Forbes nominates the two most expensive sports clubs of Russian billionaires
Two teams belonging to Russian billionaires - Roman Abramovich's FC Chelsea and Brooklyn Nets of Mikhail Prokhorov - got into the rating of the publication.
Forbes has published a list of the most expensive sports clubs in the world. The American football team Dallas Cowboys gets the lead. The cost of the team, owned by businessman Jerry Jones, is estimated at $5 billion.
Two sports clubs belonging to Russian billionaires were included in the Forbes rating. Roman Abramovich's Chelsea football club is estimated at $2.58 billion and occupies the 32nd place, and Brooklyn Nets, co-owned by Mikhail Prokhorov, is estimated at $2.35 billion and comes 37th.
The second most expensive sports club in the world is the baseball team New York Yankees, which Forbes valued at $4.6 billion. Real Madrid is the best football club in the ranking - the Spanish team wins third place with a value of $4.24 billion.
The top ten most expensive sports teams in the world also included FC Barcelona ($4 billion), New York Knicks ($4 billion, NBA), Manchester United ($3.81 billion, football), New England Patriots ($3.8 billion, NFL), Los Angeles Lakers ($3.7 billion, NBA), Golden State Warriors ($3.5 billion, NBA) and New York Giants ($3.3 billion, NFL).
Last football season, Chelsea won bronze medals at the English Championship, and also won the Europa League. In June, head coach Maurizio Sarri left the post and was replaced by former midfielder Frank Lampard. In May, The Times reported that he spent more than £90 million on compensation to sacked coaches in 2003, when Abramovich acquired the London club.
In August last year, the media reported that Abramovich was going to sell Chelsea. The intention was associated with the refusal of the British authorities to extend the billionaire’s business visa. Two months earlier, Abramovich refused to sell the club to the most prosperous British businessman James Ratcliffe for £2 billion. In May 2018, Chelsea announced that it was freezing a project to build a new £500 million arena, which was planned to open in 2022.
Prokhorov has been the owner of the Nets team since 2010. The team changed registration, moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn. In April last year, Prokhorov sold 49% of the club’s shares to Alibaba’s co-founder, Joseph Tsay, for $1.13 billion, retaining the status of the principal owner with a 51% stake.