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Real Madrid: World's Highest Grossing Professional Sports Franchise

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 19:  Ricardo Carvalho (C) of Real Madrid celebrates with Kaka (L) and Sami Khedira after scoring Real's 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Levante at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 19, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Mark AmentContributor IIDecember 3, 2016

Most Americans, if asked, would tell you either the New York Yankees or the Dallas Cowboys were the most profitable teams in professional sports, and either of those would be a good guess for an American-centric audience.  

However, those guesses don't take into account the worldwide phenomenon that is global soccer. No sport captures the imagination of sports fans around the world in quite the same way as soccer.

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