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Manchester United valued above $3bn

United valued above $3bn
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Manchester United are the world's first sports team to be valued at over $3bn after a recent surge in their share price.

Manchester United have become the first sports team to be valued at over $3bn, according to Forbes Magazine.

After initially struggling on the New York Stock Exchange, a recent surge in share purchase has seen United's value rise to $3.3bn.

That puts United comfortably ahead of second-placed Dallas Cowboys, who are valued at $2.1bn.

Forbes say that the increase is due to brighter prospects from commercial sponsorship deals and insist that the value could rise further if United continue to do well in the Premier League and Champions League.

The Glazer family retained the majority of shares after floating the club publicly last year.

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