Top 10 most valuable footballers in the world from Messi to Costa - and including one England player
Eden Hazard breaks the Messi/Ronadlo top two while Raheem Sterling makes the top 10, unlike his former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez. Check out the gallery to see who made the top 10.
The body that ran the report, the Football Observatory, is a research group from the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) with staff ‘specialised in the statistical analysis of football’. Having been founded in 2005, they have undertaken research for FIFA and UEFA, as well as several top-flight European clubs.
This particular document claims to use a selection of ‘key indicators’ – such as age, position, contract, achievements, international status and performance – to list the 10 most expensive players in the world.
The report suggests that Ronaldo would command a fee of £88m, Paul Pogba around £55m and Alexis Sanchez something similar. Interestingly, the world's most expensive player Gareth Bale is in 17th position. The report says the maximum fee he would command would be £44m, well short of the figures mentioned in the press with reported interest from Manchester United.