Man United named second most valuable sports team in the world

Real Madrid have usurped Manchester United as the most valuable sports franchise in the world, according to Forbes' annual list

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Real Madrid have usurped Manchester United as the most valuable sports team in the world, according to Forbes’ annual list published this week.

The La Liga side have taken top spot in the table with an estimated value of $3.3bn (£2.19bn), with the Red Devils’ valued at $3.17bn (£2.1bn) and Barcelona third with a worth of $2.6bn (£1.7bn).

Manchester United, who went public last August, signed a seven-year $559m (£370m) shirt sponsorship deal last year with Chevrolet.

The Premier League champions also penned a naming rights agreement for the club’s Carrington training facility with insurer Aon back in April, which is expected to net United more than $200m (£133m) over eight years.

Arsenal are the only other football team in the top 10, with the Gunners maintaining their 10th place from last year with a value of $1.33bn (£0.89bn).

This list, which is based on the Forbes valuations done in the past year for the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, football, Nascar and Formula 1, shows a significant increase in overall value. Two years ago there was no team worth $2bn.

The top 10 most valuable sports teams in the world 2013

1. Real Madrid (Last year: 2) Owner: Club Members, Value: $3.30bn

2. Manchester United (Last year: 1) Owner: Glazer family, Value: $3.17bn

3. Barcelona (Last year: 8) Owner: Club Members, Value: $2.6bn

4. New York Yankees (Baseball) (Last year: 3) (tie) Owner: Steinbrenner Family, Value: $2.3bn

5. Dallas Cowboys (American football) (Last year: 3) (tie) Owner: Jerry Jones, Value: $2.1bn

6. New England Patriots (American football) (Last year: 6) (tie) Owner: Robert Kraft, Value: $1.64bn

7. Los Angeles Dodgers (Baseball) (Last year: 6) (tie) Owner: Guggenheim Baseball, Value $1.62bn

8. Washington Redskins (American football) (Last year: 5), Owner: Daniel Snyder, Value $1.6bn

9. New York Giants (American football) (Last year: 9) Owner: John Mara, Steven Tisch Value $1.47bn

10. Arsenal (Last year: 10) Owner: Stanley Kroenke, Value $1.33bn

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