Since arriving at Anfield in 2010, greater attention to detail when it comes to data analysis and a strategic player trading plan has seen FSG praised by some and criticized by others.
For some, the model, which sees Liverpool’s net spending significantly lower than Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea over the past decade at £ 293million, is to be applauded. The exchange of players for their valuable watermark allows for investment in the playing team, as was the case with the sale of Philippe Coutinho and subsequent deals for Virgil van Dijk and Alisson, has always delivered a trophy of Champions League and Premier League.
But for others, it is a pattern which cannot be sustained from year to year and which leads to the fall as it leads to the rise. This limits what Jurgen Klopp can do in the transfer market and the goals he can pursue, as Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland seem like a bridge too far despite the Reds being a big enough draw to be part of the. equation with respect to these. kind of players choosing a new destination.
Financial power has guided football in the modern era, with Manchester City owner City Football Group led by Sheikh Mansour changing the face of English football with its significant investment. Before that, it was Roman Abramovich at Chelsea. For players like Liverpool, competing with players like City and Chelsea has never been so difficult.
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There is a lot of talk about the seemingly bottomless wealth of Sheikh Mansour and Abramovich, but how do FSG and John W. Henry compare to them and the rest of Europe?
In terms of personal wealth, FSG chief and main Liverpool owner Henry, who made his fortune in the 1980s through commodity trading, is worth £ 2.14 billion. That number puts him at 946th on Forbes magazine’s list of global billionaires.
OLBG.com’s research focused on compiling a list of the richest sports team owners in the world.
Henry’s fortune makes him the 69th, with almost identical wealth to West Bromwich Albion owner Guochuan Lai in the 70th. Henry places nine positions higher on the list than Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, who is worth £ 1.9 billion, according to the study.
When it comes to how Henry’s wealth stacks up against his Premier League rivals, it’s a bit low on the list.
On the list of billionaire owners of English football clubs, Henry ranks 15th.
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In front of him are Southampton owner Gao Jisheng (£ 2.37bn), Mike Ashley at Newcastle United (£ 2.52bn), Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha at Leicester City (£ 2.98bn), Joshua Harris at Crystal Palace ( £ 3.36bn), John Coates at Stoke City (£ 3.44bn), the Glazer family at Manchester United (£ 3.59bn), Tottenham Hotspur owner Joe Lewis (£ 3.67bn), the Wolverhampton Wanderers owner Guo Guangchang (£ 4.5bn), Nassef Sawiris of Aston Villa (£ 5.35bn) and QPR owner Lakshmi Mittal (£ 8.11bn).
Above that list are Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke and Fulham owner Shahid Khan who claim £ 6.35bn and £ 6.58bn respectively. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, with a fortune of £ 9.64 billion, is 12th on the overall list, while the richest by far is Sheikh Mansour, whose fortune of £ 22.95 billion is enough to place it in the top 10.
So Manchester City have by far the richest owners in English football, but what about elsewhere?
While Andrea Agnelli at Juventus (£ 10.32 billion), Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz at RB Leipzig (£ 20.7 billion) and Paris Saint-Germain boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi (6 , £ 12 billion) perform well, the wealthiest club owners may not be expected.
The European club belonging to the richest individual is the French club Rennes. Owned by the Artemis group, whose main owners are French billionaire François Pinault, the owner of the Ligue 1 team is worth £ 31.5 billion.
The richest team owner on the list in all sports is Mukesh Ambani, owner of the £ 54.7 billion Mumbai Indian cricket team.