Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League Group B soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
DURBAN - FC Barcelona is the first team ever to surpass $1 billion in revenue according to Forbes. 

The Spanish team has earned $1,05 billion in revenue for the 2017-2018 fiscal year and had an operating income of $204 million. Barcelona had a net profit of $15 million. 

For the 2018-2019 season, Barcelona has a budgeted revenue of $1,05 billion and an operating income of $220 million.

Manchester United, the world's most valuable soccer team according to Forbes, had a recorded revenue of $794 million and an operating income of $238 million in the fiscal year ending June 2018. However, the English team had a net loss of $50 million. 

In comparison to their Spanish rival Real Madrid, Barcelona is bigger and more profitable. The Madrid based club for the 2017-2018 fiscal year had a revenue of $892 million and had an operating income of $175 million. 

Here is a look at the five biggest sports teams in the world by revenue:

1. Barcelona
Revenue: $1,05 billion
Value: $4,06 billion

FC Barcelona. Photo: Facebook
2. Real Madrid
Revenue: $892 million
Value: $4,09 billion

Real Madrid. Photo: Facebook
3. Dallas Cowboys
Revenue: $864 million
Value: $4,8 billion

Dallas Cowboys. Photo: Facebook

4. Manchester United
Revenue: $794 million
Value: $4,12 billion

Manchester United. Photo: Facebook
5. Manchester City
Revenue: $674 million
Value: $2,47 billion

Manchester City. Photo: Facebook

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