Issue number 413 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post presents the top 100 clubs in the world according to the estimated value of transfer rights held on players in the squad, on loan to other teams or sold with a sell-on percentage. Manchester City top the list with the ownership of transfer rights on no less than 46 players for a total estimated value of €1.46 billion.
Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid complete the podium, ahead of three other English teams: Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. Two German clubs (Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig), as well as Paris St-Germain are in the top 10. All of the English Premier League teams are in the top 100, alongside two Championship’s teams: current leaders Burnley and Watford.
With transfer rights held on players corresponding to €264 million, Brazil’s Flamengo are the highest ranked non-European club. Eight other Brazilian teams are in the top 100, as well as Argentina’s Boca Juniors and River Plate. More information on the CIES Football Observatory’s statistical model for estimating the transfer value of professional football players is available in this scientific paper.
Estimated value of transfer rights held on players (€ Million)
Players in the squad, on loan to other teams or sold with a sell-on percentage. Date: 08/03/2023.