Top 10 Football Clubs in the World 2016

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3. Manchester United

An English professional football club based out of Old Trafford, Manchester United has competitive history dating back a 138 years to 1878, when it was founded.


Image: Club website

In 1902, the club changed its name to Manchester United and in 1910 it moved to its current stadium in Old Trafford, and is easily the most well recognized & popular football club in the world. In 1998–99, it became the first club in the history of English football to achieve the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

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Manchester United holds 12 FA Cup titles and 20 league titles, which is the maximum for any British club. Internationally, the club has won 1 Intercontinental Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup. The club’s golden period was during 1990s to 2010 under its manager Alex Ferguson, when the club won 2 UEFA Champions League titles and 5 FA cups among 38 other trophies.

The club was initially funded by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company and in 1892 it became a limited company. The club got listed in the New York Stock Exchange in July 2012 at a price of $14. According to Forbes Magazine the club’s value in 2016 is around 3.3Bn $ which takes it to the 3rd position globally. Manchester United’s social media fan following is the 3rd largest in the world making it one of the favorites among football lovers.

It finished at a disappointing 4th position in the 2015-16 season with just 66 points. But it managed to win the prestigious FA Cup. The current squad is laced with superstars like Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick. Thus, we can expect a resilient fight back from Manchester United, in the 2016-17 season.

Total Value (in Bn $): 3.32

Revenue (in Mn $): 625

Social media following (Mn): 77.4