Manchester United have retained their
place in Forbes’ list of the top-five most
valuable sports teams in the world.
The Red Devils, who were ranked first in
2011 and 2012, boast a value of £2.5bn –
enough to keep them above NFL side New
England Patriots (£2.4bn) and NBA
outfit New York Knicks (£2.2bn).
Real Madrid have slipped from top spot
down to second following a three-year
spell at the summit, despite seeing their
value rise by 12.5% to £2.75bn.
The accolade of world’s most valuable
side now belongs to NFL giants Dallas
Cowboys , who have climbed one place
since 2015 with an estimated value of
£3bn.
Barcelona and New York Yankees
complete the top five, meanwhile, with
respective valuations of £2.6bn and
£2.5bn.
It is the first time since 2011 that a soccer
team has not topped the list.

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