Real Madrid topple Manchester United at the top while Abu Dhabi's Man City are placed ninth
Nine-time European champions Real Madrid have ended Manchester United's run as the world's most valuable soccer team, according to an annual survey released by Forbes.
The value of Real, a Spanish club owned by its thousands of members, surged 76 percent to $3.3bn from a year ago.
United, who have won the English title a record 19 times and are controlled by the American Glazer family, rose 42 percent to $3.2bn but dropped to second on the list for the first time since Forbes began tracking soccer finances in 2004.
Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City were placed in ninth position in the world list with a current value of $689m, according to Forbes.
Real's Spanish rivals Barcelona ($2.6bn), England's Arsenal ($1.33bn) and German side Bayern Munich ($1.31bn) rounded out the top five.
The top 20 soccer teams are worth an average of $968m, an increase of 26 percent over last year, Forbes said.
Football investment is indeed penny wise and dollar rich, aside being the world's most unifying agent