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Manchester United named in Forbes’ top 10 most-valuable sports clubs

Manchester United have been named in Forbes’ top 10 most-valuable sports clubs on the planet.

The Red Devils sit 10th in the financial publication’s rankings, and are the third-highest club in their sport behind La Liga’s FC Barcelona (8) and Real Madrid (6).

The coronavirus pandemic has affected sporting finance worldwide, with many organisations suffering on home soil.

Meanwhile, the same fate has occurred across the pond to American football, baseball and basketball teams, who dominate the list.

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The Glazer Family’s enterprise is currently valued at $3.81 billion, an increase on the $1.4 billion that the much-maligned group paid to take over the boardroom reigns at Old Trafford in 2005.

German giants Bayern Munich are the next highest soccer brand, sitting in 24th, ahead of well second-best Premier League outfit and Mancunian rivals Manchester City (34).

United were ranked at 6th for 2019, but like many football clubs, have dropped down a few places in 2020.

The Glazer’s other sporting business, NFL side Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are tied in 49th spot, valued at $2.2 billion after their 1995 acquisition cost the US family just $192 million.

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