Top 10 Football Clubs in the World 2016

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2. FC Barcelona

F.C. Barcelona popularly known as Barcelona or as fans call it Barça is a professional football club based out of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Image: Club website

The club was founded in 1899 by Joan Gamper, and Walter Wild was the first president of Barça and played an instrumental role in getting the club its first home ground. Barça has won 24 La Liga, 28 Copa del Rey and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies, and has been embraced by football legends from across the world.


Internationally it has won 5 UEFA Champions League titles, 4 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, 5 UEFA Super Cup, 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and 3 FIFA Club World Cup trophies. The club has intense rivalry with fellow Spanish club Real Madrid. The two teams play together in El Clásico, which is regarded as one of the most sought after events in recent sports history.

It is not a limited company and one can only purchase membership to the club. An assembly of members (also called socis) forms the governing body of the club. Forbes Magazine has ranked Barcelona at 2nd spot with a total value of 3.55bn $ just behind Real Madrid. The club has fierce competition with Real not only on the field but in every aspect as one keeps nudging past the other in terms of gross revenue and social media followers.

Barça is recently on a winning spree, bagging UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in 2015 before going on to reclaim La Liga and Copa del Rey titles in the 2015-16 season. Its current squad is full of legends and superstars like Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suárez, Arda Turan, Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué.

Total Value (in Bn $): 3.55

Revenue (in Mn $): 675

Social media following (Mn): 111