Manchester United have tumbled four places on Forbes’ list of the world’s most valuable sports teams, while arch-rivals Liverpool are up in value.
United, owned by the Glazers, are now sixth after sitting second last year with NFL side Dallas Cowboys retaining their place at the top of the pile for the fourth successive year with a value of $5billion.
Baseball side New York Yankees ($4.6b) are second with Real Madrid (third) and Barcelona (fourth) retaining their positions from 2018 and the Big Apple’s basketball side the New York Knicks ($4b) completing the top five.
Forbes calculate United’s revenue to be £590million, with an operating income of £177million with their value estimated at $3.8b – a fall of 8% from their 2018 value of $4.1bn.
United’s 2019 revenue is up to $795m from $737m, but the operating income is down to $238m from $254m.
Five other teams make the top 50 – Bayern Munich (17th), Manchester City (25th), Chelsea (32nd), Arsenal (42nd) and Liverpool (45th).
Liverpool have seen their value increase by 12% to £2.2bn with their revenue up to $613m from $462m and their operating income at $128m from $93m to see them eighth in the list of most valuable football teams.