Sports How the richest soccer clubs compare with the richest NFL teams

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The top European football clubs make more money than top NFL teams.

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There is a significant cultural divide between the US and Europe when it comes to the appreciation of sport.

While the NFL reigns supreme in America, soccer (or football if you prefer) dominates the zeitgeist internationally. Both the football teams stateside and the football clubs abroad bring in a ton of revenue.

Using data from Forbes, we ranked the teams by the amount of revenue they generate (in US dollars) and compared how much the richest clubs in Europe were taking in compared with the NFL.

When seen side by side, it's clear that while midmarket NFL teams bring in more money than their European counterparts, when it comes to the big-money soccer clubs, it's tough for the likes of the Cowboys and the Patriots to keep pace.

No. 20 Napoli — $158 million

No. 20 Napoli — $158 million play

No. 20 Napoli — $158 million

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League: Serie A (Italy)

Location: Naples

2016-2017 record: 26-8-4, 86 points, third place

20th-richest NFL team: Jacksonville Jaguars, $344 million in revenue



No. 19 Leicester City — $191 million

No. 19 Leicester City — $191 million play

No. 19 Leicester City — $191 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: Leicester

2016-2017 record: 12-8-18, 44 points, 12th place

19th-richest NFL team: Cleveland Browns, $347 million in revenue



No. 18 Inter Milan — $199 million

No. 18 Inter Milan — $199 million play

No. 18 Inter Milan — $199 million

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League: Serie A (Italy)

Location: Milan

2016-2017 record: 19-5-14, 62 points, seventh place

18th-richest NFL team: Arizona Cardinals, $348 million in revenue



No. 17 West Ham United — $213 million

No. 17 West Ham United — $213 million play

No. 17 West Ham United — $213 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: London

2016-2017 record: 12-9-17, 45 points, 11th place

17th-richest NFL team: New Orleans Saints, $358 million in revenue



No. 16 AC Milan — $238 million

No. 16 AC Milan — $238 million play

No. 16 AC Milan — $238 million

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League: Serie A (Italy)

Location: Milan

2016-2017 record: 18-9-11, 63 points, sixth place

16th-richest NFL team: Miami Dolphins, $359 million in revenue



No. 15 AS Roma — $242 million

No. 15 AS Roma — $242 million play

No. 15 AS Roma — $242 million

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League: Serie A (Italy)

Location: Rome

2016-2017 record: 28-3-7, 87 points, second place

15th-richest NFL team: Carolina Panthers, $362 million in revenue



No. 14 Schalke 04 — $249 million

No. 14 Schalke 04 — $249 million play

No. 14 Schalke 04 — $249 million

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League: Bundesliga (Germany)

Location: Gelsenkirchen

2016-2017 record: 11-10-13, 43 points, 10th place

14th-richest NFL team: Pittsburgh Steelers, $376 million in revenue



No. 13 Atletico de Madrid — $254 million

No. 13 Atletico de Madrid — $254 million play

No. 13 Atletico de Madrid — $254 million

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League: La Liga (Spain)

Location: Madrid

2016-2017 record: 23-9-6, 78 points, third place

13th-richest NFL team: Seattle Seahawks, $377 million in revenue



No. 12 Tottenham Hotspur — $310 million

No. 12 Tottenham Hotspur — $310 million play

No. 12 Tottenham Hotspur — $310 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: London

2016-2017 record: 26-8-4, 86 points, second place

12th-richest NFL team: Baltimore Ravens, $378 million in revenue



No. 11 Borussia Dortmund — $315 million

No. 11 Borussia Dortmund — $315 million play

No. 11 Borussia Dortmund — $315 million

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League: Bundesliga (Germany)

Location: Dortmund

2016-2017 record: 18-10-6, 64 points, third place

11th-richest NFL team: Chicago Bears, $385 million in revenue



No. 10 Juventus — $379 million

No. 10 Juventus — $379 million play

No. 10 Juventus — $379 million

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League: Serie A (Italy)

Location: Turin

2016-2017 record: 29-4-5, 91 points, first place

10th-richest NFL team: Denver Broncos, $387 million in revenue



No. 9 Liverpool — $448 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: Liverpool

2016-2017 record: 22-10-6, 76 points, fourth place

Ninth-richest NFL team: Green Bay Packers, $391 million in revenue



No. 8 Chelsea — $497 million

No. 8 Chelsea — $497 million play

No. 8 Chelsea — $497 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: London

2016-2017 record: 30-3-5, 93 points, first place

Eighth-richest NFL team: Philadelphia Eagles, $407 million in revenue



No. 7 Arsenal — $520 million

No. 7 Arsenal — $520 million play

No. 7 Arsenal — $520 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: London

2016-2017 record: 23-6-9, 75 points, fifth place

Seventh-richest NFL team: Houston Texans, $416 million in revenue



No. 6 Paris Saint-Germain — $578 million

No. 6 Paris Saint-Germain — $578 million play

No. 6 Paris Saint-Germain — $578 million

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League: Ligue 1 (France)

Location: Paris

2016-2017 record: 27-6-5, 87 points, second place

Sixth-richest NFL team: New York Jets, $423 million in revenue



No. 5 Manchester City — $583 million

No. 5 Manchester City — $583 million play

No. 5 Manchester City — $583 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: Manchester

2016-2017 record: 23-9-6, 78 points, third place

Fifth-richest NFL team: New York Giants, $444 million in revenue



No. 4 Bayern Munich — $657 million

No. 4 Bayern Munich — $657 million play

No. 4 Bayern Munich — $657 million

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League: Bundesliga (Germany)

Location: Munich

2016-2017 record: 25-7-2, 82 points, first place

Fourth-richest NFL team: San Francisco 49ers, $446 million in revenue



No. 3 Barcelona — $688 million

No. 3 Barcelona — $688 million play

No. 3 Barcelona — $688 million

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League: La Liga (Spain)

Location: Barcelona

2016-2017 record: 28-6-4, 90 points, second place

Third-richest NFL team: Washington Redskins, $447 million in revenue



No. 2 Real Madrid — $688 million

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League: La Liga (Spain)

Location: Madrid

2016-2017 record: 29-6-3, 93 points, first place

Second-richest NFL team: New England Patriots, $523 million in revenue



No. 1 Manchester United — $765 million

No. 1 Manchester United — $765 million play

No. 1 Manchester United — $765 million

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League: Premier League (England)

Location: Manchester

2016-2017 record: 18-15-5, 69 points, sixth place

The richest NFL team: Dallas Cowboys, $700 million in revenue



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