10 most valuable football players in the world
The market values of some of these players are simply astonishing
Footballers are transferred for ridiculously high amounts of money these days. Whether it be Neymar's incredible world record move to Paris Saint-Germain or Coutinho's mindboggling transfer to Barcelona, football clubs are not afraid to spend huge amounts of money on the players they want.
Unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by attacking players. Forwards and midfielders are undoubtedly the most popular players of all the big teams and it is no surprise to see their market value at such high prices.
Market values for a particular player are calculated by how well they play, age, their marketability and ability to sell shirts. Without much ado, let us take a look at the 10 most valuable players in the world:
Values courtesy – Transfermarkt
#10 Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) - £81 million
Having completed his dream move to Barcelona for an eye-watering fee of £142 million, Philippe Coutinho is the 10th most valuable player in world football at the moment. It has been a meteoric rise for the Brazilian playmaker.
Signed from Inter Milan for a paltry £8.5 million by Liverpool in 2013, the little magician soon captured the imagination of Liverpool fans with his stunning performances in the Premier League.
Capable of playing in the centre of the park or as a left-winger, Coutinho with his incisive passing, stunning long-range goals and great dribbling skills is definitely one of the best 'number 10s' in world football at the moment.
Liverpool fought tooth and nail to keep their star man, but in the end, the fee of £142 million and Coutinho's insistence on moving to Barcelona saw the deal go through, making him the second most expensive transfer of all time (behind Neymar).
Touted to be the long-term replacement of Andres Iniesta, Coutinho definitely has the skillset to become a huge success at Barcelona.