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Thursday 21 September 2017

Manchester United still top world's rich list

The 19-times English champions, who are preparing for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange, are valued at €1.82bn -- 19pc above Real Madrid. Photo: Reuters
The 19-times English champions, who are preparing for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange, are valued at €1.82bn -- 19pc above Real Madrid. Photo: Reuters

MANCHESTER UNITED are still the world's most valuable sports team, according to Forbes' annual top 50 list, which is dominated by NFL franchises.

The 19-times English champions, who are preparing for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange, are valued at €1.82bn -- 19pc above Real Madrid.

While Manchester City eclipsed United to win the Premier League last season, they are still a strictly second division club when it comes to financial clout.

Despite the wealth of the their owners, they don't figure in the top 50.

Arsenal have fallen three places to 10th overall, with Barcelona rising 18 spots to eighth.

All 32 NFL franchises made the top 50 list, with the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots and Super Bowl champions New York Giants all securing spots in the top 10.

The only teams in the top 10 that do not play soccer or American football are Major League Baseball's New York Yankees.

Ferrari are the top motor racing team, while the LA Lakers are the highest--placed NBA franchise.

Top 10: 1 Man United (€1.82bn); 2 Real Madrid (€1.53 bn); T3 NY Yankees (€1.51bn), T3 Dallas Cowboys (€1.51bn); 5 Washington Redskins (€1.27bn); T6 Los Angeles Dodgers (€1.14bn); T6 New England Patriots (€1.14bn); 8 Barcelona (€1.07bn); 9 NY Giants (€1.06bn); 10 Arsenal (€1.05bn).

Selected others: 11 Bayern Munich (€1.00bn); 15 Ferrari (€896m); 27 AC Milan (€805m); 30 LA Lakers (€733m); 40 McLaren (€652m); 45 Chelsea (€620m).

Irish Independent

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