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Messi still the world's most valuable player

2015-06-09 10:22
Lionel Messi (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - A new study has confirmed Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as the most valuable player in the world.

The Argentina international added another Champions League winner's medal to his CV on Saturday and, according to the study by CIES, is more than €100m more valuable than the next most expensive player.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard, who had a phenomenal season with Chelsea, has been risen above Cristiano Ronaldo to second place.

The report suggests that "Footballers with the highest transfer values generally play in competitive teams, are active full internationals, play in attacking positions, have long-term contracts and are under 27 years of age."  

The Top 20 players with the highest transfer value in Europe's Big 5 leagues (valuations in € and in millions):

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - 255.3-280.8

2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) - 135.4-148.9

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

4. Neymar (Barcelona) - 89.6-98.5

5. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) - 78.2-86.0 

6. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) - 73.7-81.0 

7. Paul Pogba (Juventus)- 70.3-77.3 

8. Diego Costa (Chelsea) - 69.9-76.9 

9. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) - 67.8-74.6 

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

11. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) - 60.0-66.0 

12. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) - 59.0-64.9 

13. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea)- 58.7-64.5

14. Isco  (Real Madrid) - 57.2-62.9 

15. Harry Kane (Tottenham) - 53.5-58.9 

16. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) - 51.3-56.4 

17. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) - 50.4-55.5 

18. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) - 50.3-55.3 

19. Oscar (Chelsea) - 47.5-52.3 

20. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) - 44.6-49.1

Premier League players inside the Top 100:

23. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) - 40.2-44.2 

24. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) - 39.7-43.7 

26. Willian (Chelsea) - 38.6-42.5 

29. David Silva (Manchester City) - 38.0-41.8 

31. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) - 36.9-40.6 

33. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) - 35.9-39.5

40. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) - 34.1-37.6  

42. Ross Barkley (Everton) - 33.6-37.0 

43. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) - 33.3-36.6 

44. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) - 33.2-36.5 

46. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - 32.2-35.4 

47. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) - 32.1-35.3 

48. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) - 31.9-35.1 

49. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) - 31.8-35.0 

51. Sadio Mané (Southampton) - 31.4-34.5 

53. Emre Can (Liverpool) - 30.7-33.8 

59. Juan Mata (Manchester United) - 28.7-31.6 

60. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) - 28.5-31.4 

62. Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea) - 28.0-30.8 

72. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) - 25.4-28.0 

73. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) - 25.4-27.9 

74. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) - 25.3-27.8 

80. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) - 24.2-26.6 

84. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham) - 23.6-26.0 

85. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) - 23.6-26.0 

88. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) - 23.3-25.6 

91. Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) - 23.0-25.3 

92. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) - 22.7-25.0 

95. David de Gea (Manchester United) - 22.3-24.5 

97. Daley Blind (Manchester United) - 22.1-24.3 

99. Fernandinho (Manchester City) - 21.9-24.1 

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