Manchester United are the only Premier League side to feature in the current top 30 most valuable sports teams on the planet, according to Forbes .
United are 10th in the classic rankings, compiled each year by the business magazine, with a valuation of £2.9billion.
The Red Devils topped the list exactly a decade ago, five years on from their controversial £790million takeover led by the Glazer family.
That honour now belongs to American football franchise Dallas Cowboys, valued at £4.2billion, ahead of baseball’s New York Yankees (£3.8billion).
The rest of the top five is made up of NBA basketball outfits: New York Knicks (£3.5billion), LA Lakers (£4.4billion), then Golden State Warriors (£3.2billion).
Rich in trophy winning history as well as investment, United are streaks ahead of their English rivals.
Neighbours Manchester City (£2.1billion) trail them in 34 th on the list – a relatively high rating for a football club despite their recent financial issues.
Chelsea (£2billion) are closely behind them in 37 th place, 17 years after Roman Abramovich’s £140million purchase changed the football landscape.
Fellow Londoners Arsenal (£1.7billion) are the fourth and final English side in the list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises over the past 14 months.
Their majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and the Glazers both have two teams on the list as Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers also feature.
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich (£2.3billion), in 24 th place, are the other football team listed, with the English clubs are the only ones not at least part-owned by fans.
Some of the figures were put together before the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has become clear, but Forbes saw signs of encouragement.
The introduction to the list reads: “Fans are stuck at home, seasons are at risk, and revenue is plummeting. Things might seem terrible for professional sports, but amazingly most of the world’s top franchises are worth more this year than last.”
Top 10 valued sports teams
1. Dallas Cowboys – £4.2bn
2. New York Yankees – £3.82bn
3. New York Knicks – £3.52bn
4. LA Lakers – £3.36bn
5. Golden State Warriors – £3.29bn
6. Real Madrid – £3.24bn
7. New England Patriots – £3.13bn
8. Barcelona – £3.07bn
9. New York Giants – £2.98bn
10. Manchester United – £2.91bn
The full list is available here at Forbes.
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