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Revealed: world's 20 most valuable football teams

Real Madrid topple Manchester United at the top while Abu Dhabi's Man City are placed ninth

Revealed: world's 20 most valuable football teams
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF holds up the La Liga trophy as he celebrates winning the La Liga title with team-mates after the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Getty Images)

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.

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Richard Musa 6 years ago

Football investment is indeed penny wise and dollar rich, aside being the world's most unifying agent