Real Madrid Tops Forbes’ Most Valuable Teams List

By Staff  |  07/18/2014

Cristiano Ronaldo

Forbes revealed its 2014 "World's 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams" list this week... and three European soccer clubs top the list.

Real Madrid sits atop the list with a $3.44 billion value, according to the mag. The team has made it to the Champions League semifinals for four consecutive years and generates more revenue than any sports team in the world. It also features global icon Cristiano Ronaldo.

At #2 is Barcelona with a value of $3.2 billion. The club has won six La Liga titles in the past decade and is led by Lionel Messi and Neymar, two of the highest-paid players in the sport.

Manchester United lands at #3 with a $2.81 billion value. The club is so popular, Adidas inked the team to a 10-year, $1.3 billion kit deal this month.

At #4 is the first American team and most valuable non-soccer team on the list, the New York Yankees, which is valued at $2.5 billion. And rounding out the top 5 is the Dallas Cowboys, valued at $2.3 billion. The Cowboys struck a 25-year stadium naming rights deal with AT&T last year for an estimated $500 million.

The most valuable NBA team on the list is the New York Knicks, which lands at #13 with a $1.4 billion value. "A $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden sent the Knicks' revenue soaring," writes Forbes. "Ratings for Knicks games on MSG were down 29% this season, but still had the NBA's biggest average audience with 163,000 viewers per game."

See the full list over at