Man Utd still world's most valuable sports team

Last updated 11:14 17/07/2012
Wayne Rooney
Reuters
TOP DOLLAR: Wayne Rooney's Manchester United remain the richest sports team on the planet.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Weather bomb can't stop Tim Roe drawing first blood at New Zealand Cycle Classic Southland cyclist Emily Paterson becomes first female to win OJ Henderson wheel race Kiwi kickboxer Israel Adesanya falls short in world middleweight title bid With four elite quarterbacks still standing, AFC and NFC title tilts should be special Amanda Nunes sets sights on second UFC belt Laura Nagel and Olympian Hamish Carson charge to national 3000m titles Women athletes having sex can distort doping results, says Russian deputy PM From cancer to captaincy: AFL star's stunning comeback World road cycling championships could be staged in Australia A strong tradition of polo runs in the Clarkin family

English soccer club Manchester United retained their title as the world's most valuable sports team, according to an annual top 50 list released by Forbes that was dominated by National Football League (NFL) franchises.

The 19-times English champions, who are preparing for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange, were valued at US$2.23 billion (NZ$2.8 billion), up from $1.86 billion last year and 19 percent above No. 2 Real Madrid ($1.88 billion).

All 32 NFL franchises made the top 50 list with the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots and Super Bowl champion New York Giants all securing spots in the top 10.

The only teams in the top 10 that do not play soccer or American football were Major League Baseball's New York Yankees, who were tied at third with the Cowboys, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were tied with the Patriots at No. 6.

The top 50 list included seven football teams, with Arsenal falling three places to 10th overall and Barcelona rising 18 spots to eighth.

Ferrari was the top motor racing team, listed at 15th, while the New York Knicks, in 43rd place, were the lone National Basketball Association franchise to make the list.

Forbes Top 10 teams:

1. Manchester United (football) - US$2.23 billion

2. Real Madrid (football) - $1.88 billion

3. New York Yankees (MLB) - $1.85 billion

3. Dallas Cowboys (NFL) - $1.85 billion

5. Washington Redskins (NFL) - $1.56 billion

6. Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB) - $1.40 billion

6. New England Patriots (NFL) - $1.40 billion

8. Barcelona (football) - $1.31 billion

9. New York Giants (NFL) - $1.30 billion

10. Arsenal (football) - $1.29 billion

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content