Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is regarded TWICE as valuable as his nearest challenger in rating the most expensive players in the game. The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) have released their annual football study - including examination of the current transfer market.

The paper takes into account the player's age, length of contract, his position and form over the last 12 months.

Interestingly, there is no room for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, nor former Chelsea defender David Luiz after his record move to PSG.


1) Lionel Messi (ARG / FC Barcelona): between €200.2M and €232.6M

2) Cristiano Ronaldo (POR / Real Madrid): between €105.7M and €122.9M

3) Luis Suarez (URU / Liverpool): between €98.5M and €114.5M

4) Eden Hazard (BEL / Chelsea). between €75.9M and €88.3M

5) Neymar (BRA / FC Barcelona): between €62.8M and €73M

6) Paul Pogba (FRA / Juventus): between €60.6M and €70.4M

7) Gareth Bale (WAL / Real Madrid). between €58.4M and €67.8M

8) Mesut Özil (GER / Arsenal): between €49.2M and €57.2M

9) Edinson Cavani (URU / PSG): between €48M and €55.8M

10) Mario Götze (GER / Bayern Munich): between €47M and €54.6M

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