Forbes released its list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises in 2014 this week and the results serve as another reminder that soccer truly is the world's game.

Despite all the state-of-the-art stadiums popping up in America and franchise values exploding, three European soccer teams topped the list. However, the NFL is still king in America. Thirty of the NFL's 32 teams made Forbes' top 50.

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With a value of $3.44 billion, Real Madrid is the most valuable sports team on Earth according to Forbes. Close behind was Real Madrid's hated rival, Barcelona, which recently spent $800 million to expand its stadium and renovate its grounds. Barca's value is listed at $3.2 billion. Coming in third is Manchester United with a value of $2.81 billion. Then come the usual suspects from the U.S.

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We've listed some highlights from Forbes' rankings below. For a look at the complete list, you'll have to slog through Forbes' slideshow for yourself.

As Forbes points out, the value of professional sports teams has exploded recently, headlined by the potential sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft head Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. While the deal is hung up in court, a $2 billion valuation has the Clippers valued at 15 times revenue, easily a league record. You'll notice the Clippers are not worth $2 billion according to Forbes.

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Forbes Most Valuable Sports Teams 2014

1. Real Madrid — $3.44 billion
2. Barcelona — $3.2 billion
3. Manchester United — $2.81 billion
4. New York Yankees — $2.5 billion
5. Dallas Cowboys — $2.3 billion
6. Los Angeles Dodgers — $2 billion
7. Bayern Munich — $1.85 billion
8. New England Patriots — $1.8 billion
9. Washington Redskins — $1.7 billion
10. New York Giants — $1.55 billion

By League:

Five Most Valuable NFL Teams
1. Dallas Cowboys (#5 overall) — $2.3 billion
2. New England Patriots (#8 overall) — $1.8 billion
3. Washington Redskins (#9 overall) — $1.7 billion
4. New York Giants (#10 overall) — $1.55 billion
5. Houston Texans (#12 overall) — $1.45 billion

Five Most Valuable MLB Teams
1. New York Yankees (#4 overall) — $2.5 billion
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (#6 overall) — $2 billion
3. Boston Red Sox (#11 overall) — $1.5 billion
4. Chicago Cubs (#21 overall) — $1.2 billion
5. San Francisco Giants (#37 overall) — $1 billion

Four Most Valuable NBA Teams (Only four were listed among the top 50)
1. New York Knicks (#13 overall) — $1.4 billion
2. Los Angeles Lakers (#15 overall) — $1.35 billion
3. Chicago Bulls (#37 overall) — $1 billion
4. Boston Celtics (#45 overall) — $875 million

Only one NHL team made the top 50. The Toronto Maple Leafs checked in at number 26 with a value of $1.15 billion.

Michael Gaio is eMedia Editor of Athletic Business.