10 Most Valuable Sports Teams in the World (#2 Might Surprise You)

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Bragging rights, when it comes to sports, can be done over anything. This includes being one of the most valuable sports teams in the world:

In this top 10, European soccer has three teams worth a combined $12.07 billion, the NBA has three teams worth $13.3 billion, and the NFL has three teams worth $13.5 billion.

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Find out which team is the most valuable below (#2 on the list might surprise you):

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10. Manchester United – $3.81 Billion

If you know soccer, you know of Manchester United. An English Premier League club that dominated domestically for two decades:

This success allowed Manchester United Plc to become one of the most valuable teams in the world. It had a market value of $3.81 billion in 2021, and it is the third most valuable sports franchise in soccer, just behind Barcelona and Real Madrid.

One of the biggest deals Manchester ever made was in the 2015-16 season when it made a deal worth nearly $1 billion with Adidas for kit manufacturing and sponsorship.

9. New York Giants – $3.9 Billion

With a market value of $3.9 billion as of 2021, the New York Giants stand as the third most valuable NFL team on this list, and a winner of four Super Bowls:

Yet, they are the second most valuable team from New York…

8. FC Barcelona – $4.02 Billion

In 2021, the market value of FC Barcelona was $4.02 billion, making it the second most valuable soccer team in the world.

With Lionel Messi at the helm, FC Barcelona recently signed a kit deal with Nike Inc that is said to be worth approximately $175 million per year and is expected to run all the way through to the 2027-2028 season.

7. New England Patriots – $4.1 Billion

The New England Patriots are the second-highest market value franchise in the NFL. With an estimated value of $4.1 billion, the team continues to be one of the most valuable sports franchises thanks to its loyal fan base.

The Patriots have won the Super Bowl three times in the last six years.

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6. Real Madrid – $4.24 Billion

Real Madrid’s market value of $4.24 billion has been holding steady since 2019:

Today, it remains the most valuable soccer team in the world and a major force in European soccer.

5. Golden State Warriors – $4.3 Billion

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The Golden State Warriors is famous for having the highest-paid NBA player – Stephen Curry. With Curry on board, the team’s market value has gone up to $4.3 billion.

Golden State recently opened their lavish new stadium worth $1.5 billion, called the Chase Center. And the team has won three NBA championships.

4. Los Angeles Lakers – $4.4 Billion

The LA Lakers are the second most valuable NBA team on this list, with a market value of $4.4 billion:

The team is famous for the 20-year local television deal with Time Warner signed in 2012, worth a whopping $4 billion.

The LA Lakers have a mind-boggling 17 NBA Championship wins, starring household names like Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant.

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3. New York Knicks – $4.6 Billion

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The New York Knicks has been the most valuable NBA team for a number of years now. With an estimated value of $4.6 billion. This claim changed in 2016, when the Knicks took over from the LA Lakers.

2. New York Yankees – $5 Billion

This most valuable sports team list is dominated by New York franchises, and #2 is the most valuable from the state.

Amazingly, the New York Yankees is the only MLB franchise to be featured in this list. The franchise has a market value of $5 billion, propelled by heritage, loyal fans, and a hungry market.

1. Dallas Cowboys – $5.5 Billion

With a market value of $5.5 billion, the Dallas Cowboys are clearly the most valuable sports team in the world. This is despite the team not winning an NFL championship in over two decades.

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