It’s been announced that Premier League football club Manchester City are the most financially powerful club in the world, according to new research.
Event organiser Soccerex, which compiled the football finance 100 list, says the Manchester club, owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan via his investment company Abu Dhabi United Group, has the biggest economic growth potential.
UK clubs dominate the upper echelons of the list, which also features Tottenham Hotspur in fifth, Manchester United in seventh and Chelsea in ninth.
The global rankings, conducted by specialists in sports financial valuations analysing clubs’ balance sheets and annual reports from 2015/16, factor in playing assets, fixed assets, amount of money available, potential owner investment and net debt.
Soccerex marketing director David Wright said: “We’re delighted to reveal the results of our first Soccerex Football Finance 100 study, which highlight how the global football landscape has shifted over the past two decades.
“We wanted to create a study that provided a broader evaluation of football finances, one that reflected the modern reality of football, impacted by increased owner investment and the need for better financial management.
“By looking at factors like asset value, debt levels and crucially the amount the owner or ownership group could invest in the context of their direct environment, the report evaluates both the financial standing of each club and the economic potential they have in the market. The results have certainly been eye-catching.”
The Soccerex Football Finance 100 top ten:
1. Manchester City
3. PSG (France)
4. Guangzhou Evergrande (China)
6. Real Madrid (Spain)
7. Manchester United
8. Juventus (Italy)
10. Bayern Munich (Germany)