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20 Most Valuable Sports Teams in the World

Throughout the pandemic, the phrase “the rich get richer” took on a deeper meaning. Tech leaders weren’t alone, and owners of teams sports saw their values rise significantly. According to Forbes, the average value of the world’s top sports teams jumped 9.9% in 2021 to $3.4 billion.

Here are the top 20:

1. Dallas Cowboys (NFL)

• Value: $5.7 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 43%

• Owner: Jerry Jones

• Year Purchased: 1989

• Price Paid: $150 million

2. New York Yankees (MLB)

• Value: $5.25 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 54%

• Owner: Steinbrenner family

• Year Purchased: 1973

• Price Paid: $8.8 million

3. New York Knicks (NBA)

• Value: $5 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 67%

• Owner: Madison Square Garden Sports

• Year Purchased: 1997

• Price Paid: $300 million

4. Barcelona (Soccer)

• Value: $4.76 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 34%

• Owner: club members

• Year Purchased: not applicable

• Price Paid: not applicable

5. Real Madrid (Soccer)

• Value: $4.75 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 30%

• Owner: club members

• Year Purchased: not applicable

• Price Paid: not applicable

6. Golden State Warriors (NBA)

• Value: $4.7 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 147%

• Owner: Joe Lacob, Peter Gruber

• Year Purchased: 2010

• Price Paid: $450 million

7. Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

• Value: $4.6 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 70%

• Owner: Jerry Buss Family Trusts, Philip Anschutz

• Year Purchased: 1979, 1998

• Price Paid: $20 million, $268 million

8. New England Patriots (NFL)

• Value: $4.4 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 38%

• Owner: Robert Kraft

• Year Purchased: 1994

• Price Paid: $172 million

9. New York Giants (NFL)

• Value: $4.3 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 54%

• Owner: John Mara, Steven Tisch

• Year Purchased: 1925, 1991

• Price Paid: $500, $150 million

10. Bayern Munich (Soccer)

• Value: $4.21 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 57%

• Owner: club members

• Year Purchased: not applicable

• Price Paid: not applicable

11. Manchester United (Soccer)

• Value: $4.2 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 27%

• Owner: Glazer family

• Year Purchased: 2005

• Price Paid: $1.4 billion

12. Liverpool (Soccer)

• Value: $4.1 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 165%

• Owner: John Henry, Tom Werner

• Year Purchased: 2010

• Price Paid: $476 million

13 (tie). Los Angeles Rams (NFL)

• Value: $4 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 176%

• Owner: Stanley Kroenke

• Year Purchased: 2010

• Price Paid: $750 million

13 (tie). Manchester City (Soccer)

• Value: $4 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 108%

• Owner: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

• Year Purchased: 2008

• Price Paid: $385 million

15. San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

• Value: $3.8 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 41%

• Owner: Denise DeBartolo York, John York

• Year Purchased: 1977

• Price Paid: $13 million

16. Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)

• Value: $3.57 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 43%

• Owner: Guggenheim Baseball Management

• Year Purchased: 2012

• Price Paid: $2 billion

17. New York Jets (NFL)

• Value: $3.55 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 37%

• Owner: Johnson family

• Year Purchased: 2000

• Price Paid: $635 million

18. Chicago Bears (NFL)

• Value: $3.53 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 44%

• Owner: McCaskey family

• Year Purchased: 1920

• Price Paid: $100

19. Washington Football Team (NFL)

• Value: $3.5 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 23%

• Owner: Daniel Snyder

• Year Purchased: 1999

• Price Paid: $750 million

20. Boston Red Sox (MLB)

• Value: $3.47 billion

• Five-Year Change In Value: 51%

• Owner: John Henry, Tom Werner

• Year Purchased: 2002

• Price Paid: $380 million

You can read Forbes’ full list, which goes to 50, but here are some thoughts on the top 20:

It’s eye-opening to see the prices paid and what the teams are worth now. $150 million for the Dallas Cowboys in 1989. It’s 2021 and the team is now worth $5.7 billion. That’s an ROI the rich guys dream of.

I expected to see the Cowboys at No. 1, but I didn’t expect to see the Yankees and Knicks, teams 2 and 3, in the same $5 billion category. Granted, there is a difference between $5.7 billion (Cowboys) and $5 billion (Knicks).

It’s rather surprising to see the Warriors ahead of the Lakers, no? Did you expect that?

Nevertheless, owning a sports team is a good life, if you can find a way to have it.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers any news story that deserves attention but focuses on media. His interests include reading Stephen King novels, avoiding traffic on the road, and pretending to solve true-crime mysteries. He still believes Cersei should've won and encourages everyone to always question the news.

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