5 Most Valuable Sports Teams In The World
This year's list of Forbes 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams is here and it's bigger than ever. The list, which measured the overall value of each franchise as well as their year-on-year growth, features a value split of $3,5 billion between the most valuable team and the 50th placed New Orleans Saints. This year's list is so impressive that 36 teams valued at $1 billion or more failed to make it into the top 50. Below are the top 5 most valuable sports teams in the world according to Forbes.
5. Real Madrid - $3.58 billion
Based in Madrid, Spain, Real Madrid or Real Madrid Club de Fútbol was founded in 1902. The team competes in the La Liga, UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Super Cup and holds the record for most European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles with a staggering 12 wins. The club's star player is Cristiano Ronaldo whom the club paid a staggering $131.5 million for in a record-breaking transfer deal with Manchester United. The club suffered a 2% reduction in its overall value and dropped from second in 2016's valuation to this year's fifth spot.
4. Barcelona - $3.64 billion
Founded in 1899, Barcelona have continually stood apart from much of the footballing world. Unlike many other clubs that are owned by billionaires, Barcelona is owned and operated by the club's supports. The club's record is also impressive with 24 La Liga, 28 Copas Del Rey, and 5 UEFA Champions League titles. The Barcelona lineup includes Lionel Messi, a player that many consider to be the best in the world. Although the club jumped 2% in their year-on-year valuation, they dropped from third in last year's rankings to this year's fourth.
3. Manchester United - $3.69 billion
After being founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, the club changed their name to Manchester United in 1902. In 1910, the club moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford. Manchester United boasts an impressive record with 20 League Titles, 12 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, a record 21 FA Community Shields, and 3 UEFA Champions Leagues titles. The club boosted their valuation by an impressive 11% and jumped from fifth spot on the list in 2016 to third in 2017. In addition, after leapfrogging both Real Madrid and Barcelona, Manchester United has become the most valuable soccer team in the world.
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2. New York Yankees - $3.7 billion
Founded in 1901 as the Baltimore Oriles, the club was purchased by Frank Farrell and Bill Devery, moved to New York and renamed the New York Highlanders. In 1913, the club changed it's name to the New York Yankees and has since become the most successful sports franchise in American sports history. The team boasts 18 divisions titles, 40 AL pennants and 27 World Series championships. With a 9% increase from their 2016 valuation, the New York Yankees have surpassed soccer teams Barcelona and Real Madrid to take second spot on the 2017 list. The Yankees are also the only Major League Baseball team in the top 10, with the next most valuable team, the Lost Angeles Dodges coming in at thirteenth with $2.75 billion.
1. Dallas Cowboys - $4.2 billion
After a successful NFL expansion vote in 1958, The Dallas Cowboys became the first NFL team south of Washington since the Dallas Texans were forced to fold in 1952. Over the next decade, the Cowboys became the most successful team in the league winning 105 regular season games and winning two of the five Super Bowls they appeared in. Since then, the team has appeared in three additional Super Bowls winning two of them. The Dallas Cowboys grew 5% in their valuation and retain the top spot as the most valuable sports team in the world. The team is valued at almost $500 million more than the second place Yankees and $1 billion more than their closest NFL rivals the New England Patriots.