Man City and United top rankings for highest squad value at over £1bn

Man City and United top the rankings for the highest estimated squad value with both teams worth more than £1BILLION… while Chelsea’s lucrative side are valued at £800m, above Barcelona and Bayern Munich

  • CIES Football Observatory have revealed the highest valued squads in football 
  • Manchester City came out on top, just above United with both worth over £1bn 
  • Chelsea rounded off podium with their lucrative team worth around £800m
  • The Premier League sides were valued above the likes of Barcelona and Bayern 

Manchester City and Manchester United reigned supreme at the top of the table for highest valued squads, with both worth more than £1billion in a report by the CIES Football Observatory.

It should come as no surprise to see the two Premier League power-players leading the rankings given their investment and transfer dealings in recent seasons. City – who splashed out £100m on Jack Grealish this summer – had an estimated squad worth of £1.28billion.

Pep Guardiola’s side edged narrowly above their local rivals Manchester United, who had a very busy window indeed and sprinkled some serious talent around their already expensive squad. 

Man City top the rankings for the highest valued squad with estimated worth of £1.28bn

Bitter rivals Man United followed them closely behind with a rough value of £1.21bn

Cristiano Ronaldo is still worth around £20m after joining from Juventus, while the club also snapped up Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane for £42m and Dortmund star Jadon Sancho for roughly £73m.

In total, United’s squad was worth around £1.21bn as their new signings joined other big name players like Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and most expensive defender in the world Harry Maguire.

But it wasn’t enough to dethrone the reigning Premier League champions City, who have slowly assembled a team brimming with top talent, including Kevin de Bruyne, Ruben Dias, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan. 


1) MANCHESTER CITY – £1.28bn


3) CHELSEA – £808m

4) BARCELONA – £764m

5) BAYERN MUNICH – £759m

6) LIVERPOOL – £741m

7) REAL MADRID – £722m

8) PSG – £689m


10) ATLETICO MADRID – £565m    

Chelsea have been big spenders in recent seasons and their side was valued at around £808m

The Blues were slightly higher than Barcelona, whose group is now valued at £764m

Rounding off the podium of the CIES report was Chelsea, who have been investing heavily in their squad themselves – having brought in Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for an eye-watering £98m.

The Champions League winners are valued at around £808m, which puts them just above European heavyweights Barcelona and Bayern Munich. 

Barcelona retain a relatively high position of fourth despite losing star man Lionel Messi to PSG this summer and are worth around £764m and the German giants, spearheaded by forward Roberto Lewandowski, are valued at £759m.

Four teams make up the top ten, with Liverpool in sixth place with an estimated squad value of £741m. Like Barcelona, Madrid have seen a couple of big names leave in recent seasons such as Varane, Ramos and Martin Odegaard and their squad is now valued at around £689m – that was good enough for seventh place in the table.

Despite boasting the likes of Leo Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, PSG’s squad was only ranked eighth in the table with a value of £689m

London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal came in 13th and 14th respectively in the CIES table

Despite PSG’s summer spree of snapping up Messi, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma – their squad is only good enough for eighth place with a value of £689m.   

Their local rivals Atletico Madrid rounded off the top ten, with Borussia Dortmund – littered with rising stars like Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham – in ninth. 

The best of the rest saw Juventus (£527m) just miss out on a place in the top ten, while Bundesliga side Leipzig (£503m) were ranked higher at 12th place than both London outfits Tottenham (£484m) and Arsenal (£480m).

The highest ranked side out of the traditional ‘top six’ were Leicester City. Brendan Rodgers’ men were in 16th place with a value of £409m.  

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