The CIES Football Observatory has released an updated list of the world’s most valuable players, with Cristiano Ronaldo pipped to second place by Premier League Player of the Year Eden Hazard…
The calculations are based on ability, age, contract length and markability.
Below, we’ve listed the top 20, offering our own insights into their stated values.
20) Karim Benzema – Real Madrid – €44-49m
The French striker has been consistently linked (like here in the Daily Star…) but really, there’s no chance of him arriving this summer.
19) Oscar – Chelsea – €47-52m
We’re just chuffed to see Chelsea’s Brazilian playmaker valued below our own superior one…
18) Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea – €50-55m
The only keeper on the list, Chelsea’s Belgian is valued so highly because of his age, as he’s not a better stopper than Manuel Neuer.
17) Coutinho – Liverpool – €50-55m
It’s fantastic to see Coutinho ranked so highly, although even if someone did come in with this kind of offer, we’d tell them where to stick it. He’s ours, and he’s going nowhere!