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Real Madrid dethrone United to become Most Valuable Team

Last updated on: April 18, 2013 10:37 IST

Real Madrid dethrone United to become Most Valuable Team

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Nine-time European champion Real Madrid have ended Manchester United's run as the world's most valuable soccer team, according to an annual survey released by Forbes on Wednesday.

The value of Real, a Spanish club owned by its thousands of members, surged 76 percent to $3.3 billion from a year ago, Forbes said in a statement. (www.forbes.com/soccer)

Image: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a goal with his Real Madrid team-mates
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United rose 42 percent

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United, who have won the English title a record 19 times and are controlled by the American Glazer family, rose 42 percent to $3.2 billion but dropped to second on the list for the first time since Forbes began tracking soccer finances in 2004.

Image: Manchester United players
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Barca's value doubled over the past year

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Real's Spanish rivals Barcelona, England's Arsenal and German side Bayern Munich rounded out the top five.

Barca's value doubled over the past year, the biggest increase of any top 20 team, to $2.6 billion. Barcelona's revenue have increased 19% over the past three seasons, to $613 million in 2011-12.

Image: Barcelona's Lionel Messi
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Yankees, Cowboys round off top five among all teams

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The top 20 soccer teams are worth an average of $968 million, an increase of 26 percent over last year, Forbes said.

Real Madrid ($3.3 bil.), Manchester United ($3.17 bil), and Barcelona ($2.6 bil.), now command the top three spots among all teams in the world, followed by the New York Yankees ($2.30 bil.) and Dallas Cowboys ($2.1 bil.).

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