Top 10 Football Clubs in the World 2016

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1. Real Madrid

Real Madrid popularly known as Real is a professional football club based out of Madrid, Spain.


Image: Club website

The club was founded in 1902 as the Madrid Football Club, and Real’s home is downtown of Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium which has a capacity of 85,000+ people, among the largest in the world. The word Real is Spanish for Royal and was added to the club’s name by King Alfonso XIII in 1920, who also bestowed Real Madrid with the honour of using the royal crown in its emblem.

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The club along with Barcelona has revolutionized Spanish football by winning 32 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey and 1 Copa de la Liga. Internationally, it has won 11 UEFA Champions League, 3 Intercontinental Cups, 2 each of UEFA Cup and Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup. The club received the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit in 2004 and in the latest IFFHS Club World Ranking Real has set up a new ranking points record.

Similar to Barça the club is governed by members known as socios who have owned and operated the club throughout its history. Forbes Magazine has ranked Real Madrid as the most valuable football club with a total value of 3.65bn $ which helps it inch just past Barcelona. The club also has a massive social media fan following which has crossed the 110Mn mark.

Real has recently won the UEFA Champions League in 2015-16, after it finished on the 2nd spot, just behind Barcelona in the La Liga. The star names of the current Real squad are Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and James Rodríguez.

Total Value (in Bn $): 3.65

Revenue (in Mn $): 694

Social media following (Mn): 110.1


Ranking Methodology

Step 1: Top 15 clubs were shortlisted based on their revenues, total value, domestic league position and social media following (Facebook likes & Twitter followers)

Step 2: Each of the four parameters is indexed to a score of 100 points

Step 3: The final scores were calculated on basis of weighted average of the 4 indexed scores