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Top 10: Most valuable players

Leo Messi is the world's most valuable player (©GettyImages)
Leo Messi is the world's most valuable player (©GettyImages).

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy at Real Madrid, sparking rumours he could quit the Bernabeu - but how much is the Portuguese star worth in the current transfer market?

The Madrid forward moved to Spain from Manchester United for £80m, the world's most expensive ever transfer fee, but Barcelona star Leo Messi is still worth more.

Based on valuations from transfermarkt.co.uk, GMF counts down the top 10 most valuable players, in terms of the transfer fee their teams could expect to receive should they be sold on the current transfer market.

10. Sergio Busquets - Barcelona | Value: £37m

The 24-year-old is a first-choice regular in two of the best teams in the world - Spain and Barcelona - and his ability in the holding midfield role makes him the most valuable defensive midfielder in the game.


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9. Robin van Persie - Manchester United | Value: £42m

The Dutchman recently moved to Manchester United for £24m, but his value has almost doubled since then.


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8. David Silva - Manchester City | Value: £44m

Manchester City's fleet-footed creator-in-chief is Spain's second representative on the list, but he's certainly not the last.


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7. Falcao - Atletico Madrid | £44m

The Colombian striker stunned Chelsea with a majestic hat-trick last week, sending Falcao's valuation through the roof. One of the most devasting number nine's in world football.


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6. Sergio Aguero - Manchester City | Value: £45m

Bought for £38m last summer, Aguero's market value has increased after a stellar first season at the Etihad Stadium.


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5. Cesc Fabregas - Barcelona | Value: £48.5m

The former-Arsenal captain moved to Catalonia last year, and has seen his value, like many of the Spain stars, rise considerably.


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4. Wayne Rooney - Manchester United | Value: £57m

Sir Alex Ferguson's investment in an 18-year-old Wayne Rooney in 2004 has paid off, and the United striker is now the most valuable English player in football.


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3. Andres Iniesta - Barcelona | Value: £61.5m

The third, and final, Spain player on the list - Andres Iniesta is the reigning Best Player in Europe, and at £61.5m his value reflects that.


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2. Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid | Value: £88m

The only Real Madrid player in the top 10, and the current most expensive transfer in history. But the Portuguese star, once again, plays second fiddle to his Barcelona and Argentina rival.


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1. Lionel Messi - Barcelona | Value: £105m

The three-time Ballon d'Or winner is the world's most valuable footballer, and with good reason. Should, I repeat, should Barcelona decide to sell their star forward, expect the offers to be well north of £105m - but at current transfer rates, that's his value.


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