Manchester City ranked most powerfully financed football club for 2017.




Pep Guardiola's side have scored 78 goals in 28 games in the English Premier League and the Champions League -- an average of nearly three goals in every match -- and have lost just once. They've done so playing a thrilling brand of football that has fans and savants cooing with delight.

If Manchester City has become accustomed to breaking records on the pitch this season, the Premier League side is now also dominating off the field, has reported by football finance report.

In a study conducted by Soccerex -- organizers of the world's biggest football finance forum -- City were deemed the world's most financially powerful club, beating traditional powerhouses like Manchester United Real Madrid and Barcelona.

David Wright, Soccerex Marketing Director, said the company's first study into football finance highlighted how the football landscape has changed globally and awesomely over the last two decades.

"We wanted to create a study that provided a broader evaluation of football finances, one that reflected the modern reality of football, impacted by increased owner investment and the need for better financial management," Wright said in a statement.
"The results have certainly been eye-catching."
Financial clout
Manchester rivals are also starting to realize the implications of the financial might of the club recently,which is owned by an Abu Dhabi-based multibillionaire.

In December, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who has spent over $400 million on players since his arrival at the start of the 2016/2017 season, complained about how City had bought defenders for the usual value of strikers at the start of this season.

"It is not enough," Mourinho said of United's, recent spendings after his team drew 2-2 with Burnley. "And the price for the big clubs, the price for the big clubs is different from the other clubs. So the big, historical clubs are normally punished in the market for that history.

"When you tell a club like Manchester United, do you think AC Milan is not as big as us? You think they are not as big as we are? Do you think Real Madrid are not as big as we are? You think Inter Milan is not as big as we are? There are many big clubs and you say big clubs, I know what is a big club."

Barcelona FC currently top La Liga and in Lionel Messi have one of the world's greatest players, but the club did not break into the top 10 of Soccerex's Football Financial Index.
Barcelona FC currently top La Liga and in Lionel Messi have one of the world's greatest players, but the club did not break into the top 10 of Soccerex's Football Financial Index, Amazing.

While City, managed by former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola, came top, fellow EPL side Arsenal were second and big-spending French club Paris St-Germain, who broke the world record last summer to acquire Neymar from Barcelona, third.
Reflecting China's growing influence in the sport, Guangzhou Evergrande, regarded as the country's glamor side, were fourth -- two places ahead of reigning Spanish champions and 12-time European Cup winners Real Madrid and nine places above Barca, who are 13th.
According to the study, the financial clout of Barca, five-time winners of the European Cup, and Real was stifled by the clubs' member ownership structures and the lack of potential owner investment.
However, the study did point out that should Real Madrid be capitalized on the stock markets, their overall financial power would make them worth more than any other club, regardless of the wealth of billionaire owners.

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