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Madrid steals Manchester Utd's spot at top of Forbes list

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid is put under pressure by Jonny Evans and Phil Jones of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester United at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 13, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid is put under pressure by Jonny Evans and Phil Jones of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester United at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 13, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images

REAL Madrid has scored a big win over Manchester United - when it comes being rated the most valuable football team on the planet.

The Spanish giants have knocked the Red Devils off the top of the annual list compiled by business analysts, Forbes.

United had held top spot since Forbes started the list in 2004.

Real is valued at $US3.3 billion, up 76% from last year's estimate of $US1.88 billion, while United comes in at $US3.17 billion.

Barcelona ($US2.6 billion) is third, Arsenal ($US1.33 billion) fourth, and Bayern Munich ($US1.31 billion) fifth.

Topics:  business football forbes magazine manchester united real madrid


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