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Manchester United Is Now The Most Valuable Sports Team In The World

OldTrafford 600x399 Manchester United Is Now The Most Valuable Sports Team In The World

After the news of Manchester United’s history-making kit deal with the German sportswear maker adidas, shares of Manchester United surged almost 5% yesterday on the NYSE market, according to a report by Forbes.

Wall Street now affords Manchester United an enterprise value of $3.6 billion (£2.1b). In April, the Exchange valued Real Madrid as the most valuable team in the world, worth $3.3 billion (£1.9b), with United trailing the Spanish club in second place at $3.17 billion (£1.84b).

This new development means that Wall Street now values Manchester United as the most valuable sports team in the world.

The likelihood of Real Madrid being able to catch Manchester United, in regards to how Wall Street identifies their valuations, is remote.

La Liga is negotiating their next television deal collectively. In previous times, Real Madrid and Barcelona benefitted from the Spanish league allowing individual teams to sell their media rights. But that will no longer be the case after this season.

Real Madrid is also tied to its shirt sponsorship deal with Emirate Airlines through the 2017-18 season and with Adidas through 2020. So the chances of them overtaking Manchester United remain remote.

To put the numbers in perspective, the next highest valued teams in sports are Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees ($2.5 billion) and the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys ($2.3 billion). But those numbers may increase since American businessman Steve Ballmer’s offer to buy the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

After the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League and finishing seventh place on the Premier League table last season, the news coming from Old Trafford in recent times indicated that Manchester United aren’t wasting time licking their wounds.

The record breaking kit deal with Adidas was preceded by the announcement of two transfer signings: Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao and Luke Shaw from Southampton; as well as the hiring of former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, Louis Van Gaal.

The Dutch manager has a Champions League title on his CV (Ajax) and just finished directing Netherlands to a third place finish in this year’s World Cup.

Although Manchester United will be missing from European football for the first time since the 1995-96 season, the club’s continued domination of the global market is showing that the decision makers at Old Trafford are making every attempt to ensure that United’s absence from that competition will be a brief one.

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About Peter Quinn

Although a college basketball coach for sixteen years on the NCAA Division I and II levels, Peter has been an avid football fan for more than half his life. He considers himself a student of coaching and team management. As well as coaching, Peter has spent time working in Sports Information at various colleges and universities. His articles on European football have been picked up by International Business Times UK and USA Today. Twitter: @CoachPeteQuinn
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5 Responses to Manchester United Is Now The Most Valuable Sports Team In The World

  1. Prinz says:

    Well i thought they said United was done, what’s happening.

  2. Smokey Bacon says:

    On Van Gaals Facebook page, they were quick to point out that United’s shirt deal is worth more than Liverpool FC. Seems like the new manager is getting an early start on knocking them off their perch!

  3. Mufc77 says:

    Wow I’m glad we managed to survive that rough 24hr period that had us in Decline.

  4. Flyvanescence says:

    Is this gonna be the rags’ version of the Arsenal fans’ crowing about making a profit? (For what it’s worth Man City will be turning a profit in 3 years or less.)

    • Jake says:

      I don’t think anyone needs to tell you that United will spend the money they make unlike Arsenal.
      The difference between this and Arsenal is night and day. We’ve signed a record Kit Deal and shirt sponsor ship blowing everything else out the water.
      To put things in perspective we get more than double what any other club gets in a shirt deal including Real Madrid.
      All this stuff is just confirming that United are the dominant force in England regardless of what others think.

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