Real Madrid still world’s most valuable team – Forbes

2014-07-17 09:47

Spanish soccer club Real Madrid retained their title as the world’s most valuable sports franchise, according to a poll released by business news and financial information provider Forbes.

Soccer clubs held the top three positions.

The European champions were valued at $3.44 billion (about R36.73 billion), topping the list for the second consecutive year.

They were followed by La Liga rivals Barcelona at $3.2 billion and Premier League club Manchester United at number three at $2.81 billion, Forbes said in a statement yesterday.

Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees occupy the number four spot valued at $2.5 billion, while the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys are worth $2.3 billion.

Rounding out the top 10 were MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.0 billion), soccer’s Bayern Munich ($1.85 billion), NFL’s New England Patriots ($1.8 billion), NFL’s Washington Redskins ($1.7 billion) and NFL’s New York Giants ($1.55 billion).

With 30 teams in the top 50 for the second consecutive year, the NFL occupies 60% of this year’s list.

The average value of the top 50 teams is $1.34 billion - an eight percent increase from last year.

Ferrari are the only Formula One team on the list, coming in 21st with a value of $1.2 billion.

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