First Training – Seven Brazilian clubs are on the list of the most profitable youth categories in the world

A study conducted since 2015 has revealed the 50 teams that have benefited the most from the sale of young players.
2022-03-14 22:54:15

Seven of the 50 teams that benefit the most from the development of players in the basic divisions are based in Brazil. Brazilian clubs, on the other hand, are far from the top five, with Flamengo in 13th position, according to a survey issued by the International Center for Sport Studies (CIES). Since 2015, the sales of players created in their clubs for other teams have been evaluated, and the research has identified the 50 clubs that have benefitted the most as a result.

After Flamengo, we have Saints (28th), Grêmio (29th), Fluminense (30th), So Paulo (32nd), Athletico-PR (45th), and Vasco da Gama (46th) (48). Benfica Portuguese (€ 379 million), Real Madrid (€ 330 million), Monaco (€ 285 million), who play in the French League, Ajax (€ 283 million), and Lyon (€ 283 million) round out the top five in the general list (270 million).

We compared all of the information about the Brazilian teams on the Times list to the most lucrative fundamental categories from across the world.

Brazilian clubs on the list

The following Brazilian teams have placed higher in the world’s ranking of clubs with more profitable fundamental categories since 2015. Check out which of these teams’ players sold for more money within the same time period. The “value received” in reals corresponds to the current quote, whilst the “selling value” corresponds to the current quotation.

Brazilian ranking



Amount received

Higher sale



Value for sale

1 13 Flamengo € 147 million (R $ 866 million) Vinícius Júnior 2017 Real Madrid (ESP) € 45 million (R $ 164 million)
2 28 Santos € 113 million (R $ 644 million) Rodrygo 2018 Real Madrid (ESP) € 45 million (R $ 193 million)
3 29 Grêmio € 112 million (R $ 638 million) Arthur 2018 Barcelona (ESP) € 40 million (R $ 160 million)
4 30 Fluminense € 109 million (R $ 621 million) Gerson 2015 Roma (ITA) € 16 million (R $ 60 million)
5 32 São Paulo € 98 million (R $ 558 million) Antony 2020 Ajax (HOL) € 15.75 million (R $ 75 million)
6 45 Athletico-PR € 66 million (R $ 376 million) Renan Lodi 2019 Atlético de Madrid (ESP) € 20 million (R $ 87.5 million)
7 48 Vasco da Gama € 60 million (R$ 342 million) Paulinho 2018 Bayer Leverkusen (ALE) € 20 million (R $ 85 million)

 Higher sales

Check out the following list which was the highest sales, in general, of basic players in the study period of CIES (since 2015).

  • 1st place: Kylian Mbappé (€ 180 million or R $ 612 million) of Monaco for PSG in 2017;
  • 2nd place: João Félix (€ 126 million or R $ 554 million) of Benfica for Atletico de Madrid in 2019;
  • 3rd place: Jack Grealish (€ 117 million or R $ 702 million) of Aston Villa for Manchester City in 2021;
  • 4th place: Lucas Hernández (€ 80 million or R $ 352 million) of Atletico de Madrid to Bayern in 2019;
  • 5th place: Kai Havertz (€ 77 million or R $ 462 million) of Bayer Leverkusen for Chelsea in 2020.

About base categories in football

Football-based categories encourage the practice of tournaments contested between selections of children and teenagers (typically sub-13 to sub-20). The major goal is to develop these young athletes so that they may compete in professional contests and pursue a career in the sport in the future.

The Sao Paulo Copa Soccer Junior, which has been contested by teams from Brazil’s top clubs since 1969, is the country’s premier basic event. Corinthians hold the record for most tournament championships with ten.

When it comes to selection, the FIFA U-20 Globe Cup is the most important competition in the world for young players. Argentina, with six victories, are the most recent winners of the competition, which began in 1977. With five championships, Brazil is the second most successful champion.

About or Cies

The International Center for Sport Studies is a non-profit research institute based in Neuchatel, Switzerland. The International Football Federation (FIFA), the world’s biggest soccer governing organization, and the University of Neuchatel collaborated to establish it in 1995.

For the athletic world, CIES delivers research, higher-level education, and consultancy services. All of this is accomplished using a multidisciplinary approach. The fundamental goal of the organization has been to serve as a link between the worlds of research, education, and sports organizations since its foundation.