Football’s 50 most powerful influencers: Nasser Al-Khelaifi beats Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool beat Man City in manager stakes


France Football: 50 most powerful influencers

The latest edition of France Football magazine has listed the 50 most powerful influencers in football.

A couple of notes about the list.

Firstly, France Football haven’t really provided any clear definition of what they mean by ‘influencers’. They’ve left the term rather vague, saying:

They are not necessarily the people who shout loudest or make the most fuss, but more those whose decisions carry the most weight.

Secondly, the list isn’t restricted to just people. It has also included some companies and organisations. While agents and even one journalist were also included.


Nasser Al-Khelaifi beats Cristiano Ronaldo

First place in the influencers’ list went to PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Aside from his Ligue 1 football duties, Al-Khelaifi is also the boss of the BeIn Media Group and a minister without a portfolio of Qatar, who will host the 2022 World Cup.

Al-Khelaifi edged out Juventus and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who came in second.

The PSG President also gave the following comment about Ronaldo:

Year after year, Cristiano Ronaldo shows a unique determination and his extraordinary strength of character.

He remains motivated by this desire to improve every day and he always pushes his limits.

I admire this relentless drive. He is a great example for all athletes in the making. 


Jurgen Klopp & Pep Guardiola: Liverpool beat Man City in manager stakes

The highest Premier League representative in the list was Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in 4th. Indeed, no manager was higher than the Liverpool boss.

The second-highest ranking manager was Man City’s Pep Guardiola, at number 12.

Below Guardiola in the managerial stakes was Real Madrid’s Zinédine Zidane at #18.

Perhaps surprisingly, the only other manager in the top 50 was Al-Sadd’s Xavi Hernandez at 39.


France Football: Top 50 influencers

The complete list is below.

1. Nasser Al-Khelaifi (President of PSG)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
3. Gianni Infantino (FIFA President)
4. Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool)
5. Jorge Mendes (agent)
6. Andrea Agnelli (President of Juventus)
7. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
8. Florentino Perez (President of Real Madrid)
9. Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)
10. Swiss Justice

11. Brian Roberts (CEO of Comcast)
12. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
13. Aleksander Ceferin (UEFA president)
14. Adidas-Nike
15. Richard Masters (Premier League chief exec)
16. Neymar Jr. (PSG)
17. Mino Raiola (agent)
18. Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid)
19. XI Jinping (President of China)
20. Kylian Mbappé (PSG)

21. Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Man City owner)
22. Christian Seifert (President of the Bundesliga)
23. Pini Zahavi (agent)
24. Wang Jianlin (Founder of Dalian Wanda Group, 15% owner at Atletico Madrid)
25. Andrew Wilson (EA Sports’ CEO)
26. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
27. Stephen Ross (American property magnet, owner of Miami Dolphins)
28. Salman al-Khalifa (Prince of Bahrain, President of the Asian Football Confederation)
29. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (President of Bayern Munich)
30. Chung Mong Gyu (President of the Football Association of Korea, member of FIFA Council)

31. Pierluigi Collina (Former referee)
32. Victor Montagliani (President of CONCACAF)
33. Jonathan Barnett (agent)
34. FIFPro (Players’ Union)
35. Sharon Thorne (Chair of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors)
36. Ahmad Ahmad (President of the African Football Confederation)
37. Viktor Zubkov (Chairman of Gazprom)
38. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
39. Xavi Hernández (Al-Sadd coach)
40. Hiroshi Mikitani (CEO of Rakuten, president of Vissel Kobe)

41. Jonathan Wilson (journalist)
42. Alex Green (France Football say he’s an “entrepreneur”, although it’s unclear who this is)
43. Didier Drogba
44. Mario Gallavotti (FIFA lawyer)
45. David Beckham
46. Hassan Al-Thawadi (2022 World Cup committee leader)
47. Rui Pinto (creator of Football Leaks)
48. Jean-Michel Aulas (President of Lyon)
49. Khalida Popal (Former captain of the Afghan national women’s team, activists)
50. Ballon d’Or


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This article was edited by Ben Green.