The Most Expensive Football Kit Deals of 2016
For any football fan out there, there is no better way to show your allegiance to a team other than own its jersey.
With loyalty comes a lot of value as 2016 has seen one of the most lucrative kit supplier deals ever to be made in football history.
By now you must be asking yourself questions like, “what is a kit supplier deal and how does it work?” No worries I’ve got you covered on this one.
A kit supplier deal is a contract between a football club (any other club in sports) and a manufacturing company where the manufacturer takes on the responsibility of designing and supplying the kits to the club that include the first team kits, training clothing and reserve kits.
This contract can either be short term (1-2 years) or long term (5-10 years).
Annually, the manufacturer pays a fee to the club and in return the manufacturer gets to sell official club jerseys globally through their official channels. (Good business)
Well enough about that, let’s take a look at the most expensive kit deals in football ranking today.
The Catalans are among the best team that exists today with a hub of the best players in the world.
This deal is not going to be ranked since it isn’t to take effect pretty soon but will blow the minds out of many football fans.
Barcelona are to continue their partnership with Nike after coming to a conclusion to a deal that sees the team earn a whooping £140m a season from 2018-2028.
This will be the first football kit deal to reach the billion pound mark in history.
Top 10 Football kit deal Rankings
1. Manchester United (Adidas) £750m 2015-2025
In 2015 the red devils ditched Nike for Adidas that saw them earn £75m a year. This deal put the club on the top rankings although soon to be blown out of the water by the Barcelona deal.
2. Chelsea FC (Adidas) £900m 2016-2032
I know you must be thinking I’m bad at math as Chelsea’s contract value is bigger than united but truth is don’t be overwhelmed by the figures.
Chelsea is to get £60m a year compared to United’s £75m. Another thing is Chelsea is to get this money in 16 years while United are to make this quick money in 10.
3. Bayern Munich (Adidas) £644m 2015-2030
The German behemoths get £42.5m yearly from Adidas. Again the numbers are at work relating to the period of the contract and its total worth.
4. Real Madrid (Adidas) £612m 2012-2020
By now you must have noticed how dominant Adidas is on the list, but what can I say they are German.
The giants of Madrid receive £34m from the company landing them in the fourth position.
5. Arsenal (Puma) £150m 2014-2019
Thank God we are having a break from Adidas, but in the fifth position we are having the north Londoners. In 2014 the gunners signed a contract with Puma that sees them get £30m a year.
6. FC Barcelona (Nike) £280m 2008-2018
Under their current contract they are sixth and maybe we shall see this position change in 2018 if other teams stay reluctant. This contract gives the Catalans £28m annually.
7. Liverpool FC (Warrior) £375m 2012-2018
The reds may have faced a dip in form for the past decade but certainly haven’t lost value. The club gets £25m a year.
8. Juventus (Adidas) £120m 2016-2022.
These are the first Italian giants to make it to the list. But this dominant club gets £20m a year from the German company.
9. AC MILAN (Adidas) £190m 2013-2025.
The glory days of Milan might be behind but can still recognize the team when brought up. Milan gets £19m a year in its kit deal.
10. PSG (Nike) £171m 2013-2022.
For this list the French league 1 only gets one representative. The team gets £19m yearly from the American based manufacturer.
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Hope you enjoyed our list and at least now when you’re having your football arguments you have a basis for your information.
Author: Elvis Rodney
Elvis Rodney is a freelance writer for Newslibre and a Director of Marketing at Spur Magazine with a threshold for knowledge who likes to assert his exceptional claims with evidence and is a strong believer of an Utopian era.