The latest Forbes ranking has the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys as the most valuable sports team in the world for the second year in a row with $4.2 billion. In fact, the NFL is the most profitable league on the planet. The average team enjoys an operating profit of $91 million, while no franchise earned less than $26 million.
Despite underperforming since the departure of manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, Manchester United remains a financial powerhouse, claiming third place in the ranking and the most valuable soccer team at $3.69 billion.
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Over the past few years, soccer has enjoyed an increasing amount of success in the United States. The arrival of successful foreign players including David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Frank Lampard, Kaka, Pirlo David Villa has helped soccer boost its profile in the country.
Average MLS attendance reached 21,546 in 2015(1) and there are plans to expand the league with the addition of new teams.
Despite the league’s recent success, however, MLS clubs still trail Europe’s heavyweights in value. The Seattle Sounders is America’s top club, valued at $175 million. By contrast, Europe’s (and indeed the world’s) wealthiest club, Real Madrid, is valued at $3.3 billion.
LA Galaxy is worth $170 million. By contrast, the Englishman’s former club, Manchester United is valued at over $3.65 billion.