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The World's 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams in 2014 listed by Forbes

Cristiano Rolando of Real Madrid, the most valuable sports team in the world in 2014

Forbes has released its list of “The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams” in 2014 on Wednesday. The publication takes look at teams from across the globe. It asserts that as expensive as prime United States sports properties have become, the U.S. teams cannot match the value and the global reach of the top European soccer clubs. In fact the top three teams on the list are all non-American. The teams in the top position are all soccer, as Americans call it, and non-American football as the rest of the world calls the sport.

Spain’s Real Madrid tops “The World’s 50 Most Valuable Teams” list. It earns that position by having a worth of $3.44 billion. It is Real Madrid’s second year in the top spot. Barcelona, another Spanish powerful soccer team follows closely behind at number two. The Barcelona team is valued at $3.2 billion. Finishing off the top three spots is Manchester United rounds with a value of $2.81 billion at this time.

To Real Madrid’s credit, it has ended up in the Champions League semifinals for four years straight. This year, it won by defeating Atletico Madrid, 4-to-1, for a record ten Champions League titles. Monetarily, the win gives Real Madrid a $78 million payday. Last season, it garnered $62 million with a semifinal finish. Additionally, Real Madrid is graced with the soccer icon of global proportions, Cristiano Ronaldo. With such positives, Real Madrid generates more revenue than any other sports team across the globe right now. In the 2012-2013 soccer season, Real Madrid piled up $675 million, according to Sports Illustrated.

The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams

  1. Real Madrid
  2. Barcelona
  3. Manchester United
  4. New York Yankees
  5. Dallas Cowboys
  6. Los Angeles Dodgers
  7. Bayern Munich
  8. New England Patriots
  9. Washington Redskins
  10. New York Giants
  11. Boston Red Sox
  12. Houston Texans
  13. New York Knicks
  14. New York Jets
  15. Los Angeles Lakers
  16. Arsenal
  17. Philadelphia Eagles
  18. Chicago Bears
  19. Baltimore Ravens
  20. San Francisco 49ers
  21. Chicago Cubs
  22. Ferrari
  23. Indianapolis Colts
  24. Green Bay Packers
  25. Denver Broncos
  26. Toronto Maple Leafs
  27. Pittsburgh Steelers
  28. Seattle Seahawks
  29. Miami Dolphins
  30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  31. Carolina Panthers
  32. Tennessee Titans
  33. Kansas City Chiefs
  34. Minnesota Vikings
  35. Cleveland Browns
  36. New Orleans Saints
  37. Chicago Bulls
  38. San Francisco Giants
  39. Philadelphia Phillies
  40. Arizona Cardinals
  41. San Diego Chargers
  42. Atlanta Falcons
  43. Cincinnati Bengals
  44. Detroit Lions
  45. Boston Celtics
  46. St. Louis Rams
  47. Buffalo Bills
  48. Chelsea
  49. Manchester City
  50. AC Milan

Social media-wise, the non-American football teams win out as well in popularity. Forbes reports that there is a huge difference with the global following of soccer teams vs. American teams. The top eight teams followed on Facebook, for example, are all soccer clubs. It isn’t until number nine that an American team shows up. The most followed team, Barcelona for its soccer, has 69 million followers. Number nine, the most followed American sports team – the Los Angeles Lakers – has just 21 million.

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