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Real Madrid World’s Most Valuable Sports Franchise

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Real Madrid Value Forbes has released an updated list of the world’s most valuable sports franchises. Even though sports properties in the U.S. have become expensive, they do not match up with the top soccer clubs of Europe as far as global reach and value.

The world’s three sports teams that are the most valuable all are soccer franchises. The most valuable is Real Madrid in Spain, which is valued at $3.44 billion. This is the second consecutive year the soccer club from Spain has been at the top of the list.

In second is Barcelona another Spanish soccer club and the archrivals of Real Madrid in La Liga the topflight league in Spain.

Barcelona is worth an estimated $3.2 billion. In third place is Manchester United the English Premier League giant, which was given a value of $2.81 billion.

Real Madrid has reached the semifinals of the Champions League for four straight years and this past season won the final with a 4-1 victory over La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

The win was Real’s 10th Champions League title, which is a record of the most of any European club.

The title also represents a payout of more than $78 million instead of the $62 million the club earned in 2013 after being eliminated in the semifinals.

Real Madrid has the sport’s current player of the year and global icon Cristiano Ronaldo one of the game’s best scorers.

The club generates more revenue than all other sports teams across the globe. In the 2012-13 season, Real generated $675 million in revenue. Commercial revenue is helped by a kit deal for $41 million per year with Adidas as well as a sponsorship of the club’s shirt valued at $39 million annually with Emirates.

Madrid has a plan in the works for a renovation valued at $540 million to Santiago Bernabeu, its stadium, which will be completed sometime in 2017.

About David Campbell

David makes his home in Guatemala and follows the worlds greatest games from there. David contributes on all leagues across the world and had over 25 years experience. He has covered 10 World Cups and will do so again this year in Brazil.

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