5) Government of China (Manchester City) – £265m
Manchester United’s noisy neighbours have had a remarkable turn of fortune in recent years. After years of mediocrity, Manchester City’s sale to Sheikh Mansur and Chinese Government injected a new lease of life within the club. The Government of China have invested a mouth-watering 265 million Euros in the squad since the acquisition. Such money has attracted some of the top stars of the game. Moreover, the owners look committed for the long run, having revamped club’s training facility. The Blue half of Manchester are one of the rising clubs in Europe and Pep Guardiola; they have the right manager to take the club forward.
4) John W. Henry (Liverpool) – £300m
The American owner, John W.Henry, recorded a massive net worth of 2.3 billion US dollar according to Forbes in 2016. The owner of Liverpool football club also owns Boston Red Sox as well as the Boston Globe newspaper. However, despite his immense wealth, the club have not been known for heavy transfers in recent years. The club have resorted to a more efficient transfer style under Jurgen Klopp, who believes in developing players rather than buying finished products. Mohammed Salah’s 37 million Euros transfer, though, is an interesting buy for the Reds.
3) Stan Kroenke (Arsenal) – £450m
Stan Kroenke was the subject of criticism from the Gunners’ faithful towards the end of the last season. The clubs’ fans have grown frustrated with their lack of progression as Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time under Arsene Wenger. Despite Kroenke’s net worth of 5.9 billion US dollars, the club have been largely hesitant in spending big. There were reports that Usmanov, the second major stakeholder, was ready to increase his share. However, the club have reportedly bid a world-record 130 million Euros for Kylian Mbappe, in what looks like turning a new leaf from the Gunners’ hierarchy.
2) The Glazer family (Manchester United) – £800m
The Glazers received bitter criticism from the fans back in ’05; however, have since pleased the club’s supporters with their investments. The club paid the world record fee to bring Paul Pogba back from Juventus last summer. Moreover, despite clubs’ consistent struggles since Sir Alex’s tenure ended, the Glazers have managed to bring Jose Mourinho to the club. The Reds look set for a busy transfer market with Lindelof already signed. The likes of Morata and Matic too have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
1) Roman Abramovich (Chelsea) – £2bn
No owner has had an impact on a club like Abramovich has had on Chelsea. The Russian has single-handedly transformed the Blues’ fortunes from a mid-table club to regular title challengers. Often blamed for his hasty decisions to sack managers, Abramovich has invested a massive 2 billion Euros since taking over. The success has naturally followed as the club are now European heavyweights and have won 5 league titles and a Champions League title since. Under Antonio Conte, Chelsea will be looking to hold on the Premier League title while also mounting a strong European challenge.