Transfer Values of Top 100 Players In Europe, Eden Hazard Well Placed Than Cristiano Ronaldo [CIES]
The CIES Football Observatory have attempted to rank, in monetary value, the top 100 most valuable footballers in the biggest leagues in the world.
Only players from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 were ranked.
Whilst there is obviously a lot of conjecture about such lists, the CIES Football Observatory “specialise in the demographic study of the footballers’ labour market, performance analysis at team and player levels,” according to their website.
In order to calculate the transfer value of any footballer, a multitude of factors have been taken into account by the football boffins.
Those factors include the age of the footballer, his current contract status, what position the player plays in, plus the results and achievements of the footballer’s respective teams.
A graphic outlining all the factors influencing a player’s transfer value is below.
According to the data, Leo Messi is the most expensive footballer on the planet as he currently commands a transfer fee over 250 million euros.
FC Barcelona also have the second most expensive player – albeit almost 100 million euros cheaper than Messi – Neymar.
Perhaps surprisingly considering his performances this season, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is third in the list ahead of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
In another interesting turn up for the books, Tottenham striker Harry Kane is valued at over 91 million euros, which is more than other Premier League stars including ninth-placed Sergio Aguero (82.1 million euros) and tenth-placed Alexis Sanchez (81.9 million euros).
Other noticeable claims are that Mesut Ozil (27th) is worth 51 million euros, Emre Can (35) is valued at 45.8 million euros, while Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Eric Dier are worth 34 million euros each.
Wayne Rooney didn’t make the list.
See the full list of the transfer values of the top 100 players in Europe below.