For the first time since Forbes began tracking the value of football clubs in 2004, Manchester United are not the world's most valuable team. Coincidentally, that title has gone to the club that controversially knocked them out of the Champions League this season — Real Madrid. And though there are a slew of economic factors that contribute to Real Madrid's rise, Jose Mourinho will surely consider the fact that this development occurred during his time with the club as yet another great achievement for the man he calls The Special/Only One (himself).
It is not that the Red Devils have faltered. It is just that Los Merengues are simply bigger, more profitable and growing faster than Manchester United.
Real Madrid, which posted revenue of $650 million during the 2011-12 season, is worth $3.3 billion, more than any team in the world. Los Merengues generated operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and player trading) of $134 million, more than any soccer team and second only to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys ($227 million) among all sports teams. [...]
Real Madrid ($3.3 bil.), Manchester United ($3.17 bil), and Barcelona ($2.6 bil.), now command the top three spots among all teams in the world, followed by the New York Yankees ($2.30 bil.) and Dallas Cowboys $($2.1 bil.).
So there you have it. Though Barcelona are sure to win La Liga this season, Real Madrid have already won as a business — an honor Sergio Ramos cannot drop under a bus. Madridistas will now party in the streets since estimated monetary value of teams is what people love most about sports.