Real Madrid has a history of winning titles and trophies, but they can now add a new title to their resume: world’s most valuable sports team.
The franchise, which has never been shy in acquiring the world’s top players — Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo to name a few — surpassed Manchester United after years of looking up at the Red Devils on the list.
[Real Madrid] is now the world’s most valuable sports franchise, worth $3.3 billion, surpassing former No. 1 Manchester United. Los Blancos have the highest revenues of any team in sports ($650 million during the 2011-12 season), and revenues are up 62% over the last three years. Madrid’s operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and player trading) of $134 million is second only to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys among sports teams.