Who exactly is currently the most valuable footballer in the world?
Well, a new study conducted by CIES’ Football Observator has compiled a list of the most expensive players across Europe’s top five leagues, according to age, position, contract duration, performance and international status.
The results of the calculations are interesting, to say the least.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is the highest ranked Premier League player, ranking in third overall at a value of €194.7 million (£172.65 million). The high-flying Englishman recently broke the Premier League record for most goals scored in a calendar year when he notched his 37th, 38th and 39th league goals of 2017 against Southampton at Wembley, surpassing Alan Shearer’s longstanding stint at the top of that list. He also impressively finished 2017 with 56 goals for club and country in total, the highest tally of any player across Europe’s top-five leagues.
His Spurs teammate Dele Alli, Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United duo Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba make up the Premier League contingent in the top-ten.
Amazingly, Philippe Coutinho, who made a massive £142 million transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona this week, doesn’t even rank in the top 15. The 25-year-old comes in at 16th place on the list of the world’s most valuable players according to the study at a price of £33 million less than what the La Liga giants paid for him.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, now 32 years old, has struggled to hit his lofty standards of form so far this season for Real Madrid and he comes in a surprisingly low 49th position, valued at €80 million (£71.29 million).
The world’s most expensive player Neymar tops the list, with his former teammate and Barca legend Lionel Messi not far behind him in second place.
Check out the top ten below:
1. Neymar (PSG) – €213 million
2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – €202.2 million
3. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – €194.7 million
4. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – €192.5 million
5. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – €174.6 million
6. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – €171.3 million
7. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – €167.8 million
8. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – 164.8 million
9. Antoine Greizmann (Atletico Madrid) – €150.2 million
10. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – €147.5 million