Messi tops world’s most expensive footballers spot

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is valued as the world’s most expensive player at £163m, pipping club team-mate Neymar to top spot.
Cristiano Ronaldo is third, in the list provided by CIES Football Observatory, while Antoine Griezmann and Tottenham striker Harry Kane make up the top five.
The values of the players are based on several different variables including age, length of current contract and potential suitors. All 100 players in the list are employed by clubs in Europe’s top five leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.
Kane’s inclusion in the top five comes after a hugely successful season at White Hart Lane.
The 22-year-old, who 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.
CIES FOOTBALL OBSERVATORY’S VALUATION ON TOP 100 PLAYERS
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £163m
2. Neymar (Barcelona) – £155m
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – £106m
4. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – £93m
5. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £87m
6. Anthony Martial (Man United) – £86m
7. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – £81m
8. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – £80m
9. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – £75m
10. Paul Pogba (Juventus) – £70m
11. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – £62m
12. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £60m
13. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – £58m
14. Dele Alli (Tottenham) – £58m
15. Thomas Muller (Bayern) – £57m
16. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – £56m
17. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) – £52m
18. Alvaro Morata (Juventus) – £50m
19. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – £48m
20. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – £47m
21. Isco (Real Madrid) – £47m
22. P.E Aubameyang (Dortmund) – £48m
23. James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – £45m
24. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – £45m
25. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – £43m
26. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – £43m
27. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £40m
28. Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid) …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot