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Top 10 Richest Football Clubs in the World - Forbes' 2013 List


Every year, Forbes magazine release their football rich list, which compiles the richest football clubs in the world based on their value. This year's list, which was released yesterday, shows a change on the top spot for the first time in nine years...

10. Real Madrid - Value: $3.3 billion

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Real Madrid are officially the world's richest football club after seeing an increase in their value over the past year. Despite an economic downturn in Spain, Real Madrid consistently deliver the highest revenues of any football team.


Real president, Florentino Perez, isn't shy to spend the money and the reigning Spanish champions continually spend the big bucks every season.

9. Manchester United - Value: $3.16 billion

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For the first time since Forbes introduced this list in 2004, Manchester United are knocked off the top spot. It's not so much to do with United (although they did lose the title on the last day of season), but more to do with the phenomenal growth of other teams.


United's owners, the Glazer family, shouldn't worry too much, with their club remaining one of biggest franchises in the world.

8. Barcelona - Value: $2.6 billion

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Barcelona are the world's third richest club and there's no doubting their status as a super heavyweight. A growing fanbase, coupled with continued success on the pitch gave the Catalan club the biggest increase in value from the teams in the top 10.


No doubt, having the world's best players helps the Spanish side to remain as one of the world's biggest clubs. Owned by club members, Barcelona aren't afraid to spend big either.

7. Arsenal - Value: $1.33 billion

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Yet another English club in the top 10. Arsenal's status as one of the world's biggest clubs remains intact despite the continued failures on the pitch, where their nine year search for a trophy continues.


Arsenal's solid finances keep the North London club as one of football's powerhouses, yet major shareholders, Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov, still fail to provide Arsene Wenger with the type of funds that clubs lower on the list are privileged to. 

6. Bayern Munich - Value: $1.32 billion

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Germany's biggest club by a mile have successfully seen off the challenge of Borussia Dortmund this season and are still competing on three different fronts. 


Bayern Munich, who are owned by club members  have a large following and coupled with the club's success on the field, their stature continues to grow. Munich almost have a monopoly on German football, but have seen their throne shaken by Dortmund in recent years.

5. AC Milan - Value: $945 million

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Italy's richest club is still owned by former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, whose company. 'Mediaset', own the television rights to all Italian football. AC Milan still remain a force to be reckoned with in Europe, but have seen rivals Juventus become the country's top side.


Failing to successfully defend their title last season, in addition to yet another controversy surrounding the elaborate owner, sees Milan's value drop slightly this year.

4. Chelsea - Value: $901 million

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A jump up here in terms of wealth and England's third team in the top 10 are the last year's Champions League winners. Chelsea's Russian oligarch owner, Roman Abramovich, finally got his hands on the trophy he so badly wanted.


The West London club also grew in terms of wealth last year, mainly due to their triumphant successes in the FA Cup and Champions League. 

3. Juventus - Value: $694 million

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Owned by the Agnelli family, Juventus are back to their best following "Calciopoli" and are now on the verge of back to back Serie A titles.


The "Old Lady" have grown in value since last year, mainly due to their domestic success last season. Despite having the smallest revenue income of all the clubs in the top 10, Juventus still are a major force in European football.

2. Manchester City - Value: $689 million

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The reigning Barclays Premier League champions are newcomers on this list in recent years, following the purchase of the club by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan in August 2008.


The Abu Dhabi Investment Group are now reaping the benefits with City's last gasp title win last season being the pinnacle of their achievements. Despite slowing down a bit in terms of big money signings, City still remain one of the world's richest clubs.

1. Liverpool - Value: $651 million

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In 10th position is Liverpool, whose worldwide popularity keeps the Merseyside club a dominant force in world football in terms of wealth. John Henry, the Reds' owner, will be pleased to see his club still in the top 10 of world football.


Although success on the pitch has dwindled in recent years, Liverpool's history and huge fanbase around the world means they continue to be a football heavyweight.

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