How the richest soccer clubs compare with the richest NFL teams

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There is a significant cultural divide between the US and Europe when it comes to the appreciation of sport.

While the NFL reigns supreme in America, soccer (or football if you prefer) dominates the zeitgeist internationally. Both the football teams stateside and the football clubs abroad bring in a ton of revenue.

Using data from Forbes, we ranked the teams by the amount of revenue they generate (in US dollars) and compared how much the richest clubs in Europe were taking in compared with the NFL.

When seen side by side, it’s clear that while midmarket NFL teams bring in more money than their European counterparts, when it comes to the big-money soccer clubs, it’s tough for American football teams to keep pace (unless you’re the Dallas Cowboys).


No. 20 Napoli — $158 million

League: Serie A (Italy)

Location: Naples

2016-2017 record: 26-8-4, 86 points, third place

20th-richest NFL team: Arizona Cardinals, $370 million in revenue


No. 19 Leicester City — $191 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: Leicester

2016-2017 record: 12-8-18, 44 points, 12th place

19th-richest NFL team: Miami Dolphins, $376 million in revenue


No. 18 Inter Milan — $199 million

League: Serie A (Italy)

Location: Milan

2016-2017 record: 19-5-14, 62 points, seventh place

18th-richest NFL team: Jacksonville Jaguars, $377 million in revenue


No. 17 West Ham United — $213 million

League: Premier League (England)

Location: London

2016-2017 record: 12-9-17, 45 points, 11th place

17th-richest NFL team: Carolina Panthers, $385 million in revenue


No. 16 AC Milan — $238 million

League: Serie A (Italy)

Location: Milan

2016-2017 record: 18-9-11, 63 points, sixth place

16th-richest NFL team: Minnesota Vikings, $392 million in revenue


No. 15 AS Roma — $242 million

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League: Serie A (Italy)

Location: Rome

2016-2017 record: 28-3-7, 87 points, second place

15th-richest NFL team: New Orleans Saints, $395 million in revenue


No. 14 Schalke 04 — $249 million

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League: Bundesliga (Germany)

Location: Gelsenkirchen

2016-2017 record: 11-10-13, 43 points, 10th place

14th-richest NFL team: Seattle Seahawks, $399 million in revenue


No. 13 Atletico de Madrid — $254 million

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League: La Liga (Spain)

Location: Madrid

2016-2017 record: 23-9-6, 78 points, third place

13th-richest NFL team: Pittsburgh Steelers, $401 million in revenue


No. 12 Tottenham Hotspur — $310 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: London

2016-2017 record: 26-8-4, 86 points, second place

12th-richest NFL team: Baltimore Ravens, $403 million in revenue


No. 11 Borussia Dortmund — $315 million

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League: Bundesliga (Germany)

Location: Dortmund

2016-2017 record: 18-10-6, 64 points, third place

11th-richest NFL team: Denver Broncos, $411 million in revenue


No. 10 Juventus — $379 million

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League: Serie A (Italy)

Location: Turin

2016-2017 record: 29-4-5, 91 points, first place

10th-richest NFL team: Chicago Bears, $416 million in revenue


No. 9 Liverpool — $448 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: Liverpool

2016-2017 record: 22-10-6, 76 points, fourth place

Ninth-richest NFL team: Green Bay Packers, $421 million in revenue


No. 8 Chelsea — $497 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: London

2016-2017 record: 30-3-5, 93 points, first place

Eighth-richest NFL team: Philadelphia Eagles, $430 million in revenue


No. 7 Arsenal — $520 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: London

2016-2017 record: 23-6-9, 75 points, fifth place

Seventh-richest NFL team: New York Jets, $431 million in revenue


No. 6 Paris Saint-Germain — $578 million

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League: Ligue 1 (France)

Location: Paris

2016-2017 record: 27-6-5, 87 points, second place

Sixth-richest NFL team: Houston Texans, $433 million in revenue


No. 5 Manchester City — $583 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: Manchester

2016-2017 record: 23-9-6, 78 points, third place

Fifth-richest NFL team: San Francisco 49ers, $458 million in revenue


No. 4 Bayern Munich — $657 million

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League: Bundesliga (Germany)

Location: Munich

2016-2017 record: 25-7-2, 82 points, first place

Fourth-richest NFL team: New York Giants, $477 million in revenue


No. 3 Barcelona — $688 million

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League: La Liga (Spain)

Location: Barcelona

2016-2017 record: 28-6-4, 90 points, second place

Third-richest NFL team: Washington Redskins, $482 million in revenue


No. 2 Real Madrid — $688 million

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League: La Liga (Spain)

Location: Madrid

2016-2017 record: 29-6-3, 93 points, first place

Second-richest NFL team: New England Patriots, $575 million in revenue


No. 1 Manchester United — $765 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: Manchester

2016-2017 record: 18-15-5, 69 points, sixth place

The richest NFL team: Dallas Cowboys, $840 million in revenue


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