Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool: Which club's squad is worth the most?

  • Kobe Tong

Chelsea are entering one of the most uncertain periods in their entire history.

With confirmation this week that the UK Government would be placing sanctions upon their owner, Roman Abramovich, Blues fans are anxiously awaiting clarity on what this will mean for the future of the club.

With Stamford Bridge poised to be half-full in the coming weeks and players who are out of contract in the summer set to leave, the west London club could experience all manner of unique scenarios in 2022.

Uncertain times for Chelsea

Truth be told, it’s a complicated subject at which a number of financial and moral conversations lay at the heart, but it’s nevertheless one that has made Chelsea fans take a stock check of how the club is shaping up now.

Besides, even if the supporters leave the more legal and political aspects of the predicament down to those in the boardroom, they certainly have one eye on what everything could mean for Chelsea on the pitch.

And there’s certainly plenty at stake for the world and European champions because they just happen to have one of the most valuable men’s first-team squads in the beautiful game.

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The most valuable squads in the world

In fact, according to the data gurus at Transfermarkt, who calculate the market value of every major player in the sport, Chelsea have the fourth-most valuable team in world football.

With world-class stars such as Edouard Mendy, Antonio Rudiger and Romelu Lukaku inevitably valued at eye-watering fees, Chelsea’s first-team squad comes together for a total valuation of €883.00 million (£739m).

And to put those dizzying numbers into perspective, you can check out Transfermarkt’s ranking of the 30 most valuable football clubs in the men’s game by their playing staff down below:

30. Wolverhampton Wanderers – €338.50 million

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29. West Ham United – €350.75 million

28. AS Monaco – €352.20 million

27. Villarreal – €362.00 million

26. Ajax – €363.80 million

25. Atalanta – €379.90 million

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24. AS Roma – €390.65 million

23. Real Sociedad – €395.40 million

22. Bayer Leverkusen – €417.45 million

21. Sevilla – €424.90 million

20. Aston Villa – €426.50 million

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19. Everton – €453.75 million

18. RB Leipzig – €454.00 million

17. AC Milan – €466.60 million

16. Napoli – €505.85 million

15. Arsenal – €511.00 million

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14. Leicester City – €513.80 million

13. Inter Milan – €550.90 million

12. Juventus – €566.40 million

11. Borussia Dortmund – €576.30 million

10. Tottenham Hotspur – €580.25 million

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9. Atletico Madrid – €646.50 million

8. Barcelona – €651.00 million

7. Real Madrid – €780.00 million

6. Manchester United – €790.25 million

5. Bayern Munich – €815.25 million

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4. Chelsea – €883.00 million

3. Liverpool – €889.00 million

2. Paris Saint-Germain – €909.55 million

  1. Manchester City – €977.30 million
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What now for Chelsea?

You only have to look at the fact that Chelsea have a more valuable squad than European giants such as United, Barcelona and Real Madrid to get an idea about the high stakes here.

It obviously goes without saying that footballing matters like these are ultimately immaterial compared to infinitely more important political, social and humanitarian factors at play here.

Nevertheless, taking note of Chelsea’s first-team squad and its worth still serves as a yard stick of where the club stands amongst the final throes of the Abramovich era as it accelerates towards an uncertain future.

Soccer Football – Champions League Final – Manchester City v Chelsea – Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal – May 29, 2021 Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta celebrates with the trophy and owner Roman Abramovich after winning the Champions League Pool via REUTERS/Michael Steele

Only time will tell whether the next steps in Chelsea’s reorganisation will see the composition of the men’s team cheered on by millions around the world change, and to what extent or cost.

At this stage, it’s almost impossible to know, but it seems inescapable now that major changes are on the horizon for Chelsea. We can only hope that it’s all for the greater good.

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