Forbes released its annual list of The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams on Monday, July 22 with European giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona leading the pack amongst football’s richest.
Real Madrid ranks third at $4.2 billion and highest among the eight football clubs in the top 50.
The La Liga club was the last sports team deemed the world’s most valuable before the Cowboys secured the title starting in 2016.
Real banked more than $100 million for winning its second-straight Champions League crown in 2018.
Real is owned by its more than 90,000 members, who elect a club president.
It’s a similar structure at rival Barcelona, which ranks fourth overall with a value of $4.02 billion.
Barcelona, which lost $37 million due to excessive player costs, was the only top-50 team to post a loss on an operating basis, and every other team turned a profit of at least $25 million.
The top football clubs within the richest 50 sports outfits and their respective values are:
- Real Madrid ($4.24 billion)
- Barcelona ($4.02 billion)
- Manchester United ($3.81 billion)
- Bayern Munich ($3.02 billion)
- Manchester City ($2.69 billion)
- Chelsea ($2.58 billion)
- Arsenal ($2.27 billion)
- Liverpool ($2.18 billion)