Forbes names Real Madrid most valuable sports team for 2014

Real Madrid is worth $3.44 billion

According to Forbes, the three most valuable sports teams in the world play the non-American brand of football.

Spain’s Real Madrid, worth $3.44 billion, leads the way for the second straight year, a notch ahead of fellow Spanish soccer power, Barcelona, which is worth $3.2 billion while England’s Manchester United completes the top three with a value of $2.81 billion.

Also, on the social media platforms, the contrast between elite soccer clubs and top American teams is vast.

Barcelona (69 million), Real (67 million) and United (53 million) have the three biggest Facebook followings among sports teams.

The top eight were all soccer clubs before the Los Angeles Lakers broke the string with 21 million fans. The New York Yankees are the top non-soccer/NBA team with 8 million fans.

The National Football League, NFL’s 32 teams have a combined Facebook following of 75 million people, barely more than that of Barcelona.

NFL and Major League Baseball, MLB, teams play and do business on a national scale, while Europe’s top soccer clubs with fans worldwide can tap every corner of the globe for deals.

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