Top 10 Football Clubs in the World 2016

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6. Manchester City

Manchester City F.C. is an English professional football club based out of Manchester, England.

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The club was founded in 1880 by the Saint Mark’s Church, and in 1887 it was renamed to Ardwick Association Football Club and in 1894 it was transformed into Manchester City. It has shifted its home ground from Maine Road to City of Manchester Stadium in 2003, where it is recognized as one of the leading football clubs.

It won its first FA cup title in 1904 becoming the first club from Manchester to win a major honor. It won various laurels including the League Championship, FA Cup, League Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup in that period. In 2008 the club was bought over by Abu Dhabi United Group. In 2016 it has been valued at 1.92Bn $ and is ranked the 6th most valuable club of the world by the Forbes Magazine.

Some of its most notable players including Roy Clarke, Ken Barnes, Johnny Hart and goalkeeper Alex Williams have been inducted into City’s hall of Fame and felicitated with Lifetime Achievement award for their service to the club. Recently, it has come back to winning ways and since 2011 it has won 6 major honors, including the Premier League title of 2012 and 2014.

Although the club was not successful in the 2015-16 season as it finished in the 4th position with a meager 66 points. It has a star studded line up including players like Sergio Augero, Fernando Francisco Reges, Fernandinho Luiz Roza and David Silva and would hence be expected to fight back in the 2016-17 season to regain lost ground.

Total Value (in Bn $): 1.92

Revenue (in Mn $): 558

Social media following (Mn): 24.5

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