The discussion of the ‘biggest football club’ in the world usually resides around three teams: Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Manchester United are the most successful club in the most popular league in the world – the Premier League.
Real Madrid are the most successful club in the most sought after trophy in European football – the Champions League.
And Barcelona have been very successful this millennium and currently have arguably the greatest footballer of all-time – Lionel Messi.
It’s always open to debate as to which of these is the biggest football club in the world.
Chelsea are a team that never get mentioned in this discussion. In fact, before Roman Abramovich’s takeover in 2003 they struggled to sell out Stamford Bridge, and the only serious competition they challenged for was the FA Cup.
All that has changed over the past decade or so. Five Premier League titles in the Abramovich era, a further four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League have made Chelsea one of the most popular clubs among children in England.
The Blues are the defending Premier League champions and six games into the 2017-18 season after three points behind joint leaders Manchester City and Manchester United. Chelsea host City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday looking for a victory that would put them level on points.
Those that have made any Betfair football bets ahead of Saturday’s game will have got odds of around 2.67 on a home win. Chelsea’s odds can be expected to drop heading into the weekend following the news that Sergio Aguero has been injured.
Their success on the pitch is reflected off of it. The West London club have been able to attract some of the biggest sponsorship deals in world football.
The infographic below shows that only four clubs have a bigger sponsorship deal than Chelsea currently in place.
They include Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, each with their huge fanbase all over the world.
Bayern Munich’s £65 revenue from sponsorship also ranks above Chelsea’s £60m. The German Bundesliga giants are the most popular team in their rich country and have had success in Europe too in recent years.
Chelsea’s deal with Yokohama as both their main kit sponsor and on the sleeve earns the Premier League side a cool £60 million per season on average.
Whilst it’s not in the same region as the three biggest clubs in the world it’s certainly competing. And with the big money that Chelsea are bringing in it has attracted the likes of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Pedro to join the club in recent seasons.
The graphic below shows the breakdown of sponsorship deals between the five aforementioned clubs: