Manchester Are The Most Valuable Football Club In The World

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Forbes has released it’s yearly list of most valuable sports teams in the world, with Manchester United at 2.85bn only behind NFL side Dallas Cowboys (3.25billion) and Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees (2.86bn), making the Manchester Club the most valuable football team on the planet, surpassing Real Madrid and Barcelona in the process.

United are valued at £2.85bn, up 11 per cent from £2.57bn in 2016, despite not having won the league or Champions League since 2013.

Chelsea, and Manchester City were among four Premier League sides ranked in the top 50, but Liverpool and Arsenal dropped out of the list.

The team who enjoyed the biggest climb, incidentally, was NFL’s Los Angeles Rams – a team owned by Stan Kroenke, who is also Arsenal’s majority shareholder.

According to, ”The cutoff to qualify among the world’s most valuable sports franchises is higher than ever, up 18% this year to $1.75 billion. There are 36 franchises worth at least $1 billion that did not make the top 50. Credit soaring TV contracts for the rising franchise values, as well as labor deals with players that almost ensure profitability barring outrageous spending on payroll by an owner.”
”No sports league is as profitable as the NFL where the average team earned an operating profit (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $91 million and no one banked less than $26 million. The boffo profits helped 29 NFL teams rank among the 50 most valuable franchises (only the Bengals, Lions and Bills missed the cut). Other sports include eight MLB clubs and seven each from the NBA and European soccer.”
‘The Dallas Cowboys lead for the second straight year at $4.2 billion. Jerry Jones’ team unseated Real Madrid last year as the most valuable sports team. The Spanish soccer powerhouse had ranked No. 1 for three straight years.”


1. Dallas Cowboys (NFL)

2. New York Yankees (MLB)

3. Manchester United

4. Barcelona

5. Real Madrid

6. New England Patriots (NFL)

7. New York Knicks (NBA)

8. New York Giants (NFL)

=9. San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

=9. Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

11. Washington Redskins (NFL)

12. Los Angeles Rams (NFL)

=13. New York Jets (NFL)

=13. Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)

15. Bayern Munich

16. Chicago Bears (MLB)

16. Boston Red Sox (MLB)

18. Chicago Cubs (MLB)

19. San Francisco Giants (MLB)

=20. Houston Texans (NFL)

=20. Golden State Warriors (NBA)

22. Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)

22. Chicago Bulls (NBA)

24. Denver Broncos (NFL)

25. Miami Dolphins (NFL)

26. Green Bay Packers (NFL)

27. Baltimore Ravens (NFL)

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)

29. Seattle Seahawks (NFL)

=30. Minnesota Vikings (NFL)

=30. Boston Celtics (NBA)

32. Indianapolis Colts (NFL)

33. Atlanta Falcons (NFL)

34. Oakland Raiders (NFL)

35. Manchester City

36. Los Angeles Chargers (NFL)

37. Carolina Panthers (NFL)

38. Arizona Cardinals (NFL)

=39. Tennessee Titans (NFL)

=39. New York Mets (MLB)

=39.  Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)

42. Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL)

43. Arsenal

44. Kansas City Chiefs (NFL)

45. Cleveland Browns (NFL)

46. Chelsea

47. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)

47. Brooklyn Nets (NBA)

47. St Louis Cardinals (MLB)

50. New Orleans Saints (NFL)

50. LA Angels of Anaheim, (MLB)

*A tie means there are 51 teams listed

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