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Messi tops transfer market valuation ranking

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Lionel Messi has been named the most valuable player in the world by the latest market valuation ranking undertaken by the CIES Football Observatory. 

The latest annual review updates the transfer valuations for the world's top 60 stars, and according to the CIES, Messi is worth between €217m and €252m - 2.5 times the world record transfer fee.

Messi at the top is little surprise though, what's more interesting is the composition of the rest of the list.

In the top 60, Chelsea have four entries - Romelu Lukaku, Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.

The Belgian is ranked highest - valued between €55.5m to €64.5m Hazard comes in at number four.

There's three Arsenal stars - Jack Wilshere (ranked 51), Theo Walcott (ranked 29) and Santi Cazorla (ranked 19) - two Tottenham players - Jan Vertonghen (ranked 58) and Gareth Bale (ranked nine) - five Manchester City - Joe Hart (ranked 50), Yaya Toure (ranked 45), Vincent Kompany (ranked 35), David Silva (ranked 10) and Sergio Aguero (ranked five).

Other Premier League inclusions number Marouane Fellaini at 54 and seven Manchester United players - Phil Jones (ranked 56), Danny Welbeck (ranked 51), David De Gea (ranked 46), Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa (tied 42), Robin Van Persie (ranked 16), and Wayne Rooney (ranked eight).

In total, Barcelona boast the most expensive squad taken from the top 60. The likes of Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique add up to total more than €658m of talent, according to the review.

You can check out the full top 60 rankings here, and find out more about the CIES Football Observatory organisation here.

Now for the top 10! Click the arrows at the bottom of the article to scroll through the countdown…

Topics:
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