Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is worth almost €150 million, making him the second most valuable player in the world ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo according to a new report.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is ranked as the most valuable player in the world on the list, but it is the position of Hazard right behind that is likely to provoke a response. Hazard enjoyed a fine Premier League season as Chelsea romped to the title, scoring 12 goals on his way to scooping the PFA Player of the Year award.
Now a report by the CIES Football Observatory, which calculates valuations based on nine different factors including age, contract and experience, claims his form over the past few seasons have elevated him into the world's elite and ahead of current Ballon d'Or holder Ronaldo. It values Hazard at between €135 and €150 million, €20 million more that his Real Madrid rival.
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Hazard was recently linked with a big-money move to the Bernabeu, however he committed his future to signing a new five-and-a-half year deal worth a reported £200,000-per-week back in February.
Despite bagging the European Golden Shoe in Spain this season with 61 goals in all competitions, Ronaldo and Real Madrid had a disappointing season that ultimately cost manager Carlo Ancelotti his job. Los Blancos missed out on the league title to Barcelona and exited the Champions League at the semi-final stage against Juventus, and now former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has been named as the Italian's replacement.
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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero makes it into fourth place on the list, while other notable Premier League entrants include Liverpool's Raheem Sterling (6th, €73-81m), Chelsea's Diego Costa (8th, €69-76m) and Tottenham forward Harry Kane (15th, €51-56m)
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to bring Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain to Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Didier Drogba.
This is according to The Sun, who understand Mourinho is keen to sign a first-class replacement for the departing Chelsea legend - and has subsequently identified Higuain, who is valued at £30 million, as the perfect addition to his Premier League-winning squad.
However, the Blues face stiff competition for Higuain’s services from several high-profile clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus.
Mourinho pleased with decision to sell De Bruyne
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho decided to sell Kevin de Bruyne after the player told him he did not have the mental capacity to play in his system.
A report in The Telegraph claims that there are no regrets at Stamford Bridge over the sale of De Bruyne with officials confident that Mourinho made the right decision.
Wolfsburg agreed an £18m deal with the Blues to sign the Belgian international in January 2014 but could easily double their money by cashing in this summer.