Football and big-spending clubs have become synonymous over the last few years, with lucrative contracts and sponsorship deals transforming the way the game is viewed and played.
Majority of football clubs these days are bankrolled by wealthy investors, who are pushing clubs to go all out and pay the big bucks to lure top players. There are certain exceptions to the norm; for example, when Leicester City won the Premier League in 2015-16, their entire squad cost just £54.4 million. In comparison, Manchester City spent that amount on one player in the summer of 2015 - Kevin De Bruyne.
Here are the people responsible for the funding of these mega-money moves. Top 10 richest football club owners in the world.
Robert Kraft: New England Revolution ($6bn)
Robert Kraft, CEO of the Kraft group, helps finance MLS side New England Revolution. He also owns NFL giants New England Patriots.
Zhang Jindong – Inter ($7.6bn)
Chinese billionaire Zhang Jindong's company, the Suning Holdings Group, become majority owners of Inter back in 2016. Under his ownership, the club ended an 11-year trophy drought when they clinched the Serie A title this year.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi – Paris Saint Germain ($8bn)
Nasser Al Khelaifi is the owner of France's richest club and is the head of media giant beIN. His deep pockets were the reason behind Neymar's whopping world record £198m transfer from Barcelona in 2017.
Stan Kroenke – Arsenal ($9bn)
The American billionaire owns a network of sporting clubs, including the Denver Nuggets in the NBA and the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL. He became majority shareholder back in 2018, but hasn't managed to win over the support of the Arsenal fans just yet.
Philip Anschutz – LA Galaxy ($10bn)
Philip Anschutz was one of the founding fathers of Major League Soccer and was behind the mega-money deal that brought David Beckham to America in 2007. He has ventures in real estate, oil, and the entertainment industry.
Roman Abramovich – Chelsea ($12bn)
Abramovich transformed Chelsea in just two years since taking over at the club, leading them to their 2005 Premier League title win - their first in 50 years. Since then the Blues have gone on to win the Premier League another four times and the Champions League twice during his 18-year tenure.
Dietmar Hopp – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim ($13bn)
Hopp helped transformed his hometown club into a Bundesliga regular. He’s the eighth richest man in Germany and helped pay for a new 30,000-seater stadium.
Andrea Agnelli – Juventus ($14bn)
The Agnelli family have owned Juventus since 1947, having accumulated their wealth in the Italian motor industry, producing brands such as Fiat and Ferrari. Juventus have also tasted European success under the Agnelli's with two Champions League titles.
Dietrich Mateschitz – RB Leipzig ($19bn)
The Austrian billionaire is the joint-owner of the energy drink Red Bull. Despite only being formed in 2009, RB Leipzig have already established themselves as a force to reckon with in Europe, reaching the Champions League semi-finals in the 2019/20 season.
Sheikh Mansour – Manchester City ($20bn)
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has bankrolled the club’s transformation into a European heavyweight. City have won five Premier League titles in nine seasons and came close to their maiden Champions League title last year, just falling short in the final to rivals Chelsea.