Similar to different continents Africa includes numerous soccer clubs which are part of the history of football in Africa. Certain clubs have massive fan bases and, consequently, they’re extremely rich. The financial standing of a club is determined by many elements, including membership, ownership, fan base, ticket sales, expenditure, and the amount of investment.
The Al Ahly SC in Egypt is the richest football club in Africa. Football clubs earn money through ticket sales, sponsorships, kit sales, and TV agreements in partnership with big transmission companies. The money they earn comes through merit. Merit money is contingent upon the standing of the club within the league.
The Top 10 Most Rich Football Clubs in Africa
1. Al Ahly SC
Al Ahly SC is the most affluent team in Egypt. They are part of the Egyptian Premier League. It was established in Cairo, Egypt, in 1907. Its value is a staggering $28 million. They have won eight CAF Champions League. They also have won the trophy for their local league 40 times. Their revenue comes from ticket sales, kit sales, and sponsorships.
They are supported by WE, SAIBank, GLC, Tiger, and Shell Helix. They also own the AL Ahly Tv, which generates $661,000 annually. Al Ahly SC is the richest football club in Africa. This is because of its performances in the local league this season. They were called the century’s team by the Confederation of African Football in 2000. The club has an estimated net worth of $28 million making it the richest football club in Africa.
2. Mamelodi Sundowns FC
The Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club popularly referred to as the Sundowns is a South African professional football club located in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The club is part of the Premier Soccer League, the highest level in the South African football league system. The club was established in 1968 and is home to its games at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium and the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. The Mamelodi Sundowns FC is estimated to have a net worth of $23.17 million.
3. Zamalek SC
Zamalek Sporting Club, commonly called Zamalek SC, is an Egyptian football club with its headquarters in Cairo. The team has been awarded 5 CAF Championship titles, 4 CAF Super Cup titles, the African Cup Winner’s trophy in addition to a CAF Confederation Cup award and is among the top-performing Egyptian football teams.
The club was founded on the 5th of January 1911 under the name Qasr El Nile and was initially led by Belgian attorney George Merzbach. In the following year, its name changed in 1911 to Cairo International Sports Club. The club was given its current name following the Egyptian revolution in 1952. The estimated net worth of the football club amounts to $22.35 million.
4. Pyramids FC
Pyramids Football Club is an Egyptian football club that is based in Cairo. It is currently a part of the Egyptian Premier League which is the highest-ranked league in the Egyptian football league system. Pyramids FC was founded in 2008 and was in the beginning, referred to by the name Al Assiouty Sport. However, In the year 2018, the club was purchased and relocated to Cairo and then changed its name to Pyramids FC. The club has an estimated net worth of $21.13 million.
5. Orlando Pirates
The Orlando Pirates Football Club, popularly referred to as Pirates is a professional football club that is based in Johannesburg. The Pirates play in South Africa’s top-tier soccer league and are well known in the Premier Soccer League. The club’s home stadium is Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
The club was one of the very first South African football clubs to achieve three major awards in the same season. The football club was awarded the FA Nedbank Cup, the ABSA Premiership, and the Top 8 Cup in the 2010-2011 campaign. The football club has an estimated net worth of $19.74 million making it one of the richest football clubs in Africa.
6. Esperance Tunis
The Tunisian football club also referred to under the names ES Tunis or Esperance ST is located within the Bab Souika neighborhood in Tunis. The club was established in 1919 and is the longest-running football club in Tunisia. It is famous for its iconic home kit, which is yellow and red.
The club is a part of the Tunisian League Professionnelle 1 which is the country’s most prestigious club competition. In addition to its achievements in the Tunisian football industry, Esperance Tunis has also had impressive successes in African soccer competitions and has made Esperance Tunis one of the top football clubs across Africa. The club is estimated to have a net worth in the range of $19.18 million.
7. Kaizer Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs is a top South African football team established in the year 1970. Kaizer Chiefs have managed to claim more than 50 trophies. They have a huge fan base of over 16 million people and are the top loved football club in sub-Saharan Africa.
The club is the most popular football club in South Africa, drawing an average attendance of 14,873 spectators during the 2018-19 season, which was the second-highest in the league. The club has an estimated net worth of $15.91 million making it one of the richest football clubs in Africa.
8. Wydad Casablanca
Wydad Casablanca, popularly known as WAC is a Moroccan club that was established in 1937. The club holds 2 CAF Champions League titles, one CAF Cup Winners title, one CAF Super Cup title, and 20 Moroccan League titles.
The club plays in Botola the top division of the modern-day Moroccan football league. It is also among the only three clubs that have not been eliminated from the top tier. The club has an estimated net worth of $14.37 million.
9. Etoile Sportive du Sahel
Etoile Sportive du Sahel is a Tunisian football club located in Sousse within the Sahel region. In addition to soccer, the team also has a very active basketball division. The club was established in May 1925 and is among the most sought-after Tunisian football clubs.
Presently, Etoile Sportive du Sahel is regarded as one of the best clubs in the country and has earned a respectable standing for its exciting football strategy. The club has been a winner of the national league ten times since 1950. The estimated net worth of the club is $14.14 million.
10. CR Belouizdad
Chabab Riadhi De Belouizdad S.s.p.a commonly referred to by the name CR Belouizdad, is an Algerian football club that is based in the capital of the country, Algiers. The club is part of the top league of Algeria called Ligue Professionnelle 1 and has played in record-breaking 55 seasons.
CR Belouizdad was founded in July 1962, just days after the declaration of independence for Algeria. It was created through the union between two teams: Club Atheltique de Belcourt and Widad Riadhi de Belcourt. The club is estimated to have a net worth of $13.11 million.