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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31697963 Big Money Big+Money World

Soccer is big business, both on and off the pitch, and with 5 clubs valued at over a billion dollars it's more evident than ever. There are some familiar names at the top of this list, but some of the inclusions may surprise you.

Click through to see the 20 most valuable soccer teams in the world and how they are making their money.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31697959 Real Madrid Real+Madrid World

League: La Liga (Spain)

Owner(s)/shareholders: Club members

Estimated club value: $3.30 billion (+76% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $650 million

Major Sponsors: Mahou, Adidas, Audi and Coca Cola

Madrid captured their 32nd La Liga last year and extended their Adidas kit deal through 2019-20 for an estimated $40 milliion per year.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31697957 Manchester United Manchester+United World

League: Barclays Premier League (England)

Owner(s): Glazer family

Estimated club value: $3.165 billion (+43% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $502 million

Major Sponsors: Chevrolet, Nike, Aon, Bwin

The Red Devils inked a lucrative kit deal with American automaker Chevrolet at the beginning of the season, totaling a mind-boggling $70 million in 2014-15 and totals over $550 million for seven years.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)
 

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31697960 FC Barcelona FC+Barcelona World

League: La Liga (Spain)

Owner(s): Club members

Estimated club value: $2.6 billion (+99% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $613 million

Major Sponsors: Seiko, Nike, Qatar Sports Investment, Audi

The Spanish club signed a kit sponsorship deal with Qatar Sports Investment through 2015-16 that is reportedly worth $38 million per year.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)
 

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31697958 Arsenal Arsenal World

League: Barclays Premier League (England)

Owner(s): E. Stanley Kroenke

Estimated club value: $1.326 billion (+3% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $368 million

Major sponsors: Carlsberg Group, Nike, Emirates, EA Sports

According to Forbes, the Gunners have the third highest matchday revenue in club soccer, earning $149 million during the 2011-12 season.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

 

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31697962 Bayern Munich Bayern+Munich World

League: Bundesliga (Germany)

Owner(s): club members

Estimated club value: $1.309 billion (+6% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $468 million

Major sponsors: Deutsche Lufthansa, Adidas, Deutsche Telekom, Samsung

Bayern Munich recently claimed the Bundesliga this season and ensured another top four Champions League finish earlier this month. The German club reportedly earned $56 million due to their second place Champions League finish.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)


 

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31697965 AC Milan AC+Milan World

League: Serie A (Italy)

Owner(s): Silvio Berlusconi

Estimated club value: $945 million (-4% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $326 million

Major sponsors: Emirates, Sky, Adidas

Forbes reports a declining matchday revenue average for Milan, mainly due to the antiquated amenities and attendance offered by the San Siro.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)



 

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31697961 Chelsea Chelsea World

League: Barclays Premier League (England)

Owner(s): Roman Abramovich

Estimated club value: $901 million (+18% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $409 million

Major sponsors: Adidas, Delta, Samsung, Gazprom

Chelsea recorded over $75 million for winning the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup last season.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)
 

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31697964 Juventus Juventus World

League: Serie A (Italy)

Owner(s)/shareholders: Club members

Estimated club value: $694 million (+17% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $248 million

Major Sponsors: Veneto Banco, Nike, Jeep and Alitalia

The Bianconeri captured their 28th dosmetic league title last season, posting a perfect record in Serie A.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31697967 Manchester City Manchester+City World

League: Barclays Premier League (England)

Owner(s)/shareholders: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Estimated club value: $689 million (+56% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $362 million

Major Sponsors: Hugo Boss, Umbro, Etihad and Abu Dhabi

City's historic Premier League title run last season helped the Citizens earn $689 million. Their estimate club value also increased due to their participation in Champions League football.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31697966 Liverpool Liverpool World

League: Barclays Premier League (England)

Owner(s): John Henry, Tom Werner

Estimated club value: $651 million (+5% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $296 million

Major sponsors: Standard Chartered, Warrior Sports, Bank of America, Carlsberg Group

The American owned club struck a six-year deal with Warrior Sports totaling a cool $39 million per season.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)


 

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31701280 Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham+Hotspur World

League: Barclays Premier League (England)

Owner(s): Joseph Lewis

Estimated club value: $520 million (-8% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $226 million

Major sponsors: Stubhub, Under Armour, Autonomy, Carlsberg

Planning new stadium that will increase capacity by more than 20,000, to 56,000, and be part of a 20 acre development that will include homes, shops and restaurants.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31701279 Schalke 04 Schalke+04 World

League: Bundesliga (Germany)

Owner(s): Club Members

Estimated club value: $498 million (-15% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $221 million

Major sponsors: Veltins, adidas, Gazprom, VW

The Royal Blues failed to qualify for the 2011-12 Champions League but remain among soccer's most commercially successful teams due to their shirt sponsorship deal with Gazprom, which pays an average of $19 million per season through 2017.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31700279 Borussia Dortmund Borussia+Dortmund World

League: Bundesliga (Germany)

Owner(s): Bernd Geske

Estimated club value: $456 million (+16% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $240 million

Major sponsors: Brinkoffs, Puma, Evonik

Dortmund's broadcasting revenue increased 65%, to $76.7 million, during the 2011-12 season as the team won its eighth Bundesliga title and advanced to group stages of the Champions League for the first time in nine years.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)
 

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31700278 Inter Milan Inter+Milan World

League: Serie A (Italy)

Owner(s): Massimo Moratti

Estimated club value: $401 million (-18% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $236 million

Major sponsors: Oknopast, Nike, Pirelli, Volvo

Chinese investors bought a minority stake in the team in 2012 and the China Railway Construction Corporation is building the Nerazzuri a new stadium by 2017.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

 

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31700280 Lyon Lyon World

League: Ligue 1 (France)

Owner(s): Jean-Michel Aulas

Estimated club value: $368 million (-4% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $167 million

Major sponsors: Groupama, Renault, Hyundai, adidas

Les Gones will have a new stadium, Stade des Lumieres, for the 2015-16 season that will expand capacity by almost 20,000 and enable the team to increase match day and sponsorship revenue significantly.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)
 

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31701281 Corinthians Corinthians World

League: Serie A (Brazil)

Owner(s): Club members

Estimated club value: $358 million

Revenues: $119 million

Major sponsors: Nike, Fisk, Caixa

Building a $400 million, public and privately financed stadium that will have 48,000 permanent seats and 20,000 removable seats for the 2014 World Cup.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31700283 Napoli Napoli World

League: Serie A (Italy)

Owner(s): Aurelio De Laurentiis

Estimated club value: $330 million (+16% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $188 million

Major sponsors: Alitalia, MSC, Lete

The Azzuri won the Coppa Italia during the 2011-12 season and played in their first Champions League since the team was founded in 1926.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31700281 Hamburg SV Hamburg+SV World

League: Bundesliga (Germany)

Owner(s): Club members

Estimated club value: $300 million (-16% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $154 million

Major sponsors: Holsten, Emirates, adidas, Imtech

Germany's leading plant engineering and building services contractor, Imtech, signed on to be Hamburg's stadium sponsor in 2009 for $32 million over six years.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)


 

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31700282 Marseille Marseille World

League: Ligue 1 (France)

Owner(s): Margarita Louis-Dreyfus

Estimated club value: $285 million (-18% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $167 million

Major sponsors: Groupama, intersport, adidas, Coca-Cola

Stade Velodrome had seating capiacity reduced by 18,000 last seson, to 42,000, during a renovation that will expand seating to 67,00 and have a roof that cover the entire stadium when it is completed by the summer of 2014.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

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World 2018 43 World's Most Valuable Soccer/Football Teams - 2013 31701282 Newcastle Newcastle World

League: Barclays Premier League (England)

Owner(s): Michael Ashley

Estimated club value: $263 million (+9% over 2012 value)

Revenues: $146 million

Major sponsors: Sportsdirect.com, viagogo, Puma, Virgin

The Magpies inked a new kit sponsorship deal that will have Wonga.com replace Virgin Money that will also include stadium naming rights beginning with the 2013-14 season for $37.6 million over four years.

(Data from Forbes/Forbes.com)

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