Man Utd world's first team to top $3 bln in value: Forbes

Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:31am IST

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (C) is congratulated by team mates after scoring during their FA Cup fourth round soccer match against Fulham at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (C) is congratulated by team mates after scoring during their FA Cup fourth round soccer match against Fulham at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, January 26, 2013.

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REUTERS - English Premier League soccer club Manchester United are the world's first professional sports team to be valued at more than $3 billion, according to Forbes Magazine.

A recent surge in the club's shares after a poor start when they were offered on the New York Stock Exchange last year has boosted Manchester United's value to $3.3 billion, a report on Forbes's website (www.forbes.com/)said on Monday.

The increase has United, English champions a record 19 times, comfortably ahead of the world's second-most valuable sports team, the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys, worth $2.1 billion.

Forbes put the surge in United shares down to brighter earnings prospects from new sponsorship deals and said the demand could continue given the team's potential for lucrative payouts in the EPL and Champions League.

United, who claim to have 659 million followers worldwide, are owned by the American Glazer family who retained a tight grip on the club after the flotation on the New York Stock Exchange.

United shares closed 41 cents lower at $16.48 in New York on Monday.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ian Ransom)

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