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The World’s Most Valuable Sports Teams in 2024



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Charting the most valuable sports teams in 2024

The World’s Most Valuable Sports Teams in 2024

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Worth more than $5 billion, the world’s most valuable sports teams in 2024 can be found in baseball, basketball, and soccer leagues, but American football’s NFL reigns supreme.

This chart highlights the 15 sports teams with the highest value in the world, according to Forbes data published late last year.

Ranked: Top 15 Sports Teams by Value

The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable team in the world with a $9.0 billion valuation.

The team was purchased in 1989 for $150M by Jerry Jones. Its growth in value was slower at first, but over the past five years, the Cowboys’ valuation appreciated by 80%.

Here are the 15 most valuable sports teams around the world:

TeamLeagueValue ($B)
Dallas Cowboys๐Ÿˆ NFL9.0
New York Yankeesโšพ MLB7.1
Golden State Warriors๐Ÿ€ NBA7.0
New England Patriots๐Ÿˆ NFL7.0
Los Angeles Rams๐Ÿˆ NFL6.9
New York Giants๐Ÿˆ NFL6.8
Chicago Bears๐Ÿˆ NFL6.3
Las Vegas Raiders๐Ÿˆ NFL6.2
New York Knicks๐Ÿ€ NBA6.1
New York Jets๐Ÿˆ NFL6.1
Real Madridโšฝ Spanish La Liga6.1
Washington Commanders๐Ÿˆ NFL6.1
Manchester Unitedโšฝ English Premier League6.0
San Francisco 49ers๐Ÿˆ NFL6.0
Los Angeles Lakers๐Ÿ€ NBA5.9

Other NFL teams including the New England Patriots at $7.0 billion and the Los Angeles Rams at $6.9 billion are amongst the world’s top five most valuable sports teams.

Indeed, NFL teams account for nine out of the top 15 most valuable sports teams today.

The MLB’s New York Yankees are the second-most valuable sports team with a valuation of $7.1 billion, but is the only representative from Major League Baseball on the ranking. Meanwhile, the NBA has three teams in the top 15, with the Golden State Warriors ranking the highest with a $7.0 billion valuation.

Only two teams from outside of America feature in the top 15 sports teams by value, and both are internationally-renowned soccer teams: Real Madrid of Spain’s La Liga at $6.1 billion, and Manchester United of England’s Premier League at $6.0 billion.

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The Highest Earning Athletes in Seven Professional Sports

We illustrate how much the highest earning athletes across seven different sports make, and where they get their money from.



A cropped chart with the top earning athletes in seven sports, by their off-field and on-field earnings.

The Highest Earning Athletes in Seven Professional Sports

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on Apple or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

How much money do the world’s biggest athletes really make? And how do they compare across different sports?

We visualized the highest earning athletes in various professional sports, according to calculations from Forbes. Earnings reported here cover the period of May 2022 to May 2023. Earnings includes on-field (salary, bonuses, prize money) and off-field (endorsements, licensing, etc).

Forbesโ€™ research included talking to industry insiders, following news reports, and parsing salary databases. Please see their methodology page for further details.

Who is the Highest Paid Athlete in the World?

Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest-paid athlete in the world, making an estimated $136 million between May 2022 and May 2023. His move to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr set a record for the biggest contract in the sport at the time.

Hereโ€™s how he compared to the top earners in some other sports.

AthleteSportTotal Earnings
(May 2022โ€“23)
Cristiano Ronaldoโšฝ Soccer$136M
LeBron James๐Ÿ€ Basketball$120M
Canelo Alvarez๐ŸฅŠ Boxing$110M
Dustin Johnsonโ›ณ Golf$107M
Roger Federer๐ŸŽพ Tennis$95M
Russell Wilson๐Ÿˆ American Football$85M
Lewis Hamilton๐ŸŽ๏ธ Formula 1$65M

Note: Figures are rounded.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James made the most money in basketball (just under $120 million), which is almost twice as much as Formula 1โ€™s top earner, Lewis Hamilton, who took home about $65 million in 2022โ€“23.

Something else to note is how off-court earnings can contribute significantly to total income for some athletes.

AthleteSportOn-Field EarningsOff-Field Earnings
Cristiano Ronaldoโšฝ Soccer$46M$90M
LeBron James๐Ÿ€ Basketball$45M$75M
Canelo Alvarez๐ŸฅŠ Boxing$100M$10M
Dustin Johnsonโ›ณ Golf$102M$5M
Roger Federer๐ŸŽพ Tennis$0.1M$95M
Russell Wilson๐Ÿˆ American Football$72M$13M
Lewis Hamilton๐ŸŽ๏ธ Formula 1$55M$10M

Note: Figures are rounded.

This is most apparent with Roger Federer, who retired in 2022, after playing his last Laver Cup. However, his massive deals with Uniqlo, Rolex, and Mercedes, as well as his stake in running company On, still keeps him towards the top of the these lists.

Together with Ronaldo and James, these three athletes are widely considered the face of their sport, undoubtedly helping them secure lucrative endorsements and business deals.

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