Football (soccer) is one of the oldest and widely played sports in the world. You wouldn't find many people who haven't heard or played the game itself. The fans of football are widespread across the globe, and they cheer and support their favorite teams regardless of their geographical location.
The global appeal of professional football has promoted the football industry into a multi-billion-dollar industry. There are millions or even billions of dollars spent on a recognized football club, including the salary of the workers, players and managers, the training equipment, additional staff, stadium maintenance and whatnot. These expensive activities have posted the sport into the stock exchange market as well.
FIFA is the major governing body of the football world and organizes, approves and promotes all the major football tournaments around the world. The total revenue of this organization between 2015-2018 was 5.8 billion euros, where most of the income coming from broadcasting rights (2.8 billion euros in revenue) and marketing rights (1.5 billion euros in revenue). The FIFA World Cup of 2018 makes up for 83% of FIFA's total revenue because the tournament was watched by nearly 3.6 billion people around the world (literally half of the world's population.)
Football clubs are also making revenue and have posted quite significant numbers in 2019. Bigger football clubs have bigger sponsorship deals than other revenue sources such as broadcasts, tickets, etc. In 2019, FC Barcelona managed to come out on top of the revenue department among football clubs in Europe. It racked up 841 million euros, whereas Barcelona's all-time rival, Real Madrid, followed closely behind at 757 million euros in 2019. Other teams included Manchester United, FC Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain.
Manchester United played a significant role in putting the sport of football on the stock market map. It was one of the first football clubs and probably the most popular at this point. In 1991, the football club made its way into the London Stock Exchange, where it aimed to raise 10 million pounds but didn't reach the goal. In 2012, Man Utd got listed on the New York Stock Exchange and finally surpassed its aim to raise 146.3 million pounds.
With football still being played and promoted on a global level, the future of football seems very bright. The football fans are united in the passion which is not looking to die very soon. The women in the sports are also joining the fray as the 2019's Women's World Cup blasted off to success.