When a player is talented enough to have multiple clubs scouting them, there is a lot more to consider than just results on the scoreboard. There are many other factors that go into making a club a great one to play for, such as pay, game time and how much they can develop at their new club. Also important to consider are aspects affecting their personal lives off the pitch, such as location, language, and social activities.
This is a list of the best clubs for players to sign for should they wish to enjoy professional success and a well-rounded life both on and off the pitch.
10. PSG (Paris Saint-Germain)
The French giants pay their players an average of £6.5 million per player annually, making them the second highest paying club in world soccer. Not only is the pay grade high, but also the chances of winning trophies; PSG have won 5 League titles in the past 6 seasons. With the club located in Paris, the French capital, players should have plenty to do in their off time, from shopping to sightseeing and more.
The one drawback of signing for such a strong side is that it is exceptionally difficult to get into the starting 11 squad, and for this reason, new players may find life frustrating when they first arrive in Paris. With key players such as Edison Cavani playing for PSG since 2013, new, young players such as Jese receive little game time, and often resort to going out on loan to other clubs.
9. FC Porto
While not one of the wealthiest clubs, this team is based in the coastal Portuguese city of Porto, which offers players a laid-back, tranquil beach life during their off time.
This club also has much to offer on the pitch. As one of Europe's most decorated clubs, FC Porto has won 28 Portuguese league titles, 16 Portuguese cups, 2 UEFA Champions League trophies, and 2 UEFA Europa League titles. This means that new signings are likely to see silverware soon after starting their careers at Porto.
Also important to consider is that FC Porto almost always qualifies to play in the UEFA Champions League, which is a tournament featuring Europe's elite clubs. Playing for Porto means getting the chance to take on the world's best, and gain the kind of attention that James Rodriguez received... which prompted a move to Real Madrid.
8. Sporting Lisbon
Not only does Sporting offer players a potentially enjoyable lifestyle off the pitch, but it is also a club where there is potential for growth for young, rising stars. Most soccer enthusiasts are familiar with Juventus icon Cristiano Ronaldo and Portuguese legend Luis Figo, who both kick-started their careers at Sporting before attracting the attention of some of the biggest soccer clubs in the world, such as Real Madrid and Barcelona.
This shows that Sporting has the ability to catapult the careers of young players to the big leagues, as well as provide them with a pleasurable lifestyle off the field.
7. Borussia Dortmund
Valued at an estimated €407.4 million, this is the 12th richest soccer club in the world. Not only does this club have the ability to dish out a massive paycheck, but it is also one of the up-and-comers on the pitch in recent years.
Another important feature of this club is that it gives opportunities to developing players who would typically be overlooked by most European giants. A good example of this comes in the form of Paco Alcacer, who previously struggled to find game time at Barcelona but is now thriving at Dortmund and is the club's top scorer this season.
6. Leicester City
Currently the 14th richest soccer club in the world valued at $332 million, the English underdogs shocked the world when they lifted the Premier League trophy in 2016. While not typically regarded as one of the big boys, playing for Leicester would mean getting exposure to England's Premier League, which is currently the world's most watched sports league.
Such exposure has resulted in Leicester City players being purchased by some of soccer's top teams, for example, Riyadh Mahrez transferring to Manchester City and N'Golo Kante leaving for Chelsea.
As a squad with a high turnover, chances are that any newly-signed player will not have to wait long to get his shot at first team soccer, and attract the interests of some of the world's best.
5. Atletico Madrid
Although the smaller of the Madrid clubs historically, Atletico have done well to close in on local rivals Real Madrid, and Spanish titans Barcelona. They won the La Liga title in 2014, and are the current UEFA Europa League and UEFA Supercup champions. This means that any prospective Atletico players could look forward to seeing some silverware in the future and participate regularly in UEFA competitions. If past success is not enough to go on, consider how well Atletico are performing in the current season; they are in third place in La Liga, trailing the league leaders by one point, and are looking likely to advance from the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Atletico's success on the field has resulted in financial prosperity, and they are now the 13th richest club in the world with a value of €272.5 million. They have subsequently utilized these finances to become the 10th highest paying soccer club in the world, paying each of their players an average of £3.8 million annually.
4. Inter Milan
While the Italian giants have slumped in recent years, they are definitely trying to return to their glory days. They ended last season in 4th place in Serie A, grabbing a coveted spot in this season's UEFA Champions League. They are in third place in Serie A this season and with Champions League Group Stage progression looking likely, they are certainly the team to sign for if you are a player looking to assist an up-and-coming team in bagging trophies.
Furthermore, Inter has proven that they are open to giving young players an opportunity to shine, with new signings such as Mauro Icardi and Matteo Politano flourishing in the first team squad.
A hefty salary can also be expected for any new signing, as Inter has realized a revenue increase of 137% this year.
3. Manchester City
City are the undisputed champions of England, having won the Premier League with a colossal 100 points last season. They are also the current League Cup and Community Shield champions. Any prospective player hungry for trophies should look no further.
Along with their success on the field comes Man City's enormous transfer budget; the club spilled out a massive €317,5 million in the 2017/2018 season transfer window. Considering that the average age of those players was 22.9 years old, rising stars should be lining up at the door in the hope that the blue half of Manchester decides to take a chance on them.
Commonly known as the Old Lady, the Turin-based club has dominated Italian soccer, winning the last seven consecutive Serie A titles. The one title that has eluded the Italian giants in recent years, however, is the UEFA Champions League. Juve fans should not feel too distressed, however, as with players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala, the Italians are looking to shake up the world of soccer.
While being a part of Juve's footballing revolution should be appealing to any soccer player, there are other perks of joining this esteemed club. Juve is the seventh highest paying soccer club in the world, paying each player an average of £4.8 million, and they are based in Turin, a breathtaking city with a backdrop of the Alps and plenty of art nouveau cafes.
1. FC Barcelona
To sign for the Blaugranes would put any player at the pinnacle of world soccer. The Spanish giants have won 30 Spanish Cups, 25 La Liga titles and 5 UEFA Champions League trophies.
Barca currently top the La Liga standings as well as their Champions League group, and have given many young talents such as Ousmane Dembele, Arthur, and Clement Lenglet a chance to shine while doing so.
Barca also has an outstanding youth academy as well as Barcelona B team, with many top first team players such as Sergio Busquets coming through the ranks of their youth system.
This is a club with the power to give young stars a chance to become global sensations, and being a part of the Barcelona squad would allow any player to maximize their potential and become legends of the game.