Food for thought, have you ever imagined just how powerful sports is? We all know about larger than life like superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo or Michael Jordan but still, on a scale of one to ten, just how much is the power of sports?
The answer is sports hold the astonishing power to make people forget their rivalries and play together which is exactly what happened on Christmas day in 1914 when French, German and English soldiers, during World War I requested for an unofficial ceasefire to play football on the battlefront.
Fast forward 103 years and now we have multi billion dollar organizations having superstars signing contracts over $200 million (*cough* Steph Curry) and never ending stream of revenue. Sports is truly a global entity but have you ever wondered which are the most valuable sports teams in the world? We at WittyFeed aim to solve all your worries as we proudly bring to you the list of top 15 sporting franchises based on value.
So let's begin, shall we?
The record German champions occupy the 15th position on our list. With 27 Bundesliga titles, and five Champions League crowns, Bayern are valued at $2.71 billion and is the first football team on our list.
Spoiler alert, not the only MLB and not even the only team from Los Angles on our list, Dodgers occupy the joint 13th position on our list, valued at $2.75 billion.
Once again, not the only NFL team on the list, not even the only team from New York, New York Jets are joint 13th on our list, valued at $2.75 billion.
The second of many teams from LA, The Rams occupy the 12th position on our list having a valuation of $2.9 billion but guess what? That still isn't the highest valuation of a franchise based out of LA.
If one needs to gauge the popularity of NFL, just count the number of NFL teams appearing on this list. On the 11th position, the Washington Redskins, valued at $2.95 billion are rocking the NFL flag.
So here comes the count down, the first team on our list passing the $3 billion valuation, the second most valuable NBA franchise and the most valuable team based out of LA, the Lakers occupy the joint 9th position on our list.
Hello NFL our old friend. The San Francisco 49ers occupy the joint 9th slot on our list along with LA Lakers and are part of the rapidly growing sports fraternities out of California (*Cough* Golden State Warriors).
Seems like there's no end to the teams from the big apple. New York Giants are the next one on our list. With a valuation of $3.1 billion. The Giants occupy the eight spot on our list.
Another NBA team on our list, and not only that, the most valuable NBA franchise on our list is surprise surprise, perhaps the most mismanaged NBA franchise which is the New York Knicks.
The team with the most historic Superbowl comeback occupies the sixth spot on our list. The New England Patriots with a valuation of $3.4 billion are second most valuable NFL franchise on our list.
- Football finally makes a comeback on our list with Real Madrid. Spearheaded by the man in football, Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid are the third most valuable football team on our list. Yes, there are teams which surpass Real's valuation of $3.58 billion, one of which is their greatest rival.
You thought the rivalry was limited to Messi vs Ronaldo? Think again. These two are such fierce rivals that not only they compete on the pitch, their off the pitch competition is as fierce as it gets. Here Barcelona got the better of Real Madrid as they are valued at $3.64 billion compared to Real's $3.58 billion.
With a valuation of $3.69 billion, Manchester United ranks as the most valuable football franchise in the world. With a 70,000+ stadium and a plethora of companies wanting to be affiliates, they are truly the biggest club in world Football.
Only the second MLB team on our list and we have a huge one in the form on New York Yankees. No, it's not because of their iconic hat or the crest, it's due to the fact they are the biggest and most popular team in MLB, boasting a net worth of $3.7 billion.
With the majority of list occupied by NFL teams, it's no surprise that THE team in NFL makes it as the most valuable franchise in sports. The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable sporting franchise in the world and with a valuation of $4.2 billion they are the undisputed kings.
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