10 most valuable sports teams in the world: Who beat Barca and Real?

Jonathan Tzvi Machlin - Thursday 14 July 2016 184 Likes

There's a lot of money in sports, but between the top leagues in the United States and the world's best clubs, the actual figures can be quite staggering.

Here are the most valuable franchises and clubs in the world, with their estimated value [per the Telegraph] listed next to them:

  1. San Francisco 49ers (NFL) / Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) - $2.7 billion

In a dead-heat for 10th place are a pair of franchises that endured terrible seasons as overpaying for the wrong players and letting vital pieces walk away ravaged their win total - but not the bottom line.

  1. New York Giants (NFL) - $2.8 billion

The first of three New York teams to make the list, the Giants endured a down season, but the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr into one of the world's most exciting young players has no doubt helped them in very possible way.

  1. Washington 'Skins (NFL) - $2.85 billion

Say what you will about controversial owner Dan Snyder's decisions regarding the team's nickname and spending practices, but the team finally got to the playoffs thanks to the surprising emergence of QB Kirk Cousins.

  1. New York Knicks (NBA) - $3 billion

Despite missing the playoffs once again, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis made the team much more interesting than in some recent years.

  1. New England Patriots (NFL) - $3.2 billion

Not even the threat of a suspension to QB Tom Brady has been enough to hurt this NFL juggernaut - on the field or off of it.

  1. Manchester United (Premier League)- $3.32 billion

A lot of big changes are coming to the Premier League giants: Mourinho, Zlatan, Mkhitaryan, maybe even Paul Pogba. They're not the biggest club in the world, but they're still head and shoulders above the next best in England.

  1. New York Yankees (MLB) - $3.4 billion

The cream of the crop of baseball teams, the Yankees are one of the most iconic sports teams in the world and are seemingly immune financially to their struggles on the diamond.

  1. Barcelona (La Liga) - $3.55 billion

Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were a near-unstoppable force in La Liga, but they found an immovable object in Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. They went away with the La Liga and Copa del Ray titles in the end, but trouble could loom after Messi's recent conviction for tax fraud…

  1. Real Madrid (La Liga) - $3.65 billion

With Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos serving as some of the most marketable players in the world, it’s no wonder that the team can thrive financially even after a season in which they struggled in the first half of the season.

But after firing Rafa Benitez and giving the reins to Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid finished 2nd in La Liga and won the Champions League over Atletico Madrid.

  1. Dallas Cowboys (NFL) - $4 billion

Beating out Real Madrid and Barcelona are "America's Team", who despite missing the playoffs this past year did not see any sort of decline in their brand's popoularity. The team generates nearly $200 million from selling luxury suites and sponsorships alone.

On the field, however, the Cowboys have struggled for the better part of 20 years and have not been to the Superbowl since 1995.

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