Real Madrid have shown their financial muscleby spending millions on players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK
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Spanish football club Real Madrid retained top spot on a list of the world's 50 most valuable sports teams, according to a Forbes poll released Wednesday that was made up mostly of National Football League franchises.Global football powers Barcelona ($3.16 billion) and Manchester United ($3.10) rounded out the top five.The NFL led all sports with 20 franchises in the top 50, followed by MLB (12), the National Basketball Association (10) and football (7).According to Forbes, which began valuing sports franchises in 1998, the world's 50 most valuable teams are worth an average $1.75 billion, up 31 percent from 2014 .
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