La Liga giants Barcelona are the fourth most valuable sports team in the world, according to an annual list published by Forbes.

Last month, Barca overtook Spanish rivals Real Madrid to become the most valuable football club in the world with a valuation of $4.76 billion.

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The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys topped the list released on Friday and the average value of the world’s top 50 sports teams rose to $3.43 billion in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forbes said the average value of the world’s 50 most valuable teams on the list was up 11% from last year’s ranking.

This increase in a year in which the sporting calendar was disrupted due to the pandemic as many competitions took place in empty venues was attributed to ever-growing media rights deals, Forbes said. .

The Cowboys, who have topped the list since overthrowing Madrid in 2016, were valued at $5.7 billion, a 3.6% increase from last year.

The New York Yankees of Major League Baseball ($5.3 billion), the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association ($5 billion), and footballers from Barcelona ($4.76 billion) and Madrid ( $4.75 billion) round out the top five.

The list was made up of teams from four sports, with the NFL leading with 26, followed by basketball (9), football (9) and baseball (6).

Top 10 most valuable sports teams in the world according to Forbes:

1. Dallas Cowboys (NFL) $5.7 billion

2. New York Yankees (MLB) $5.25 billion

3. New York Knicks (NBA) $5 billion

4. Barcelona (soccer) $4.76 billion

5. Real Madrid (soccer) $4.75 billion

6. Golden State Warriors (NBA) $4.7 billion

7. Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) $4.6 billion

8. New England Patriots (NFL) $4.4 billion

9. New York Giants (NFL) $4.3 billion

10. Bayern Munich (soccer) $4.21 billion