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RANKED: 25 Most Expensive Players in the World at the Moment; Messi & Ronaldo Ranked 4th & 24th
The CIES Football Observatory releases a monthly edition of estimated values of players from the top five footballing leagues around the world.
This month’s edition sees some major changes in their rankings, based on their algorithm for measuring a player’s performances.
Here are the 25 most expensive players in the world according to their research.
25. Marc-Andre ter Stegen – FC Barcelona
Barcelona’s German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is widely considered as one of the top goalkeepers in the world.
His current value as per CIES’ research is at an estimated €100.5 million.
24. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
Pretty sure many of you might not have expected this particular name of one of the greatest players in world football to appear at the 24th spot.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s estimated value according to this research by CIES is now around €103.4 million.
23. Lorenzo Insigne – SSC Napoli
26-year-old Napoli hitman Lorenzo Insigne has been instrumental in the Naples based club’s successes off late.
Currently, his market value stands at €104.2 million.
22. Gonzalo Higuain – Juventus
30-year-old Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain had a decent season for his Italian club Juventus. He scored a total of 21 goals and registered seven assists for them as Juve went on to claim the league title.
Higuain’s current market value stands at around €104.5 million.
21. Ederson Moraes – Manchester City
Manchester City’s Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson is widely being considered among the best goalkeepers in the world at the moment.
And now he has his market value to back up the face that he is improving every season. The Brazilian star is currently valued at €104.6 million.
20. Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur’s Danish star Christian Eriksen has been instrumental for the North London club since his arrival.
He has led the Spurs to becoming a common name in the top four of the Premier League and could lead a title charge soon.
His current value stands at €106.2 million.
19. Samuel Umtiti – FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti recently signed a new contract with the Catalan giants, thus ending speculation about his future.
The French custodian is currently valued at around €111.5 million.
18. Luis Suarez – FC Barcelona
Another Barcelona star on the list, Luis Suarez takes the 18th spot in the value rankings. The Uruguayan forward has been a very important player for the Catalan club and as per this research, his is currently valued at around €120.4 million.
17. Eden Hazard – Chelsea
Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard was the shining star in Antonio Conte’s extremely difficult second season season in England.
The Belgian forward scored 17 goals and registered seven assists throughout the 2017-18 season which ended with FA Cup glory at Wembley against Manchester United.
27-year-old Hazard is currently valued at €124.7m.
16. Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City
Manchester City’s Brazilian youngster Gabriel Jesus was one of the standout performers from Pep Guardiola’s title winning squad this season.
Jesus scored 19 goals and provided three assists during the whole of last season for the Premier League champions.
He is currently valued at €140.3m.
15. Roberto Firmino – Liverpool
Liverpool’s 26-year-old Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino enjoyed his best season for the Reds since he arrived at the club.
In partnership with Mohamed Salah, Firmino bagged 28 goals for Liverpool across all competitions. With his rise in stature at Anfield, Firmino’s value has shot up to €142.6m in this latest update of CIES’ research.
14. Paul Pogba – Manchester United
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was often criticised for his performances last season but the Frenchman did come up with some defining moments in the campaign.
The Frenchman played a total of 32 games in the last season. He came up with seven goals and 11 assists, quite a decent outlay for a player who was regularly deployed in a defensive midfield role.
Pogba is currently valued at around €144.9m.
13. Leroy Sane – Manchester City
Manchester City’s German youngster Leroy Sane was mercurial throughout the course of last season’s title run which saw Pep Guardiola’s team dominating England’s Premier League.
Sane came up with many brilliant performances for the Premier League champions. In the 40 appearances he made for Manchester City, Sane managed to score 14 goals and provide 17 assists.
He is currently valued at around €152.2m.
12. Philippe Coutinho – FC Barcelona
Brazilian superstar Philippe Coutinho played half of last season at Liverpool before moving to Barcelona in January.
During the whole of last season, the 25-year-old attacking midfielder made 44 appearances in club football, scoring 26 goals and providing 13 assists aggregate for Liverpool and Barcelona.
Coutinho is currently valued at €154.6m.
11. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
Manchester City’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling continued to have a great impact on Pep Guardiola’s team. The pacy player came up with crucial goals on multiple occasions when City were finding things difficult.
He played a total of 39 games for Manchester City last season, scoring 23 goals and providing 12 assists in the process.
Sterling’s current market value is around €155.1m.
10. Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United
Manchester United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku had a brilliant first season for Jose Mourinho’s side as he took over the responsibility of leading the line for the Red Devils.
In a total of 44 games Lukaku featured in for Mourinho’s team, the Belgian hitman came up with 26 goals.
He is currently valued at €163.4m.
9. Paulo Dybala – Juventus
Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala enjoyed one of his best seasons in Italy in the season gone by.
The 24-year-old Argentinian featured in 47 games for the Italian club in total, scoring 26 goals and providing five assists in what was quite a testing season for Juventus.
Courtesy of his contributions, Dybala’s current market value has shot up to €164.2m.
8. Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid’s French superstar Antoine Griezmann is one of the most sought after footballers on the planet today.
The 27-year-old forward had a brilliant 2017-18 season in which scored 29 goals and provided 13 assists as he led his Spanish side to Europa League glory.
Griezmann’s current market value is €164.5m.
7. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Easily one of the best players in the 2017-18 season, Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne dominated the Premier League and also came up with good contributions in the Champions League.
The 26-year-old played a total of 55 games this season, scoring 13 goals and assisting another 20. His performances caught the eyes of fans across the globe and even rival fans were left in awe of his excellence.
De Bruyne is valued at €167.2m at the moment!
6. Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur’s English attacking midfielder Dele Alli continues to rise among the greats of world football with another impressive season.
The Englishman made 53 appearances for Spurs this season, scoring 14 goals and providing 14 assists to his teammates in what can be called as an all-round display by the 22-year-old.
His current market value stands at €171m.
5. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
At the beginning of the season, no one expected Liverpool’s sensational superstar Mohamed Salah to be such a revelation.
Salah scored a total of 45 goals in 54 appearances in club competitions this season. He also came up with 14 assists as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds reached the Champions League final.
Based on his performance and CIES’s research, Salah’s current market value is €171.3m.
4. Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi had yet another amazing season in Spain. The Argentinian hero made a total of 47 appearances for the Catalan giants in the 2017-18 season, scoring a total of 44 goals and coming up with 14 assists to lead Barcelona to the Spanish league title.
Ranked fourth in this list, Lionel Messi’s current market value is €184.2m.
3. Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain’s 19-year-old French dynamite Kylian Mbappe had a brilliant 2017-18 season. Mbappe is currently the best youngster in world football without a shadow of a doubt.
In the 42 appearances he made in club football the season gone by, Mbappe scored 21 goals and provided 11 assists as he partnered with Neymar and Edinson Cavani as part of an explosive front three at PSG.
Mbappe’s current value is around €186.5m.
2. Neymar Jr – Paris Saint-Germain
Despite spending most of the second half of the club season out injured, Neymar’s season’s stats at PSG are nothing short of astonishing.
Before he got injured, Neymar featured in 28 games for the French giants in which he scored 27 goals and provided 16 assists. If he would not have been injured, who knows what records he could have broken?
As for valuation, Neymar is currently valued at around €195m.
1. Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League’s goal machine Harry Kane tops the list as the most expensive player in world football at the moment as per his valuation.
The Englishman had quite an extraordinary 2017-18 season for Tottenham. Kane played a total of 50 games for the Lillywhites, scoring 43 and assisting four goals for his teammates.
His incredible stats have led to a huge increase in his value. Kane is now valued at €201.2m