English Championship strugglers QPR are now the world's RICHEST club to the tune of 22 BILLION!

Lakshmi Mittal - the fifth most minted man on the planet - has bought a 20 per cent stakeholding in the R's this week.

And with the Rangers board already boasting F1 tycoons Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, it means the Championship's bottom club have a fortune of more than £22 BILLION - even bigger than Real Madrid.

Indian steel magnate Mittal topped last year's Sunday Times Rich List with a near £20bn fortune - almost double that of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

F1 supremo Ecclestone is worth £2.5bn, while Renault chief Briatore has a cool £60m.

The three wealthy directors have pledged to splash the cash to turn Rangers into the game's next big force.