Football is the most popular sport in the world today which has about 3.5 billion fans followed by cricket with 2.5 billion, and third placed field hockey. At a global level their tens of hundreds of professional football clubs and today we shall reveal to you the most popular clubs in the world today.
In our list of top 10 best and most popular soccer teams in 2017-2018 we have worked out the rankings based on several factors. Some of the factors are trophies won, social media follower count, sponsorship deals, and global TV viewership numbers among other factors.
The listed clubs are the best, among the richest and have the best players in the world that have influenced their popularity globally such as Messi for Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid.
Check out our list of top 10 best and most popular soccer teams in 2018
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This is one of the best Italian football clubs we have on the world today. Juventus FC came to formation in 1897 by young students and since 1923 its owned and managed by The Agnelli family which is an Italian multi-industry business dynasty which also controls and owns Jeep 2009, Lancia 1969, Ferrari 1969 among others.
Since its formation the club has achieved a lot and that can only be attributed by the number of cups it has which are 1 Intertoto cup, 7 italian super cups, 34 Scudetto cups, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, 11 Coppa Italia, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 3 UEFA Europa League cups, 2 UEFA super cups, some of its current sponsors are Adidas and Jeep. On twitter Juventus has over 4.07 million twitter followers, on Instagram they do have 6.1 million followers, on google + they do have 1.7 million followers and on Facebook the club has over 25.3 million fans.
9. Ac Milan
Another Italian club which is said to have a lot of fans in the world is A.C. Milan. The club formed in 1899 and since its formation they have really dominated Serial A, and other leagues hence earning the position of the fourth most successful club in the world. Being one of the wealthiest clubs in Italy and the world as well they have some of the best players. In 2016 the club was sold to its current owner a Chinese investment group Fininvest.
Being a successful club in Seral A, UEFA, FIFA, and other leagues you can expect A.C Milan to have a full trophy cabinet. Some of the trophies they have won are 1 FIFA World Club Cup , 3 intercontinental cups, 7 Champions leagues, 5 European Super cups, 2 cup winners cup, 18 league titles, 5 Italian cups, 7 league super cup among others. Some of their notable sponsors are brands such as Nivea Men, Audi, Toyo Tires, and Adidas, fly Emirates, DIESEL, KIMBO, among others. On social sites the team has on Facebook 24.8 million fans, 4.5 million twitter followers, 3 million Instagram followers and 5 million Google + followers.
8. FC Bayern Munich
One of the best clubs in Germany to feature in the list of top 10 best and most popular Soccer teams in 2017 is FC Bayern Munich. This club in all Germany clubs is the most successful football club in history and this can be affirmed by the fact that they have won 18 national cups and 26 national titles.
The club was formed in 1900 and plays in the Bundesliga and as of today is the biggest club in Germany and the third biggest football club in the world in relation to revenue. The club is run like a joint stock company and some of its owners are FC Bayern München AG, Adidas, Audi, Allianz. Being a big club as it is you can expect a large trophy cabinet and some of their trophies are 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 2 Intercontinental Cup, 5 UEFA Champions League / European Cup, 18 DFB-Pokal cups, 5 DFB/DFL-Supercup, 26 German Champions among others.
Some of their main sponsors are brands such as Adidas, Audi, DHL, Allianz, Philips, Good Year, Coca-Cola among others. On social networks sites such as Facebook FC Bayern Munich has over 41 million Facebooks fans, 9.3 million Instagram followers, and 3.4 million twitter followers.
7. Paris Saint Germain
One of the best and among the most popular French clubs in the world based in Paris is Paris Saint Germain. It was established in 1970 and was a merger between Stade-Saint Germain and Paris FC. This club up to date is the only club that has never been relegated from league 1, it’s among two French clubs in history to have ever won European title and up to date the most successful French club in relation to trophies won as they have 31 in their trophy cabinet.
Some of the trophies are 1 UEFAIntertoto Cup, 1 UEFA Cup Winners cup, 6 Ligue 1 titles, 6 French league cups, 10 French cups 6 French super cups among others. The club is the richest in France and among the rich clubs in the world as its owner is Qatar Sports Investments. Some of their top sponsors are brands such as fly Emirates, Nike, Ooredoo, and QNB. On twitter the club has 4.3 million followers, 7.6 million Instagram followers and on Facebook they have 27 million fans.
Liverpool is among the top English football clubs and one of the most popular clubs in the world. It’s based in Liverpool England and they normally compete in premier league which is one of the most watched leagues in the world. The club was formed in 1892 and as of today it’s the world’s eighth most valuable football club, and the ninth highest-earning football club.
Over the years Liverpool has been on sale exchanging ownership but as of today the current owner is Fenway Sports Group. Liverpool has always been a major force both in English and European football and this can be attested by the fact that they have won 18 league champions, 5 European cups, 7 FA cups, 8 league cups, 3 EUFA cups, 3 European super cups, 15 FA charity shield cups, 1 super cup, 18 reserve division one cup winners, and 3 FA cup winners.
When we look at their social media popularity on Facebook the club has over 27 million fans, on twitter 7 million followers, on Instagram they have 3.9 million followers, Google+ 4.9 million followers. Some of the sponsors Standard Chartered, BetVictor, Malaysian Airline, KONAMI, Vitality, mbna, Vitality among others.
Among the oldest most popular and a top club not just at its home town London but also globally is Arsenal. Its one club with a good track record and obviously one with trophies to attest this claim.in their trophy cabinet they have 12 FA cups, 13 League champions cups, 2 league cups, 1 European cup, 14 community charity shield cups, and 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and all thanks to its current manager Arsène Wenger who has been their guide since 1996.looking at the number of supporters mostly on social media the club has 37 million Facebook fans, around 9 million twitter fans, and 9 million Instagram followers.
4. Chelsea F.C
In the English Premier League this is one of the top clubs and among the best clubs there is in the world. Established in 1905 Chelsea today is the seventh most valuable football club in the world. Its owned by a Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich since year 2003. in relation to success Chelsea have won 5 league titles, 7 FA Cups, 1 UEFA Champions League, 5 League Cups, 2 cup winners cups, and 4 FA Community Shields, 2 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups, 1 UEFA Europa League and 1 UEFA Super Cup. Some of the clubs sponsors are brands such as Adidas, YOKOHAMA TYRES,Carabao, Delta, EA Sports, Singha Beer, Hublot, Hotel Tonight among others. In social media on twitter they have 8.2 million followers, 8.8 million Instagram followers and about 47 million Facebook fans.
3. Manchester United
Nicknamed the “Red Devils” it’s the third most popular club in the world and also the most popular in the Premier League. The club was established in 1878 and as of today it’s the highest earning football club in the world, third most valuable football club in the world. The club is owned by Malcolm Glazer who died in 2014 so its run by Malcolm Glazer family. Manchester united since it was founded it has been one successful football club and this can be attested by the fact that they have won 12 FA Cups,1 FIFA Club World Cup, 3UEFA Champions league cups, 21 Charity/Community shield cups, 1 intercontinental cup, 20 English League titles, among others.
Some of the main club sponsors are brands such as Adidas, Aon, Chevrolet, 20th Century Fox, Abengoa, Aeroflot, Aperol Spritz among others. On evaluating the social networks support base the club holds position three as on Facebook they have 72 million fans , Instagram they have 16.7 million followers and 10.5 million twitter followers.
2. Real Madrid
One of the best clubs in the world and in its home town Madrid Spain. it was founded in 1902 and initially it was called Madrid football club before King Alfonso XIII bestowed the name Real which means royal in Spanish. Today Real Madrid is not just a famous club but also world’s highest-earning football club. Real Madrid unlike other clubs its owned by its supporters (Socis) which are about 85000.
The club has a track record of winning and it is a major force both Spanish and European leagues and this can be attested by the honours it has received such as the best club of the 20th century FIFA trophy, 11 European cups, 2 FIFA Club World cups, 3 Intercontinental cups, 3 European super cups, 2 UEFA cups, 32 Ligas, 19 COPAS DEL REY, 9 Spanish Super Cups, 1 League cup, among others. The club sponsors are brands such as Microsoft, Adidas, IPIC, Emirates, Audi, Boss Hugo Boss, Movistar, EA Sports, Hankook among others. In terms of popularity in social networks the club has 95 million Facebook fans, 7 million twitter followers and 46.6 Instagram followers.
1. FC Barcelona
Based in Barcelona Spain this is the most popular club one of the best clubs not just in Spain but in the whole world. It’s the greatest rival to Real Madrid football club. It was established 1899 the club as of today is the second most valuable club in the world, and also second most richest club in the world as well. Just like Real Madrid FC Barcelona is owned by its supporters. Some of top sponsors are brands such as Qatar Airways, NIKE, Audi beko, Gillette, KONAMI among others.
On their trophy cabinet which reveals how successful they are they do have 5 Champions League titles, 3 FIFA Club World Cups, 4 European Cup Winners’ Cup, 5 European Super Cup, 24 Spanish League Championship, 28 Spanish Cup, 12 Spanish Super Cup, 8 Catalan Cup, among others. When we look at the support of the club by fans in social network the club has almost 97 million Facebook fans, 20 million twitter followers, and 47 million Instagram followers.
The above clubs have millions of fans around the globe and the best players there is in the world. They hold the positions based on social media fan count, sponsorship deals, merchandise sales and global tv viewership numbers. They are also the richest and most valuable football clubs globally.