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The 25 most valuable footballers in Europe

A prominent research group in Switzerland has put together a list of “estimated transfer values” for the most expensive footballers in Europe – and there is no room for 32-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the top ten.

Football think tank CIES Football Observatory adopts a  “scientific approach” to its methodology, taking into consideration six factors when putting a price on the head Europe’s top players.

The six factors are:

  1. Player performance: The quality and consistency of their form
  2. Player performance in relation to their club: Are they the star player?
  3. International status: How established are they for their country?
  4. Contract: Players with longer deals are more expensive
  5. Age: Younger players command higher fees
  6. Position: Goal scorers are more expensive than goalkeepers

Without further ado, here are the 25 most valuable footballers the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1. They are ranked in descending order.

 

CIES Football Observatory transfer value estimates – top 25

1.Neymar – Barcelona €210.7m
2. Dele Alli – Tottenham €155.1m
3. Harry Kane – Tottenham €153.6m
4. Lionel Messi – Barcelona €151.7m
5. Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid €150.3m
6. Luis Suarez – Barcelona €140.8m
7. Paul Pogba – Manchester United €134.3m
8. Gonzalo Higuain – Juventus €120.2m
9. Eden Hazard – Chelsea €117.2m
10. Paulo Dybala – Juventus €115.3m
11. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid €112.4m
12. Kevin de Bruyne – Manchester City €110.5m
13. Romelu Lukaku – Everton €105.4m
14. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich €100.6m
15. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City €98.8m
16. Yannick Carrasco – Atletico Madrid €97.6m
17. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal €95.9m
18. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco €92.6m
19. Ousmane Dembele – Borussia Dortmund €87.1m
20. Roberto Firmino – Liverpool €85.3
21. Eric Dier – Tottenham €85m
22. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City €83.6m
23. Diego Costa – Chelsea €83.4m
24. Edinson Cavani – PSG €82.8m
25. Christian Eriksen – Tottenham €82.5m

ajike

Ajike is one of Nigeria's top Sportscasters with over 15 years of experience in writing and talking Sports.

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