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The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only NHL team to make Forbes’ Most Valuable Teams list (MIKE CASSESE/REUTERS)
The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only NHL team to make Forbes’ Most Valuable Teams list (MIKE CASSESE/REUTERS)

Maple Leafs only NHL team on Forbes Most Valuable Teams list Add to ...

Spanish soccer club Real Madrid retained their title as the world’s most valuable sports franchise, according Forbes magazine.

Real Madrid, the European champions, topped the list for the second consecutive year with a value of $3.44-billion. They were followed by La Liga rivals Barcelona at $3.2-billion and Premier League club Manchester United at number three at $2.81-billion, Forbes said in a statement.

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While soccer teams dominated the top of the list, National Football League clubs make up the bulk of the top 50, including four of the top 10.

The New York Yankees take the number four spot valued at $2.5-billion while the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys are worth $2.3-billion.

Rounding out the top 10 were the Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.0-billion), soccer’s Bayern Munich ($1.85-billion), New England Patriots ($1.8-billion), Washington Redskins ($1.7-billion) and New York Giants ($1.55-billion).

For the second consecutive year, the NFL makes up 60 percent of the list with 30 teams in the top 50. Only the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars failed to make the cut.

The average value of the top 50 teams is $1.34-billion, an eight per-cent increase from last year.

The New York Knicks are the highest ranked NBA franchise, coming in 13th with a value of $1.4-billion.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were the only NHL team to make the cut at number 26 with a value of $1.15-billion. The Leafs have been the NHL’s most valuable franchise since 2005, despite missing the playoffs for nine straight years until they qualified in 2013.

Neither the Toronto Blue Jays or Toronto Raptors made the top 50 list.

Ferrari are the only Formula One team on the list coming in 21st with a worth of $1.2-billion.

Fellow F1 team McLaren, the Oakland Raiders and New York Mets fell out of the top 50 this year.

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