The top ten most valuable sports teams in the world right now

America’s major sporting leagues dominate Forbes latest list of the most valuable sports teams in the world.
Every one of the sports teams that cracked the top ten are sporting brands in their own right and prospective owners can expect to fork out $4 billion or more to pry them away from their current owners.
Three of the teams are now worth more than $5 billion.
Manchester United have slipped out of the top ten with a Bundesliga giant taking their place.

The 10 most valuable sports teams

Three European football teams make the top 10 with Manchester United joining Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona among the most valuable sports teams in the world, though it seems unlikely the Glazers would sell the club any time soon.
Despite the global economic slowdown there is apparently still high demand for sports teams and a handful of billionaires out there keen on getting hold of their own franchise.

“There is no lack of multi-billionaires that want to get into the sports business right now,” said Sal Galatioto, whose investment firm has handled team transactions for MLB baseball outfit the Chicago Cubs as well as NBA teams the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers among other marquee sports properties.
“People will pay a premium. They buy these teams not just on the numbers, but on the brand value.”
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Forbes’ top 10 most valuable sports teams

10 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)
Current Value: $4.21 billion
Owner: club members
Year Purchased: not applicable
Price Paid: not applicable
9 New York Giants (National Football League)
Current Value: $4.3 billion
Owner: John Mara, Steven Tisch
Year Purchased: 1925, 1991
Price Paid: $500, $150 million
8. New England Patriots (NFL)
Value: $4.4 billion
Owner: Robert Kraft
Year Purchased: 1994
Price Paid: $172 million
7 Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
Current Value: $4.6 billion
Owner: Jerry Buss Family Trusts, Philip Anschutz
Year Purchased: 1979, 1998
Price Paid: $20 million, $268 million
6 Golden State Warriors (NBA)

Most valuable sports teams: Stephen Curry. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Current Value: $4.7 billion
Owner: Joe Lacob, Peter Guber
Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: $450 million
5 Real Madrid (La Liga)
Current Value: $4.75 billion
Owner: club members
Year Purchased: not applicable
4 Barcelona (La Liga)

Value: $4.76 billion
Owner: club members
Year Purchased: not applicable
Price Paid: not applicable
3 New York Knicks (NBA)
Current Value: $5 billion
Owner: Madison Square Garden Company
Year Purchased: 1997
Price Paid: $300 million
2 New York Yankees (MLB)
Current Value: $5.25 billion
Owner: Steinbrenner family
Year Purchased: 1973
Price Paid: $8.8 million
1 Dallas Cowboys (NFL)

Most Valuable Sports Teams: Michael Gallup #13, Dak Prescott #4, and Randall Cobb #18 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins in the game at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Current Value: $5.7 billion
Owner: Jerry Jones
Year Purchased: 1989
Price Paid: $150 million

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