Madrid top Forbes’ rich list

Real Madrid have retained top spot in Forbes’ list of the world’s most valuable soccer teams for a fourth successive year.

The value of the Champions League finalists rose 12 per cent to $3.6 billion, making them the world’s second most valuable sports team after the Dallas Cowboys.

Barcelona were second on the list with a value of $3.5 billion, also up 12 per cent from last season, although no other Spanish teams made the top 10 with Manchester United ($3.3 billion), Bayern Munich ($2.7 billion) and Arsenal ($2 billion) completing the top five.

Forbes revealed that the 20 most valuable soccer teams are worth an average of $1.44 billion, a 24 percent increase from 12 months ago, which is due to the new lucrative television deals that have been agreed.

The top 10 for 2016 is:

1 – Real Madrid

2 – Barcelona

3 – Manchester United

4 – Bayern Munich

5 – Arsenal

6 – Manchester City

7 – Chelsea

8 – Liverpool

9 – Juventus

10 – Tottenham Hotspur

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