Atletico are the team of the season, reaching their first European Cup final in 40 years and leading mighty Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga despite modest financial resources in comparison to their wealthy competitors.
The financial imbalance between the teams is vast, according to the latest world football rich list from Forbes.
Real Madrid is the world’s wealthiest team with a valuation of £2 billion, according to Forbes.
Although a match on the playing field, Atletico just edge their way into the list of premier rich teams at 17th, with a value of £194 million.
Besides reaching the final of Europe’s premier club tournament, Atletico have a good chance of winning the La Liga title as they sit three points in front of Barcelona and four above Real Madrid with two matches offering a six point tally left this season.
The top 10 football rich list is dominated by Spanish, British, Italian and German teams, with no other nation getting a look in – even though France have footballing giants in Paris St Germain, Marseilles and Monaco and The Netherlands boast Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord.
Reigning European club champions Bayern Munich rank fourth in the rich list with a value of £1 billion, tucked behind third place Manchester United, with a valuation of £1.66 billion. Drifting in the Premier League and failing to qualify for Europe, the Red Devils dropped in value by 11% during the season.
World premier rich league
The full list of top 10 richest world football teams is:
- Real Madrid – Spain (£2.03 billion)
- Barcelona – Spain (£1.89 billion)
- Manchester United – England (£1.66 billion)
- Bayern Munich – Germany (£1.09 billion)
- Arsenal – England (£786 million)
- Chelsea – England (£513 million)
- Manchester City – England (£510 million)
- AC Milan – Italy(£506 million)
- Juventus – Italy(£502 million)
- Liverpool – England (£408 million)
Two new teams in top 20
The second tier of 10 teams who failed to make the cut for the rich list are:
- Borussia Dortmund – Germany (£354 million)
- Schalke 04 – Germany (£343 million)
- Tottenham Hotspur – England (£304 million)
- Inter Milan– Italy (£285 million)
- Paris St Germain – France (£245 million)
- Galatasaray – Turkey (£205 million)
- Atletico Madrid – Spain (£194 million)
- Hamburg SV – Germany (£192 million)
- AS Roma – Italy (£181 million)
- Napoli – Italy(£175 million)
The only two new teams to breach the top 20 this season are Paris St Germain and Turkish heavyweights Galatsaray.