Manchester United’s incredible wealth has been confirmed with the Old Trafford club ranking as the sixth-most valuable sports team in the world.
The Red Devils have been valued at $3.81billion (£3.06billion) by Forbes, in the American magazine’s latest ranking of the world’s 50 most valuable sports teams.
Man United’s ranking of sixth is highest among English football clubs, though they are behind both Real Madrid and Barcelona with the LaLiga giants coming in third and fourth respectively.
Los Blancos, with a valuation of $4.24billion (£3.40billion), are the most valuable football team in the world, the report claims.
Manchester United’s valuation has taken a hit over the past year, however. Their on-pitch struggles and failure to qualify for the Champions League appear to have negatively affected the club’s finances as their 2019 valuation has decreased eight per cent from the same time last year.
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The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys top the ranking with a valuation of $5billion (£4.01billion), ahead of MLB side New York Yankees, who are worth $4.6billion (£3.7billion).
The next most valuable football team behind Man United are German champions Bayern Munich in 17th, with Manchester City following them in 25th.
Pep Guardiola’s treble winners are the second most valuable Premier League team at $2.69billion (£2.16billion), though they remain £900million behind local rivals United. Their valuation did increase over the past year, however, rising nine per cent from 2018.
Chelsea and Arsenal round out the four most valuable Premier League teams, though they sit well behind leaders Manchester United.
Most valuable Premier League teams
Man United lead the ranking for the most valuable Premier League teams, but who features in the top 50 and where do they rank?
- 45) Liverpool – valued at £1.75billion
- 42) Arsenal – valued at £1.82billion
- 32) Chelsea – valued at £2.07billion
- 25) Man City – valued at £2.16billion
- 6) Man United – valued at £3.06billion