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Inter Milan ranked in top 30 of Football Finance 100

Report shows disparity between Juventus and rest of Serie A.

FC Internazionale v AS Roma - Serie A
Chairman of Suning holdings group Zhang Jindong (front) and FC Internazionale board member Steven Zhang attend the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AS Roma at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 26, 2017 in Milan, Italy.
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In its annual report of the top 100 football clubs around the globe, Soccerex ranked Inter Milan No. 24 on its list – up from No. 30 a year ago.

According to the report, Inter ranked where it did because of a “high level of debt.” Since Inter doesn’t own its own stadium like several of the top clubs in Europe, its fixed assets only amounted to €534 million.

The value of Inter Milan players was listed at €551 million while the club was rated with €5.7 million in the bank – meaning the club does not have a lot of resources at its disposal, financially.

The net debt of the club was €320 million while the combined net worth of the listed ownership – Suning Commerce Group, International Sports Capital (which has recently sold its shares to LionRock Capital), Pirelli and other minority stakeholders – was approximately €3.6 billion.

Only Juventus and Napoli joined Inter on the top 30 list. Napoli ranked No. 23. The value of its players was listed at around €489 million while its fixed assets were not available, but it also has no debt. It is the value of the squad that put it above Inter in the rankings.

Juventus, on the other hand, ranked No. 9 on the list, thanks in large part because the team owns its own stadium and because the team was the first to offer shares on the stock exchange in order to raise capital.

The value of Juventus players was €768 million while its tangible assets were valued at around €164 million. But, its net debt hovered round around €437 million.

The Football Finance 100 examines the 100 richest football clubs in the world by looking at the assets of the ownership, value/cost of players, movable and real estate assets as well as net debt.

Manchester City was ranked No. 1 on the list ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal rounded out the top five. Real Madrid was sixth ahead of FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus and Chelsea rounded out the top 10.

Outside the top 30, AC Milan was ranked at No. 39, Lazio at No. 41 and AS Roma at No. 61. They were the only other clubs to make the Top 100 list from Serie A.

The report also examined the breakout of ownership of the top 100 clubs. United States-based owners controlled 18 of the top 100 clubs and seven of the top 30 while Chinese-based owners had 13 of the top 100 and three of the top 30. Member ownership controlled 21 of the top 100 clubs and just two of the top 30.

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