Special Report

The Sports Teams Worth the Most Money

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15. San Francisco 49ers, NFL
> Value: $3.8 billion
> Owner(s): Denise DeBartolo York, John York
> Price paid: $13 million in 1977
> Change in value since last purchase: +$3.8 Billion
> Last title: Super Bowl Champion, 1994

San Francisco 49ers legendary quarterback Joe Montana led the team to three Super Bowl championships. But did you know he was a third-round pick in the 1979 NFL draft — proving that lower picks can go on to become superstars?

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14. Manchester City (England), Soccer
> Value: $4 billion (tied)
> Owner(s): Owner: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
> Price paid: $385 million in 2008
> Change in value since last purchase: +$3.6 Billion
> Last title: UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Winner, 1970

Manchester City F.C. shares the spotlight in the English city of Manchester with its chief rival, Manchester United, F.C. The two teams have played 178 matches, with United winning 73, City winning 53, and 52 ending in a tie.

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13. Los Angeles Rams, NFL
> Value: $4 billion (tied)
> Owner(s): Stanley Kroenke
> Price paid: $750 million in 2010
> Change in value since last purchase: +$3.3 Billion
> Last title: Super Bowl Champion, 1999

The Rams took a circuitous path to their present location in Los Angeles. The team actually started in Cleveland in 1936. The team moved to Los Angeles in 1946 and stayed there until relocating to St. Louis, Missouri in 1994, before moving back to Los Angeles in 2015.

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12. Liverpool (England), Soccer
> Value: $4.1 billion
> Owner(s): John Henry, Tom Werner
> Price paid: $476 million in 2010
> Change in value since last purchase: +$3.6 Billion
> Last title: UEFA Champions League Winner, 2019

Founded in 1892, Liverpool F.C. has successfully competed in England’s Premier League, winning 19 League championships, seven FA Cups, and a record eight League Cups. The team has a longstanding rivalry with Manchester United. Interestingly, the team is owned by the owners of the Boston Red Sox.

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11. Manchester United (England), Soccer
> Value: $4.2 billion
> Owner(s): Glazer family
> Price paid: $1.4 billion in 2005
> Change in value since last purchase: +$2.8 Billion
> Last title: UEFA Champions League Winner, 2008

Manchester United, F.C. traces its origins back to 1878. Despite the team’s success, it has experienced tragedy: In 1958, eight players were killed in a plane crash in Munich.