Sunday 18 February 2018

Harry Kane (€91m) more valuable than Barcelona star Luis Suarez according to latest study

Declan Wholey

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane (€91m) is more valuable than Luis Suarez (€86.3m) according to a study by a football think-tank, while Wayne Rooney doesn't even make the top 100 list.

The CIES Football Observatory uses a complex algorithm to value players across Europe's big five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1) and published their top 100 players.

Lionel Messi (€250m) leads the way from Barcelona team-mate Neymar (€152m), while Chelsea's Eden Hazard is the highest paid premier League based player in third place (€130m), one place ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Spurs hotshot Kane surprisingly completes the top five, with in-form Barcelona striker Luis Suarez in eight position.

Manchester United and England captain Rooney didn't make the top 100, a ranking that places him below seven other members of Louis van Gaal's first-team and seven of Roy Hodgson's Three Lions.

Anthony Martial is the only United player to break into the top 20, at No 11 on the list, valued at £57.10.

The list tends to favour young players and strikers, but Rooney is ranked below Memphis Depay (£35.96m), David De Gea (£27.74m), Daley Blind (£25.76m), Chris Smalling (£24.73m), Juan Mata (£23.48m) and even Phil Jones (£22.82m), who at No 89 on the list is one place ahead of Gerard Pique.

Top five most valuable players:

1. Lionel Messi  €250.7m

2. Neymar  €152.7m

3. Eden Hazard  €130.5m

4. Cristiano Ronaldo €114m

5. Harry Kane €91m

6. Raheem Sterling €89.8

7. Antoine Griezman €88.3m

8. Luis Suarez €86.3m

9. Sergio Aguero €82.1m

10. Alexis Sanchez €81.9m

The value is worked out thus:

"CIES Football Observatory transfer value calculator uses an exclusive algorithm created on the basis of nearly 1,500 fee paying transfers which have occurred during the previous five years and which originated at a big-5 league club. The new algorithm will continue to be updated after every transfer window to take into account the latest market trends."

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