Man United, the most valuable sports team

Updated: 15 July 2011 17:18 IST

Manchester United may have lost the Champions League to Barcelona, but the English champions have emerged as the world's most valuable sports team in Forbes magazine's annual top 50 list.

Man United, the most valuable sports team
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New Delhi:

Manchester United may have lost the Champions League to Barcelona, but the English champions have emerged as the world's most valuable sports team in Forbes magazine's annual top 50 list.

United, who kicked off their pre-season tour with a 4-1 victory over New England Revolution in an exhibition match on Wednesday, topped the list after being valued at £1.65 billion.

Whereas, Barcelona - touted as arguably the best club side ever - came only 26th in the ranking with their debts overpowering their on-field success.

United had recently signed sponsorship deals with Aon and Nike worth around £380 million.

Seven other football teams made their presence in the list, but only Real Madrid (5th) and Arsenal (7th) managed to make it to the top ten.

United's main English rivals Chelsea were way behind on 46th, while German giants Bayern Munich (19th), AC Milan (34th) and Juventus (49th) were the other football teams on the list.

The Forbes Top Ten:

1. Manchester United £1.65bn
2. Dallas Cowboys £1.13bn
3. New York Yankees £1.06bn
4. Washington Redskins £960m
5. Real Madrid £900m
6. New England Patriots £850m
7. Arsenal £740m
8. New York Giants £734m
9. Houston Texans £727m
10. New York Jets £708m

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