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10 most valuable football players in the world right now

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Footballers are transferred for ridiculously high amounts these days. Just in the past year, we have seen deals like Neymar joining PSG and Coutinho joining Barcelona break the £100 million barrier easily. Clubs are armed with a lot of money and this year's transfer window promises to be the same as last year.

Unsurprisingly, most of the names on this list involve forwards and attacking players. Goalscorers are often the most popular players in the world 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 world football at the moment:

Values courtesy – Transfermarkt

Note: Market values represent what their actual price in the transfer market is supposed to be and not the current inflated amounts.

#10 Philippe Coutinho - £90 million

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Coutinho has settled in well at Barcelona

Having completed a high stakes £142 million move to Barcelona in the January transfer window, Coutinho has quickly settled at the Camp Nou and become an important player for The Blaugrana.

One of the game's premier playmakers, Coutinho's dribbling ability, passing range, vision, and skills seem ideally suited to the football of Barcelona and the Brazilian has already shown what he is capable of having scored 9 goals and assisted a further 5 goals during his short tenure at Barcelona.

Capable of playing in the centre of the park or as a leftwinger, Coutinho's versatility and long-range shooting have added another dimension to the already impressive Barcelona squad. Touted as a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta, the Brazilian's market value will only rise higher if he continues to perform at the same level.

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