The CIES Football Observatory published its annual report this week which attempts to estimate on a scientific basis the transfer value of professional football players.
The full list presents the transfer values of the top 110 players in the world – with some major surprises. Young prospects such as Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele feature in the top 20 while other stars such as Gareth Bale have plummeted in value.
Below we outline the top ten most valuable players in the world according to CIES. To read the full list click here…
THE TOP TEN MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS IN THE WORLD
#10 – PAULO DYBALA – JUVENTUS – €115.3mEmbed from Getty Images
Kicking off our top ten is Juventus superstar, Paulo Dybala. The young Argentine striker makes the list ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne and Alexis Sanchez with CIES estimating his worth to be just over £100m. His performances were crucial to Juventus reaching the final of the Champions League this season. Dybala already has two Serie A titles to his name at the tender age of 23.
#9 – EDEN HAZARD – CHELSEA – €117.2mEmbed from Getty Images
The first Premier League player in the top ten is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard – who was one of the best performers in Chelsea’s terrific title triumph. The Belgian is back to his best under Antonio Conte and is estimated to be worth over £100m. He is yet to commit his future to the Blues with Real Madrid reportedly keen to make him their next ‘Galactico.’ If the rumours are true, Madrid will have to pay a pretty penny to land their man.
#8 – GONZALO HIGUAIN – JUVENTUS – €120.2mEmbed from Getty Images
The second Juventus player to feature in the top ten is Dybala’s club and national teammate – Gonzalo Higuain. The former Real Madrid striker became one the most expensive players in history last summer when he joined Juve from league rivals Napoli for €90m. He scored 32 goals in 55 appearances in his debut season for the Old Lady as Juventus completed the double and reached the final of the Champions League.
#7 – PAUL POGBA – MANCHESTER UNITED – €134.3mEmbed from Getty Images
The world’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba, ranks at only number seven in the list despite his record-breaking £89m move from Juventus back to Manchester United. Pogba’s first season back in England has been heavily criticised, but the French midfielder has lifted two trophies since returning to Manchester – the EFL Cup and Europa League. Pogba will be playing Champions League football again next season which will undoubtedly increase his value.
#6 – LUIS SUAREZ – BARCELONA – €140.8m
Barcelona’s first entry in the top ten, Luis Suarez, is also the oldest player to feature in our list at 30-years-old. The Uruguayan emerged as one of the world’s best strikers during his time at Liverpool where he almost broke the record for Premier League goals in a season despite being suspended for large periods of the season. He won the PFA Player of the Year award to earn himself a £65m move to Barcelona. Since joining Barca, he has won two league titles and one Champions League crown.
#5 – ANTOINE GRIEZMANN – ATLETICO MADRID – €150.3mEmbed from Getty Images
Moving into the top five we have Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann who has an estimated value of around £131m. The French forward has progressed immensely following his move from Real Sociedad under Diego Simeone, and his performances have attracted the attention of some of the world’s best clubs. Manchester United reportedly made Griezmann their top target this summer before the forward committed to a new contract with Atletico following their transfer embargo.
#4 – LIONEL MESSI – BARCELONA – €151.7mEmbed from Getty Images
Surprisingly, Lionel Messi ranks at only fourth on the list of most valuable players. Widely considered to be the greatest player in the world, Messi is estimated to be worth around £130m despite being 29-years-old. Last year, Messi ranked at number one in CIES’ study with an estimated value of around £150m. CIES uses a broad range of variables meaning Messi’s age might have factored into his value dropping.
#3 – HARRY KANE – TOTTENHAM – €153.6mEmbed from Getty Images
Few would have expected Harry Kane to be labelled as the third most valuable player in the world. The Tottenham youth academy graduate has grown into a world-class striker, winning back-to-back golden boots in the Premier League in recent seasons. Kane is reportedly worth around £130m if Tottenham were ever to sell their star striker. However, Kane is not the most valuable Englishman according to CIES.
#2 – DELE ALLI – TOTTENHAM – €155.1mEmbed from Getty Images
It is Kane’s team-mate, Dele Alli, who is the most valuable Englishman according to CIES. Alli’s rise to fame has been nothing short of extraordinary. Tottenham signed the midfielder for just £5m from MK Dons two years ago, and Alli has matured into one of the best midfielders in the league – aged just 21. The PFA Young Player of the Year has been tipped to play for clubs such as Real Madrid in the future. His reported worth of over £130m would represent a 2500% increase on his transfer fee.
#1 – NEYMAR – BARCELONA – €210.7mEmbed from Getty Images
According to CIES, the most valuable footballer in the world is Barcelona superstar, Neymar. The winger emerged as one of the world’s hottest prospects during his time at Santos which prompted Barcelona to spend over £60m to bring him to Spain. The Brazil international is a fantastic footballer and is extremely marketable meaning he earns a huge wage packet – reportedly worth £200,000-per-week. Still only 25-years-old, Neymar has been touted as one of the players to end Messi and Ronaldo’s dominance of the Ballon d’Or which crowns the best player in the world.
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