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Which players are statistically worth more than £50m in today's transfer market?

CIES Football Observatory released a list of 17 players based on performances over the past two years

Most Valuable Players Transfer Market 2016
The three Ballon d’Or contenders are worth between £83m and £183m!

The CIES Football Observatory have released a list of the most valuable players in the transfer market today and how much they are currently worth. On top of the list is none other than Barcelona forward Lionel Messi who is worth a whopping £183m today.

Surprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo, a Ballon d’Or finalist almost every year since 2007 (except 2011) and three-time winner of the award is only the fourth most valuable player. Even Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is above the Portuguese star.

How the transfer value is calculated

The values are calculated based on a variety of aspects. Firstly, the player’s age, the end of his contract (month and year) and position are entered in the Player Transfer Value Calculator. Then, his performances for the club over the past two years, spread across four stages, are considered.

It takes into account the number of league matches played, goals scored in the league, the country and level of competition in that league and the points the club won during the respective period of evaluation. 

Finally, the performances for the national team in the past one year are also counted.

Young players with longer contracts worth more

Using this algorithm, Barcelona star Neymar is the second most valuable player. Considering he is only 23 years old, he is the only other player valued at over £100m. The Brazil captain’s current worth is £111.5m.

Eden Hazard is the third-most valuable player at over £95m. The fact that he was the Premier League’s best player last season and a contract extension till 2020, coupled with Belgium becoming no.1 in the FIFA rankings, may have played a part in Hazard being more valuable than Ronaldo. The Real Madrid star’s contract also runs out two years earlier than the Belgian forward, who is also six years younger than Ronaldo. 

Eden Hazard Harry Kane
Harry Kane and Eden Hazard are the Premier League’s most valuable players

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling are valued at more than £60m. Sterling was signed by City for £49m while Kane established himself as the Premier League’s highest goalscorer in 2015. Both players are 22 and have contracts at their respective clubs till 2020. 

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez falls behind Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez completing the top 10. Other youngsters who make the list are Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Manchester City’s record signing Kevin De Bruyne. Philippe Coutinho, Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Gareth Bale are the other players who cost more than £50m in today’s market.

PLAYERS VALUED AT MORE THAN £50m
#PLAYERCLUBCONTRACT EXPIRYAGEVALUE (£m)
1Lionel MessiBarcelona201828183
2NeymarBarcelona201823111.5
3Eden HazardChelsea20202495.3
4Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid20183083.2
5Harry KaneTottenham Hotspur20202266.6
6Raheem SterlingManchester City20202165.6
7Antoine GriezmannAtletico Madrid20202464.5
8Luis SuarezBarcelona20192863
9Sergio AgueroManchester City20192759.9
10Alexis SanchezArsenal20182759.8
11Anthony MartialManchester United20202056.8
12Paul PogbaJuventus20192256.4
13Kevin De BruyneManchester City20212453.3
 Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool20202353.3
15Thomas MullerBayern Munich20212652
16Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich20192750.9
17Gareth BaleReal Madrid20192650.6

Note: All transfer values have been converted from Euros to Pounds and an approximate value has been considered

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