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Real Madrid 'most valuable team'

Champions League winners retain top spot, according to Forbes magazine, after being valued at $3.44bn.

Last updated: 17 Jul 2014 10:52
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This is the second year in a row that Real Madrid have made it to the top of the list [GALLO/GETTY]

Spanish football club Real Madrid retained their title as the world's most valuable sports franchise, according to a poll released by Forbes that was again dominated by National Football League teams.

Forbes' top-10
  Team Value
1 Real Madrid  $3.44b 
2 Barcelona $3.20b
3 Manchester United  $2.81b
4 NY Yankees $2.50b
5 Dallas Cowboys $2.30b
6 LA Dodgers $2.00b
7 Bayern Munich $1.85b
8 New England Patriots  $1.80b
9 Washington Redskins  $1.70b
10 NY Giants $1.55b

Football clubs held the top three positions with the European champions valued at $3.44 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.

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

Rounding out the top 10 were MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers ($2 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 percent of this year's list.

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

Four NBA franchises made the Forbes list with the New York Knicks coming in 13th with a value of $1.4 billion while the Toronto Maple Leafs were the only National Hockey League team to make the cut at number 26 with a value of $1.15 billion.

Ferrari are the only Formula One team on the list coming in 21st with a worth of $1.2 billion while McLaren, Oakland Raiders (NFL) and New York Mets (MLB) dropped from the top 50 this year.

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