The latest SoccerEx Football Finance 100 has been released.
The methodology they have used to decide which clubs in world football have the most financial might is as follows:
‘SoccerEx worked with independent academics to compile the list, which analyzed the assets of each club, their economic power for future investments and their net debts. For the 2018 rankings, SoccerEx analyzed the 2015-16 financial year.
The final rankings were compiled by assigning a weight to and adding together the following four factors: 1) Playing assets 2) Fixed assets (stadium, training centres, etc.) 3) Cash in the bank and 4) Owner’s potential investment. The club’s net debt was then subtracted from that weighted sum’
In case you were wondering, the 2015/16 accounts of clubs were used as they are the latest available for some clubs including Newcastle United, the Magpies usually releasing theirs in April, so April 2018 is when we get to see the financial figures for the 2016/17 promotion season.
Newcastle United are ranked in 36th place using those 2015/16 accounts (since then of course NUFC have spent yet another season in the Championship and are now involved in yet another relegation battle under Mike Ashley) as the basis, the breakdown below is in euros, at today’s exchange rate take away roughly 10% to get the value in pounds sterling:
€134m Players value
€88m Fixed Assets
€2m Cash in bank
€91m Owner potential investment
€120m Net debt
2018 SoccerEx Football Finance 100
- Manchester City
- Guangzhou Evergrande
- Real Madrid
- Manchester United
- Bayern Munich
- Zenit St Petersburg
- RB Leipzig
- LA Galaxy
- Atletico Madrid
- Borussia Dortmund
Other English clubs in the 100:
(35) West Ham
(55) Crystal Palace
(91) Aston Villa
Interesting to see Arsenal as high as second but this is how the SoccerEx Football Finance 100 explains that:
“Manchester City, one of the most famous cases of significant foreign investment changing a club’s status and potential, top the rankings.
“Their owner’s high potential investment value is complimented by a strong performance by the club across each of the verticals.
“Arsenal’s second place in the rankings, ahead of PSG, will surprise many and is certainly a talking point in light of criticism the club receives from some quarters for its perceived lack of spending in the transfer market.
“Their ranking is a reflection of the club’s professionalism and a sound business model. The position of financial strength means Arsenal could invest significantly should the hierarchy of the club choose to change their business strategy.”