Real Madrid top rich list for third straight year

Real Madrid have retained their place as the most valuable football team in the world for a third straight year, while the Premier League boasts eight teams in Forbes' top 20.

The reigning European champions' value has dropped five per cent to $3.26billion (£2.13billion) this year, but their $746million (£489million) revenue is the highest of any sports team in the world.

Rivals Barcelona are second in the 2015 list with a value of $3.16billion (£2.07billion), followed by Manchester United at $3.10billion (£2.03billion).

Louis van Gaal's men are one of eight Premier League sides in the top 20, with Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool amongst the top-eight most valuable clubs.

Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham complete the Premier League's representation, following the recent £5.136billion domestic television deal.

Forbes' top 10 most valuable teams of 2015:

1) Real Madrid $3.26billion (£2.13billion)

2) Barcelona $3.16billion (£2.07billion)

3) Manchester United $3.10billion (£2.03billion)

4) Bayern Munich $2.35billion (£1.54billion)

5) Manchester City $1.38billion (£905million)

6) Chelsea $1.37billion (£898million)

7) Arsenal $1.31billion (£859million)

8) Liverpool $982million (£644million)

9) Juventus $837million (£549million)

10) AC Milan $775million (£508million)

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