Forbes' most valuable sports teams in the world 2015: Real Madrid leapfrogged by Dallas Cowboys in top spot

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The Dallas Cowboys leapfrogged Real Madrid as the world's richest team (Source: Getty)

The Dallas Cowboys have overtaken Real Madrid to become the most valuable sports team in the world, according to estimates from Forbes.

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The American football team have been valued at $4bn (£2.6bn) in Forbes' latest valuations of NFL franchises, putting them above Real Madrid who the magazine said were worth $3.3bn in July.

Despite not having appeared in the Super Bowl for nearly two decades, last year the Dallas Cowboys generated revenue of $620m, a record for an American sports team.

The franchise boasted a huge average attendance of 90,000 last season - the biggest in the NFL - at the AT&T stadium, generating $120m.

After Real Madrid, Barcelona are the next most valuable football team in the world with a $3.2bn valuation according to Forbes.

Yet the NFL - which could soon have a franchise London - is catching up. The 32 franchises enjoy an equal share of $4.4bn in broadcasting revenue (only the Premier League makes more) which has helped drive a 38 per cent increase in their average value to £1.3bn.

TeamValuation (according to Forbes)
Dallas Cowboys (American football)$4bn
Real Madrid (Football)$3.26bn
New England Patriots (American football)$3.2bn
New York Yankees (Baseball)$3.2bn
Barcelona (Football)$3.16bn

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