Football is one of the most popular and exciting sports played all over the world. The game has been governed by sports clubs which have been operated by professionals for centuries. The three main pillars on which a club’s success is dependent are financial prowess, international success and fan following. The top football clubs include Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United and FC Bayern Munich. Arsenal, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris-Saint Germain, Liverpool & Chelsea are the other prominent football clubs. Here is the list of top 10 football clubs in the world 2016. The parameters used are the club’s revenues, total value, domestic league position and social media following.
An English professional football club based out of Fulham, Chelsea has competitive history dating back a 111 years to 1905, when it was founded by Gus Mears.
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Stamford bridge stadium with a present capacity of 41,600+ is the home ground of the club. The club won its first league championship in 1955 which earmarked its journey as one of the most successful teams in EPL for the last two decades during which it has won 17 Major trophies.
Chelsea is the only club based out of London to have won the UEFA Champions League and the lone British club to win all of the 3 major UEFA events. It has one UEFA Champions League title, two UEFA Cups, one UEFA Europa League and a UEFA Super Cup in its kitty. Some of its most successful players have been Ron Harris, with a total of 795 games, Frank Lampard, its all-time top goal scorer (211 goals in 648 games) and Jimmy Greaves, maximum goals scored in a season (43 in 1960-61).
Roman Abramovich has owned the club since 2003. The club made losses for straight nine years after which first profits of 1.4Mn Euros were reported in Nov, 2012. Forbes Magazine has ranked Chelsea as 7th most valuable club of the world with total value of 1.66bn $. Adidas, Yokahoma Tyres and Carabao are amongst the principal partners of the club.
Chelsea finished at 10th position in the 2015-16 season with just 50 points. The current squad consists of John Terry, Diego Costa, Fabregas and Pedro amongst star players. A terrible start to the season and injury to key players are attributed as the reasons for Chelsea’s lack-luster performance this season. With a strong management and skillful players, the fans would expect Chelsea to bounce back strongly and claim its throne in the next Premiere league season.