Some sports teams are more successful than others in their respective sports. On the other hand, some are more valuable than their counterparts.
Take a look at the most valuable sports teams in the world:
Dallas Cowboys $5B
The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable sports team for 2019. Valued at $5B, the Cowboys are the first NFL franchise to be valued at $5B. They have been the most valuable NFL team for the last 12 years and were the first sports team to be valued at $4B in 2015. When it comes to success, the Cowboys have made 8 Super Bowl appearances and have won five of those. They are the only NFL team to record 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1966-1985.
New York Yankees $4.6B
The New York Yankees are the most successful professional sports team in the United States with an MLB record of 27 World Series titles and 40 pennants. They have won more titles than any North American sports team and have seen 44 players and 11 managers get inducted to the MLB Hall of Fame. They are known to attract talent with a huge payroll spending but that has led to World Series titles and to financial success as they are the second most valuable sports team in the world.
Real Madrid $4.24B
Real Madrid is one of the most popular football teams in the world. They are the highest-earning football team in the world with an estimated €750.9 million revenue in 2018. They are one of the founding members of the Premier League and they have never relegated from the top division since 1929. They play their home games at the Santiago de Bernabeu Stadium, one of the most popular stadiums in the world.
FC Barcelona $4.02B
FC Barcelona is the second highest-earning football team behind Real Madrid at €690.4 million. Like Real Madrid, they are one of the most supported football teams in the world and have one of the biggest social media followings of any sports club. They are also one of the founding members of the Primera Division and have never been relegated since 1929 along with Real Madrid and Atletico Bilbao. The current team has won 14 trophies in four years under Pep Guardiola and is considered one of the best ever.
New York Knicks $4B
The New York Knicks play in what is called the Mecca of Hoops- the Madison Square Garden. They are one of two teams from New York with the other being the Brooklyn Nets. The Knicks were among the founding members of the BAA or the Basketball Association of America which was one of the leagues that merged to form the current NBA. The Knicks won their only two NBA championships in 1970 and 1973 under the legendary coach Red Holzman. The Knicks have not made the NBA playoffs since 2013 but that hasn’t affected their valuation at all.
Manchester United $3.81B
Manchester United was the highest-earning football club in 2017 at €676.3 million and they were the most valuable football team in 2018 before being overtaken by Real Madrid and Barcelona this year. The club was purchased by Malcolm Glazer on May 2005 at a value of almost £800 million. The team went public in 2012 by making an initial public offering at the NY Stock Exchange. They have won more trophies than any team in English football history including a record 20 league titles.
New England Patriots $3.8B
The NFL’s most successful team since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000. The Patriots have 18 straight winning seasons since 2001, winning the conference title in 16 of those years. The tandem od Belichick and Brady have given the team nine Super Bowl appearances and six Super Bowl titles. They won a record 126 wins during a 10-year period and had a 16-game unbeaten season in 2007, also a record. And yes, they are the current NFL Champions.
Los Angeles Lakers $3.7B
The Los Angeles Lakers are the second-winningest franchise in NBA history with a total of 16 NBA titles. They gained prominence during the 80s when they were led by Magic Johnson and dubbed as Showtime. That era yielded five NBA titles. The Lakers emerged in 2000 behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, winning three straight NBA titles from 2000-02. After O’Neal left, the Lakers won two more titles under Bryant in 2009 and 2010. The team is now led by another superstar in LeBron James.
Golden State Warriors $3.5B
The Golden State Warriors emerged in 2015 behind the Splash Brothers duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. They set the record for most wins during the regular season with 73 wins. Curry also won his second MVP that year but the Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant would sign with the team in 2017 and that would lead to back to back titles in 2017 and 2018. The Warriors suffered a series of injuries in 2019 and they were dethroned by the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals.
New York Giants $3.3B and Los Angeles Dodgers $3.3B
The New York Giants rank third among NBA teams with 8 NFL titles and they have seen 28 players inducted in the Hall of Fame. They share the MetLife Arena with the New York Jets. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the most popular MLB teams and the second most valuable MLB team. They have won a total of six World Series titles and 23 NL Pennants.