Whilst football might have once been considered the ‘working-class’ man’s game, it would seem to be as far as away from that suggestion in the modern era.
Some will still continue to argue that it is a sport that should still belong to those within that particular classification, however there is no denying that it is becoming even more expensive with each year that passes.
From the fans point of view, attending a match is incredibly expensive, whilst owners are now finding that it is also incredibly expensive and perhaps not as profitable as it once would have been seen.
Indeed, the top teams are all backed by individuals who are able to plough a huge amount of money into the game, as they are forced to try and attract the best players by paying them with the huge wages that are continually on offer each week, whilst also trying to convince their rivals or other clubs to part with the target for a huge sum of money at times.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the top 10 football club owners are worth billions of dollars. Admittedly, not all of their wealth has come from or is a direct contribution with the club that they own, with men like Robert Kraft and Stan Kroenke both having American sports franchises that they own and operate as well.
Nonetheless, they are incredibly wealthy and have been able to use their vast fortunes to help create some powerful teams in world football.
According to a report by The Daily Star, here are the top 10 wealthiest football owners currently in the game:
10. Robert Kraft: New England Revolution ($6bn)
9. Zhang Jindong: Inter Milan ($7.6bn)
8. Nasser Al-Khelaifi: Paris Saint-Germain ($8bn)
7. Stan Kroenke: Arsenal ($9bn)
6. Philip Anschutz: LA Galaxy ($10bn)
5. Roman Abramovich: Chelsea ($12bn)
4. Dietmar Hopp: Hoffenheim ($13bn)
3. Andrea Agnelli: Juventus ($14bn)
2. Dietrich Mateschitz: RB Leipzig ($19bn)
1. Sheikh Mansour: Manchester City ($20bn)
There are a few surprises on the list in regards to the rank that they hold, although no one will be surprised by the actual names that appear.
It would be a shock to think PSG owner, Nasser Al-Khelaifi is only eighth and behind Arsenal’s Kroenke, whilst Roman Abramovich’s fifth is a surprise considering the war chest Chelsea have had available to them over the years.