17 Jul 2014

Real Madrid world's most valuable team

6:45 am on 17 July 2014

The Spanish football club Real Madrid retained their title as the world's most valuable sports franchise, according to the latest poll by Forbes magazine.

The list was again dominated by American NFL teams, though football clubs held the top three positions.

The European champions Real were valued at $NZ 3.95 billion, topping the list for the second consecutive year.

They were followed by La Liga rivals Barcelona at $NZ 3.7 billion and English Premier League club Manchester United at number three at $NZ 3.23 billion.

American Major League Baseball's New York Yankees occupy the number four spot valued at $NZ 2.9 billion while the NFL's Dallas Cowboys are worth $NZ 2.6 billion.

Rounding out the top 10 were the MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers, German football side Bayern Munich, the NFL's New England Patriots, Washington Redskins and New York Giants.

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

Four NBA basketball franchises made the list with the New York Knicks coming in 13th while the Toronto Maple Leafs were the only NHL ice hockey team to make the cut at number 26.

Ferrari are the only Formula One team on the list coming in 21st with while McLaren, the NFL's Oakland Raiders and the MLB's New York Mets dropped from the top 50 this year