Forbes: Real Madrid is world’s most valuable sports team
Three soccer franchises top Forbes Magazine’s annual list of the world’s most valuable sports teams.
Real Madrid is worth $3.3 billion, surpassing former No. 1 Manchester United, which topped the list last year. Man United is second with a value of $3.165 billion and Barcelona, with a value of $2.6 billion, comes in third.
The New York Yankees ($2.3 billion) are baseball’s highest value team and the Dallas Cowboys, at a value of $2.1 billion, were the top-ranked NFL team on the list for the sixth straight year.
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Real Madrid can add one more trophy to its case: It is now the world’s most valuable sports franchise, worth $3.3 billion, surpassing former No. 1 Manchester United. Los Blancos have the highest revenues of any team in sports ($650 million during the 2011-12 season), and revenues are up 62% over the last three years. Madrid’s operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and player trading) of $134 million is second only to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys among sports teams.