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22:00 GMT 04/02/2019
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The new footballing rich list for 2019 is here, with all the usual suspects still on top of the world when it comes to making their money count

The Soccerex Football Finance 100 for 2019 is out – and there may be one or two surprises floating around this year’s list.

Charting the strongest clubs around the globe in terms of monetary power with an analytical model utilising five variables to deliver a final calculation, the list allows fans to see who packs a punch when it comes to the big bucks.

Through utilising the values of playing assets, tangible assets such as stadiums, cash in the bank, owner potential investment and net debt, the Soccerex Football Finance 100 measures up the powerhouses of world football, ultimately awarding them a Football Finance Index (FFI) score based on the results.

The results this year aren’t too unexpected, with many of the usual suspects rounding out the top 10 – but below, there may be a few more unforeseen teams jostling in the ranks.

Teams from 100-21 have been abbreviated, showing only their FFI scores, while a more detailed breakdown of the numbers is available for the top 20.

  • Sol Bamba Cardiff City

    No. 100-91

    100. Tianjin Quanjian (China) – 0.09

    99. Tijuana (Mexico) – 0.10

    98. Sporting CP (Portugal) – 0.10

    97. Cruzeiro (Brazil) – 0.11

    96. Cardiff City (UK) – 0.11

    95. Palmeiras (Brazil) – 0.12

    94. Shandong Luneng (China) – 0.13

    93. Sao Paulo (Brazil) – 0.13

    92. Pachuca (Mexico) – 0.14

    91. Cruz Azul (Mexico) – 0.14

  • Flamengo Independiente Final Copa Sudamericana 13122017

    No. 90-81

    90. River Plate (Argentina) – 0.16

    89. Hebei China Fortune (China) – 0.16

    88. Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) – 0.16

    87. Huddersfield Town (UK) – 0.17

    86. Shanghai Shenhua (China) – 0.18

    85. Flamengo (Brazil) – 0.19

    84. Independiente (Argentina) – 0.20

    83. Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) – 0.21

    82. Queens Park Rangers (UK) – 0.21

    81. Watford (UK) – 0.23

  • Denzel Dumfries PSV 2018-19

    No. 80-71

    80. Bordeaux (France) – 0.23

    79. Tigres (Mexico) – 0.23

    78. Pumas (Mexico) – 0.24

    77. Feyenoord (Netherlands) – 0.24

    76. Corinthians (Brazil) – 0.24

    75. Jiangsu Suning (China) – 0.25

    74. Boca Juniors (Argentina) – 0.28

    73. PSV (Netherlands) – 0.30

    72. Atletico Paranaense (Brazil) – 0.30

    71. Aston Villa (UK) – 0.30

  • Joao Felix Benfica 2018-19

    No. 70-61

    70. Porto (Portugal) – 0.31

    69. Beijing Guoan (China) – 0.32

    68. Girona (Spain) – 0.33

    67. Nice (France) – 0.34

    66. Benfica (Portugal) – 0.34

    65. Internacional (Brazil) – 0.35

    64. Espanyol (Spain) – 0.35

    63. Shanghai SIPG (China) – 0.36

    62. Burnley (UK) – 0.39

    61. Roma (Italy) – 0.39

  • Diego Chara Portland Timbers 2018

    No. 60-51

    60. Brighton & Hove Albion (UK) – 0.39

    59. Club America (Mexico) – 0.40

    58. Newcastle United (UK) – 0.41

    57. Chicago Fire (USA) – 0.43

    56. Portland Timbers (USA) – 0.43

    55. Schalke (Germany) – 0.43

    54. Houston Dynamo (USA) – 0.43

    53. Rennes (France) – 0.44

    52. Chivas (Mexico) – 0.45

    51. Orlando City (USA) – 0.45

  • Lazio players celebrating Lazio Juventus Serie A

    No. 50-41

    50. Atlanta United (USA) – 0.47

    49. Sevilla (Spain) – 0.49

    48. Monterrey (Mexico) – 0.49

    47. San Jose Earthquakes (USA) – 0.50

    46. Sporting Kansas City (USA) – 0.53

    45. West Ham United (UK) – 0.53

    44. Crystal Palace (UK) – 0.57

    43. Bournemouth (UK) – 0.58

    42. Spartak Moscow (Russia) – 0.59

    41. Lazio (Italy) – 0.59

  • Charlie Austin Southampton

    No. 40-31

    40. Toronto (Canada) – 0.60

    39. Milan (Italy) – 0.61

    38. New York City FC (USA) – 0.62

    37. Stoke City (UK) – 0.62

    36. Ajax (Netherlands) – 0.64

    35. Marseille (France) – 0.65

    34. Southampton (UK) – 0.65

    33. Athletic Bilbao (Spain) – 0.66

    32. New York Red Bulls (USA) – 0.72

    31. Colorado Rapids (USA) – 0.73

  • Andre Gomes Everton 2019

    No. 30-21

    30. New England Revolution (USA) – 0.75

    29. Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia) – 0.77

    28. Wolverhampton Wanderers (UK) – 0.78

    27. Everton (UK) – 0.81

    26. Fulham (UK) – 0.85

    25. Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) – 0.86

    24. Inter (Italy) – 0.95

    23. Napoli (Italy) – 0.95

    22. Monaco (France) – 0.96

    21. Seattle Sounders (USA) – 0.97

  • Carlos Soler, Valencia, 17/18

    No. 20 - Valencia (Spain)

    FFI Score: 1.02
    Playing Assets: €424m (£372m/$485m)
    Tangible Assets: €268m (£235m/$306m)
    Cash in the Bank: €12m (£10.5m/$13.7m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €58m (£51m/$66m)
    Net Debt: €330m (£289m/$377m)

  • Jamie Vardy Leicester City 2018-19

    No. 19 - Leicester City (UK)

    FFI Score: 1.10
    Playing Assets: €319m (£280m/$365m)
    Tangible Assets: €61m (£53m/$70m)
    Cash in the Bank: €59m (£52m/$67m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €144m (£126m/$165m)
    Net Debt: €17m (£15m/$19m)

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic Galaxy MLS

    No. 18 - LA Galaxy (USA)

    FFI Score: 1.19
    Playing Assets: €28m (£25m/$32m)
    Tangible Assets: €232m (£203m/$265m)
    Cash in the Bank: N/A
    Owner Potential Investment: €332m (£291m/$379m)
    Net Debt: N/A

  • Nabil Fekir Lyon 2018-19

    No. 17 - Lyon (France)

    FFI Score: 1.21
    Playing Assets: €339m (£297m/$388m)
    Tangible Assets: €415m (£363m/$475m)
    Cash in the Bank: €19.7m (£17.2m/$22.5m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €15m (£13m/$17m)
    Net Debt: €213m (£187m/$244m)

  • Timo Werner RB Leipzig Bayern Munich Bundesliga 19122018

    No. 16 - RB Leipzig (Germany)

    FFI Score: 1.31
    Playing Assets: €316m (£277m/$361m)
    Tangible Assets: €15m (£13m/$17m)
    Cash in the Bank: €0.7m (£0.6m/$0.8m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €373m (£327m/$426m)
    Net Debt: €91m (£80m/$104m)

  • Jadon Sancho Dortmund Monchengladbach

    No. 15 - Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

    FFI Score: 1.42
    Playing Assets: €412m (£361m/$471m)
    Tangible Assets: €188m (£165m/$215m)
    Cash in the Bank: €45.4m (£39.8m/$51.9m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €90m (£79m/$103m)
    Net Debt: -€13m (-£11.4m/-$15m)

  • Julian Brandt Bayer Leverkusen

    No. 14 - Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)

    FFI Score: 1.54
    Playing Assets: €377m (£330m/$431m)
    Tangible Assets: €87m (£76m/$99m)
    Cash in the Bank: N/A
    Owner Potential Investment: €308m (£270m/$352m)
    Net Debt: N/A

  • Diego Costa Atletico Madrid La Liga 24112018

    No. 13 - Atletico Madrid (Spain)

    FFI Score: 1.56
    Playing Assets: €807m (£707m/$923m)
    Tangible Assets: €299m (£262m/$342m)
    Cash in the Bank: €47m (£41m/$54m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €30m (£26m/$34m)
    Net Debt: €521m (£457m/$596m)

  • Paulinho, Guangzhou Evergrande

    No. 12 - Guangzhou Evergrande (China)

    FFI Score: 1.72
    Playing Assets: €91m (£80m/$104m)
    Tangible Assets: €116m (£102m/$133m)
    Cash in the Bank: €8.4m (£7.4m/$9.6m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €625m (£548m/$715m)
    Net Debt: N/A

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool

    No. 11 - Liverpool (UK)

    FFI Score: 1.83
    Playing Assets: €876m (£768m/$1002m)
    Tangible Assets: €194m (£170m/$222m)
    Cash in the Bank: €5m (£4.4m/$5.7m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €76m (£67m/$87m)
    Net Debt: €296m (£259m/$338m)

  • Eden Hazard Chelsea 2018-19

    No. 10 - Chelsea (UK)

    FFI Score: 1.89
    Playing Assets: €852m (£747m/$974m)
    Tangible Assets: €167m (£146m/$191m)
    Cash in the Bank: N/A
    Owner Potential Investment: €332m (£291m/$380m)
    Net Debt: €576m (£505m/$659m)

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus

    No. 9 - Juventus (Italy)

    FFI Score: 1.96
    Playing Assets: €768m (£673m/$878m)
    Tangible Assets: €164m (£144m/$188m)
    Cash in the Bank: €140m (£123m/$160m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €253m (£226m/$289m)
    Net Debt: €437m (£383m/$438m)

  • Paul Pogba, Manchester United

    No. 8 - Manchester United (UK)

    FFI Score: 1.99
    Playing Assets: €855m (£749m/$856m)
    Tangible Assets: €279m (£245m/$319m)
    Cash in the Bank: €331m (£290m/$378m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €138m (£121m/$158m)
    Net Debt: €751m (£658m/$752m)

  • Lionel Messi, Barcelona

    No. 7 - Barcelona (Spain)

    FFI Score: 2.05
    Playing Assets: €1143m (£1102m/$1307m)
    Tangible Assets: €146m (£127m/$167m)
    Cash in the Bank: €93m (£82m/$106m)
    Owner Potential Investment: N/A
    Net Debt: €435m (£381m/$497m)

  • Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2018-19

    No. 6 - Real Madrid (Spain)

    FFI Score: 2.38
    Playing Assets: €969m (£849m/$1108m)
    Tangible Assets: €333m (£291m/$381m)
    Cash in the Bank: €178m (£156m/$204m)
    Owner Potential Investment: N/A
    Net Debt: €294m (£258m/$336m)

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal

    No. 5 - Arsenal (UK)

    FFI Score: 2.43
    Playing Assets: €554m (£486m/$633m)
    Tangible Assets: €492m (£431m/$563m)
    Cash in the Bank: €206m (£181m/$236m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €243m (£213m/$278)
    Net Debt: €291m (£255m/$333m)

  • Harry Kane Tottenham 2018-19

    No. 4 - Tottenham Hotspur (UK)

    FFI Score: 2.66
    Playing Assets: €830m (£727m/$949m)
    Tangible Assets: €543m (£475m/$621m)
    Cash in the Bank: €228m (£200m/$261m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €115m (£101m/$131m)
    Net Debt: €421m (£369m/$481m)

  • Thiago Alcantara Bayern Munich 2018-19

    No. 3 - Bayern Munich (Germany)

    FFI Score: 2.67
    Playing Assets: €828m (£725m/$947m)
    Tangible Assets: €252m (£221m/$288m)
    Cash in the Bank: €151.9m (£133m/$174m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €118m (£103m/$135m)
    Net Debt: -€85m (-£75m/-$97m)

  • Neymar PSG Guingamp Ligue 1 19012019

    No. 2 - Paris Saint-Germain (France)

    FFI Score: 3.84
    Playing Assets: €820m (£719m/$948m)
    Tangible Assets: €99m (£87m/$113m)
    Cash in the Bank: €88.1m (£77m/$101m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €941m (£825m/$1076m)
    Net Debt: €37m (£32m/$42m)

  • Raheem Sterling, Man City

    No. 1 - Manchester City (England)

    FFI Score: 4.21
    Playing Assets: €1058m (£927m/$1210m)
    Tangible Assets: €471m (£413m/$539m)
    Cash in the Bank: €21m (£18m/$24m)
    Owner Potential Investment: €647m (£567m/$739m)
    Net Debt: €80m (£70m/$91m)