, for sure).

But, for now, who will hold the record at the end of this season?

My bet’s on Leo.

FOOTBALLER UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GOALS SCORED GAMES PLAYED SEASONS TEAM(S) HOME COUNTRY
1. Raúl 71 142 1995-2011 Real Madrid, Schalke 04 Spain
2. Cristiano Ronaldo 68 104 2003-Present Manchester United, Real Madrid Portugal
2. Lionel Messi 68 87 2005-Present Barcelona Argentina
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy 56 73 1998-2009 PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid Netherlands
5. Thierry Henry 50 112 1997-2010 Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona France
6. Alfredo Di Stéfano 49 58 1955-1964 Real Madrid Argentina
7. Andriy Shevchenko 48 100 1994-2012 Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea Ukraine
8. Eusébio 46 65 1961-1974 Benfica Portugal
8. Filippo Inzaghi 46 81 1997-2012 Juventus, Milan Italy
10. Didier Drogba 42 88 2003-Present Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray Ivory Coast
11. Alessandro Del Piero 41 89 1995-2009 Juventus Italy
11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ 41 104 2001-Present Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain Sweden
13. Karim Benzema 37 65 2006-Present Lyon, Real Madrid France
14. Ferenc Puskás 36 41 1956-1966 Budapest Honvéd, Real Madrid Hungary
15. Gerd Müller 35 35 1969-1977 Bayern Munich West Germany
16. Fernando Morientes 33 93 1997-2009 Real Madrid, Monaco, Liverpool, Valencia Spain
17. Samuel Eto’o 30 78 1999-Present Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Chelsea Cameroon
17. Kaká 30 86 2003-2014 Milan, Real Madrid Brazil
17. Francisco Gento 30 89 1955-1969 Real Madrid Spain
20. David Trezeguet 29 58 1997-Present Monaco, Juventus France
20. Roy Makaay 29 61 2000-2007 Deportivo La Coruña, Bayern Munich Netherlands
20. Patrick Kluivert 29 71 1994-2006 Ajax, Barcelona Netherlands
20. Wayne Rooney 29 81 2004-Present Manchester United England

Photos: EPA via telegraph.co.uk / star.gr

The 20 Most Valuable Sports Teams in the World – 2014

The Richest Sports Team In The World, Real Madrid

The Richest Sports Team In The World, Real Madrid

Forbes just released its annual list of the 50 most valuable sports teams in the world. Here’s a look at the top 20 with a comparison to their 2013 rankings and values.

TEAM VALUE SPORT 2013 RANK (VALUE)
1. Real Madrid $3.44 B World Football 1 ($3.30 B)
2. Barcelona $3.20 B World Football 3 ($2.60 B)
3. Manchester United $2.81 B World Football 2 ($3.17 B)
4. New York Yankees $2.50 B Baseball 4 ($2.30 B)
5. Dallas Cowboys $2.30 B American Football 5 ($2.10 B)
6. Los Angeles Dodgers $2.00 B Baseball 7 ($1.62 B)
7. Bayern Munich $1.85 B World Football 12 ($1.31 B)
8. New England Patriots $1.80 B American Football 6 ($1.64 B)
9. Washington Redskins $1.70 B American Football 8 ($1.60 B)
10. New York Giants $1.55 B American Football 9 ($1.47 B)
11. Boston Red Sox $1.50 B Baseball 11 ($1.31 B)
12. Houston Texans $1.45 B American Football 13 ($1.31 B)
13. New York Knicks $1.40 B Basketball 23 ($1.10 B)
14. New York Jets $1.38 B American Football 14 ($1.28B)
15. Los Angeles Lakers $1.35 B Basketball 31 ($1.00 B)
16. Arsenal $1.33 B World Football 10 ($1.33 B)
17. Philadelphia Eagles $1.31 B American Football 15 ($1.26 B)
18. Chicago Bears $1.25 B American Football 16 ($1.19 B)
19. Baltimore Ravens $1.23 B American Football 19 ($1.16 B)
20. San Francisco 49ers $1.22 B American Football 17 ($1.18 B)

Photo: worldfootball.net

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