Welcome to Football Benchmark

Welcome to KPMG Football Benchmark, an interactive platform providing in-depth understanding and analysis of the business of Football.

An extensive wealth of data - from the business performance of football clubs to the estimation of players´ market values - is presented in a dashboard format, enabling comparison and evaluation to support critical decision-making.

As the primary business intelligence source of Football industry insight and knowledge, the KPMG Football Benchmark tool aims to deliver significant value and to improve data democratization.

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Welcome to Football Benchmark

The 50+1 rule in the Bundesliga – Strength or weakness?

Across all major European leagues, there are established structures and mechanisms to lure investors, even foreign ones, to become club owners. Germany’s Bundesliga is an exception: it has not opened its doors for external stakeholders to hold a majority in a club. The league’s famous 50+1 rule ensures that the club's members retain overall control, and thus protects clubs from the influence of external investors. What is the reason behind this strict ruling, which nevertheless, allows some exceptions? Hereby, we look into the details and their impacts on the league’s business potentials.

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The 50+1 rule in the Bundesliga – Strength or weakness?

KPMG Player Valuation

Top 50 players by market value
(in € million, 12th February 2020)

  Name (Age) Club  Nat Value
(€ million)
1 Mbappé (21) 225.0
2 Messi (32) 175.0
3 Neymar (28) 175.0
4 Salah (27) 155.0
5 Sterling (25) 150.0
6 Mané (27) 140.7
7 Sancho (19) 139.3
8 E. Hazard (29) 135.7
9 Kane (26) 134.7
10 De Bruyne (28) 130.0
11 Griezmann (28) 118.6
12 Van Dijk (28) 115.0
13 F. de Jong (22) 109.3
14 Rashford (22) 108.5
15 Alisson (27) 102.0
16 Werner (23) 94.3
17 Alexander-Arnold (21) 91.0
18 Pogba (26) 90.0
19 Firmino (28) 90.0
20 Bernardo Silva (25) 89.1
21 Ter Stegen (27) 88.7
22 R. Lukaku (26) 88.5
23 Lewandowski (31) 88.0
24 Heung-min Son (27) 86.5
25 C. Ronaldo (35) 86.4
26 De Ligt (20) 85.5
27 Havertz (20) 85.2
28 Gabriel Jesus (22) 85.0
29 N. Pépé (24) 84.4
30 Ederson (26) 84.1
31 Varane (26) 83.1
32 Rodri (23) 82.5
33 Dybala (26) 81.9
34 Coutinho (27) 81.8
35 Kimmich (25) 80.0
36 Saúl Ñíguez (25) 80.0
37 N'Golo Kanté (28) 80.0
38 Dele Alli (23) 78.5
39 A. Robertson (25) 77.8
40 Gnabry (24) 77.2
41 B. Fernandes (25) 76.5
42 Casemiro (27) 76.0
43 Agüero (31) 75.3
44 L. Martínez (22) 75.2
45 O. Dembélé (22) 75.1
46 L. Sané (24) 75.0
47 João Félix (20) 75.0
48 Oblak (27) 73.5
49 H. Maguire (26) 72.7
50 Haaland (19) 72.1

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