Money is a huge part of the game nowadays, with extremely lucrative television deals for clubs and equally rewarding contracts for players, the game has never involved so much money before.
With transfer fees and market values soaring to record heights, here we take a look at the most valuable XI in the game, with market value estimations provided by transfermarkt.
GK: Manuel Neuer | Bayern Munich | Market value: £26.5 million
The former Schalke man has asserted himself as one of the world’s best shot stoppers in recent years, and is an extremely intimidating and dominant master of the penalty shootout.
RB: Phillip Lahm | Bayern Munich | Market value: £26.5 million
It is amazing that Germany and Bayern’s captain is just 29, especially considering he has clocked up a total of 98 international caps and a whopping 485 club starts. As one of Europe’s most consistent performers in the last 10 years, he deserves his place in the team.
CB: Thiago Silva | Paris Saint-Germain | £35.0 million
At 28 years old, Silva was a relatively late developer, only transferring to Europe for the first time back in 2009. Since then he has never looked back moving to PSG, and becoming a reassuring presence at the central-defender berth for both club and country.
CB: Sergio Ramos | Real Madrid | £35.0 million
Another stalwart for both club and country, Ramos is the sixth most expensive teenager of all time, courtesy of his £24 million move from Sevilla to Real Madrid. He captained Madrid at times last season whilst Iker Casillas was banished to the sidelines.
LB: David Alaba | Bayern Munich | £24.5 million
Austria’s new wonderkid is the youngest player to appear in the team at 21. After a stunning debut season with Bayern, Alaba has emerged as one of Europe’s top young talents and is already one of the best left-backs in the world.
CM: Andres Iniesta | Barcelona | £57.0 million
Iniesta is one of the classiest players out there and is key to both Lionel Messi Barcelona’s form. With a remarkable 26 assists for club and country last campaign, his talent is undeniable, and his market value reflects this.
CM: Mario Götze | Bayern Munich | £38.5 million
Another fantastic playmaker, Götze was instrumental in Dortmund’s rise to prominence under Jurgen Klopp and extended run to the final of this year’s UEFA Champions League. Now with rivals Bayern, he looks to assert himself in an already talented squad.
RW: Gareth Bale | Tottenham Hotspur | £44.0 million
While Bale does not usually play in this position, for the sake of making the teams as valuable as possible he holds the right wing berth. Real Madrid are known to be interested, but whether they are prepared to pay a world record fee for the player remains to be seen.
CF: Lionel Messi | Barcelona | £105million
Messi is quite simply the best goalscorer in the world. With 91 goals in 2012, the Argentine broke Gerd Muller’s world record, which had stood at 85 goals. Winner of the Ballon d’Or four times in a row, his exploits are unprecedented.
LW: Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid | £88.0 million
Ballon d’Or runner up Ronaldo doesn’t have a bad goalscoring record either, scoring at over a goal a game since his move to Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009. Is there room for both him and Bale at the Bernabeu?
ST: Edinson Cavani | Paris Saint-Germain | £53.0 million
A new arrival in the French capital, Cavani scored over 60 league goals in three season with Rafael Benitez’s new side Napoli. PSG fans must be licking their lips at the prospect of seeing him lead the line along with Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season.
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