Lionel Messi has been valued as the world’s most expensive player at £163m, by a CIES Football Observatory list.
The Barcelona star beat team- mate Neymar to top spot, leaving Cristiano Ronaldo in third place. Also in the top five list are Antoine Griezmann and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
The list of 100 players valued the players based on several different variables including age, length of current contract and potential suitors.
All players in the list are employed by clubs in Europe’s top five leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.
The likes of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not feature on the list because of their age at 30 and 34 respectively.
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Last year, Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s highest-paid footballer and highest-paid team athlete by US business magazine Forbes.
The Real Madrid star was said to have earned a total of $82 million (£56.7m), with an annual salary of $53m (£36.7m) and $29m (£20m) in endorsements.
22-year-old Kane’s inclusion in this top five could be attributed to his huge successful season at White Hart Lane. Kane has attracted interest from Manchester United, is valued at £87m in CIES Football Observatory’s latest findings.
Kane played a major role in helping Tottenham compete for the title by scoring 25 goals to win the Premier League Golden Boot.
Anthony Martial’s valuation is rising every month – the 20-year-old has shown he is capable of terrorizing his opponents during his first season at Old Trafford. According to the study, he is now worth a staggering £86m.
Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba, who is being chased by Europe’s top clubs, is valued at £70m.
His valuation would be higher if he had a lengthy deal with Juventus but his current contract is due to expire in 2019.
Dele Alli’s rise from a League One prospect to a Premier League star has been remarkable.
Tottenham bought the Englishman for just £5m but he is now said to be worth more than world superstars such as Robert Lewandowski, Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema.
English duo Kane and Alli are joined in the top 100 by compatriots Raheem Sterling, Eric Dier, Ross Barkley, John Stones, Jamie Vardy, Chris Smalling, Joe Hart and Wilfried Zaha.
On this list, Premier League champions Leicester have three representatives in Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante.