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€280m Messi? Hazard ahead of Ronaldo? The top 50 most valuable footballers in the world revealed


Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo jogs towards Lionel Messi Photo credit: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo jogs towards Lionel Messi Photo credit: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki


Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo jogs towards Lionel Messi Photo credit: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

Eden Hazard breaks the Messi/Ronadlo top two while Raheem Sterling makes the top 10, unlike his former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez. It's the top 50 most valuable footballers in the game.

The Chelsea star would command a greater transfer fee than every other player in the world apart from Lionel Messi, according to a report published by a research group in Switzerland this week.

The report claims that Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the Ballon d’Or only five months ago, has a value of somewhere between €113.3m and €124.7m, making him the third most expensive player on the planet.

The body that ran the report, the Football Observatory, is a research group from the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) with staff ‘specialised in the statistical analysis of football’. Having been founded in 2005, they have undertaken research for FIFA and UEFA, as well as several top-flight European clubs.

This particular document claims to use a selection of ‘key indicators’ – such as age, position, contract, achievements, international status and performance – to list the 100 most expensive players in the world.

Their logic would suggest Ronaldo would command a fee of €120m, Paul Pogba around €75m and Alexis Sanchez something similar. Interestingly, the world's most expensive player Gareth Bale is in 17th position. The report says the maximum fee he would command would be €60, well short of the figures mentioned in the press with reported interest from Manchester United.

Looking further down the list, Manchester United would stand to make a huge loss on Angel Di maria if he was sold, with €40m the most they could expect to recoup for the Argentinian, while €38m for Bayern Munich's World Cup winner mi9ght seem  like an attractive price to many.

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) €225 - €280m

2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) €135 - €149m

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) €113.3-124.7m

4. Neymar (Barcelona) €89.6-98.5m

5. Sergio Agüero (Man City) €82-€86m

6. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) €73.7-€81m

7. Paul Pogba (Juventus) €70.3-€77.3m

8. Diego Costa (Chelsea) €69.9-€76.9m

9. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) 2018 €67.8-€74.6m

10. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) €62.5-€68.8m

Rest of the top 40

11. Luis Suárez (Barcelona)

12. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)

13. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea)

14. Isco (Real Madrid)

15. Harry Kane (Tottenham)

16. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

17. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

18. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)

19. Oscar (Chelsea)

20. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

21.Mario Götze (Bayern München)

22.Koke (Atlético Madrid)

23. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

24. Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

25. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

26. Willian (Chelsea)

27. Álvaro Morata (Juventus)

28. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)

29. David Silva (Manchester City)

30. Edinson Cavani (PSG)

31. Ángel Di María (Manchester United)

32. Kevin de Bruyne (Wolfsburg)

33. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

34. Marco Verratti (PSG)

35. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

36. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München)

37. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)

38. Thomas Müller (Bayern München)

39. Manuel Neuer (Bayern München)

40. Mesut Özil (Arsenal)

41. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli)

42. Ross Barkley (Everton)

43. Yaya Touré (Manchester City)

44. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

45. Jérôme Boateng (Bayern München)

46. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

47. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

48. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

49. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

50. Miralem Pjanic (Roma)

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