The Champions League is the most prestigious club competition in Europe. Every season the competition sees Europe’s elite lock horns, and as such, it tends to include Europe’s wealthiest, most talented and most followed clubs. This week, global index platform for sports brand values Brandtix used their algorithms to reveal the most valuable clubs and players in this years Champions League.
Champions Real Madrid came out on top, with Cristiano Ronaldo unsurprisingly being their most marketable player. Barcelona were a close second.
Three English clubs ranked among the top 10, with Arsenal coming in third, only one place but some distance behind Barcelona and almost neck and neck with fourth place; Bavarian giants Bayern Munich. Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur also made the cut, although only just with Spurs, who came in tenth place, whilst Premier League champions Leicester City missed out altogether.
In total, the top 10 features three English teams, three Spanish teams, two German teams, one French team and one Italian team. The full list of top 10 teams reads;
- Real Madrid
- Bayern Munich
- Manchester City
- Borussia Dortmund
- Atletico Madrid
There are some hugely valuable teams who miss out by virtue of not having qualified for the Champions League, Manchester United being the most obvious example of this, still ranking as the world’s third most valuable club despite their recent lack of major success. Chelsea, Liverpool and AC Milan would all also rank among the top 10 had they qualified for the competition.