Football is considered as one of the most popular sports in the world. Here is a list of top 10 football clubs in the world 2015. Parameters used are Revenue, Market Value and Social Media following. Unlike other sports, Football has a special following for the club leagues, where the players from different nations come together to represent a club in the league. Coming to the leagues which feature competition between different football clubs in a region, The Football League featuring the football clubs from England and Wales is believed to be oldest league in the history of world football. Now, Football clubs have become so popular that they have become brands in themselves. There’s huge market value and fan following for top football clubs in the world. The football clubs are ranked in the following list based on their market value. There’s also the social media following (sum of Facebook and Twitter Followers) given for each club to signify their popularity. The list for the top football clubs goes as below:
10. AC Milan:
Associazione Calcio Milan simply known as AC Milan is a professional football club based in Milan, Italy.
It plays in the Italian Serie A. It is the second most successful club in the world with 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA titles to its name. It is only behind Al Ahly SC in terms of number of international titles.
It was founded in 1899 by Herbert Kilpin. The club was always a part of the top flight of Italian football, Serie A except for the 1980-81 and 1982-83 seasons. It plays its home games in San Siro, also officially known as Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The stadium has a capacity of nearly 80000 people. The team has a huge crowd support with the average capacity numbers filled in the stadium to be among the top of the league. Their biggest rivals are the Inter and the games between them are called Derby della Madonnina.
It has won a record of 3 International Cups. It has also won the Champions League on seven occasions, next only to Real Madrid. They have won the UEFA cup five times and Cup Winners’ Cup two times. Milan was a winner in every major competition it has participated except the Europa League. It has 18 domestic titles to its name second only to Juventus with 31 titles. They also won Coppa Italia 5 times.
Paolo Maldini has played the most number of games for the club. He played 902 official games in total and 642 games in Serie A. He is also the record holder of the most number of games played by a player in Serie A. Gunnar Nordahi is the top goal scorer for the club with 221 golas to his name
The current squad of the club has players like Deigo Lopaz, Suso, Rodrigo Ely, Christian Abbiati, Riccardo Montolivo.
Market Value: 775 million
Revenue: $339 million
Social Media following (Facebook and Twitter): 28 million