Spanish giants Real Madrid who have been top of the world’s richest teams list for the last three years has dropped to second position in the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Sports Team List, despite their value rising by almost 12.5 per cent to $3.65bn (£2.75bn).
NFL team the Dallas Cowboys are the new big boys as for the first time a football team does not top the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Sports Team List since 2011.
La Liga champions Barcelona are up one spot to third at $3.55bn (£2.68bn), Manchester United – ranked first in 2011 and 2012 – stay fifth at $3.32bn (£2.5bn), and NFL team the San Francisco 49ers at $2.7bn (£2.04bn) rise 22 places to take 10th spot.
Arsenal is in 23rd spot with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool following in 28th, 36th and 41st places in that order. German Champions Bayern Munich are placed 12th.
World’s Top 10 Most Valuable Sports Teams
- Dallas Cowboys (NFL) – $4.0 billion
- Real Madrid (Football) – $3.65 billion
- Barcelona (Football) – $3.55 billion
- New York Yankees (MLB) – $3.4 billion
- Manchester United (Football) – $3.32 billion
- New England Patriots (NFL) – $3.2 billion
- New York Knicks (NBA) – $3.0 billion
- Washington Redskins (NFL) – $2.85 billion
- New York Giants (NFL) – $2.8 billion
- Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) – $2.7 billion
- San Francisco 49ers (NFL) – $2.7 billion
- Bayern Munich (Football) – $2.68 billion
- Arsenal (Football) – $2.02 billion
- Manchester City (Football) – $1.92 billion
- Chelsea (Football) – $1.61 billion
- Liverpool (Football) – $1.55 billion