Top 10 most expensive players on Football Manager 2017

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Football Manager 2017 will appear on the shelves tomorrow and in case you are completely oblivious to the game - it is usually pretty awesome.

Fans often berate their manager for making ridiculous decisions and taking their beloved team in the wrong direction so FM is the closest they get to try and prove they could do a better job.

The incredible detail and accuracy of the game is one of the main factors behind its huge popularity and ability to get people buying the new edition each year.

And it certainly isn't just thrown together. Over 1,300 scouts and researchers are used across 51 countries to provide the most comprehensive database ever seen in sports video game.

So as you start considering which team you want to start off your first career with, the developers at Sports Interactive have announced who the most expensive stars on this year's edition will be.

Ability, reputation, contract length and career history are all factors that are considered before a player's value is decided but that can still throw up a few shocks in the top 10.

The biggest surprise this year is actually Cristiano Ronaldo, who hasn't even made the cut, despite being the favourite to pick up this year's Ballon d'Or after winning the Champions League and European Championships with Real Madrid and Portugal respectively.

Likewise, Luis Suarez also misses out following another fine year spearheading Barcelona's deadly attack.

His teammate Lionel Messi has made the list but probably won't be too impressed with his value either.

Here are the top 10, as per The Mirror:

10) Alexis Sanchez - £50 million

Arsenal's Chilean talisman starts the countdown and remains one of the Gunners' key men as they attempt to end their Premier League drought. Fail to do so and he could potentially be prised away from the Emirates at a starting price of £50 million.

9) Eden Hazard - £50 million

Hazard is actually worth the same as Sanchez despite a disappointing 2015/16.

His bumper contract at Chelsea that isn't set to expire until 2020 might explain why he is still valued so highly and the Belgian's start the current campaign has proven last season was just a blip.

8) Lionel Messi - £52 million

Barcelona fans will have every right to feel aggrieved at Messi's seemingly harsh valuation but for gamers who will take charge of rival European giants, it could just leave the door open for a potentially cheeky bid.

7) Sergio Aguero - £52 million

Manchester City's star is the third Premier League player to appear with another arguably low estimated value.

6) Robert Lewandowski - £54 million

A bit surprisingly, Lewandowski is the only Bundesliga ace to be included but potential poachers from Spain and England will have still have to fork out a pricey £54 million - at least - to secure his services.

5) Paul Pogba - £54 million

Manchester United may have paid a record-breaking £89 million to sign Pogba from Juventus last summer but FM think the French midfielder is currently worth the same as Lewandowski.

4) Kevin De Bruyne - £55 million

Even some Man City fans might be surprised to see De Bruyne ahead of Aguero on the list but the clever people at FM clearly have high hopes for the Belgian attacker.

3) Mesut Ozil - £55 million

The assist king himself gets on the podium and is considered the highest valued player from the Premier League. The current uncertainty surrounding his contract hasn't been enough to deter the developers from handing Ozil a bumper price tag.

2) Gareth Bale - £60 million

If the game had been produced before Bale recently signed his eye-watering new deal at the Bernabeu, there's every chance he would top the list.

As a result, this might realistically be the only chance to potentially sign the Welshman for the next few editions of FM, so make the most of it!

1) Neymar - £62 million

The Brazilian superstar signed a new contract in the summer which more than likely made the big difference in FM's rankings.

Neymar is still just 24-years-old and has the world at his feet. Good luck trying to persuade Barcelona to part ways with Messi's natural successor!

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