The player valuations were made by a model that takes into account “age, length of contract remaining, position, player performance at club level for last and previous seasons (matches, minutes, goals, assists, passes, tackles, interceptions, etc.), results of the clubs to which players belong, as well as players’ international experience and results of association represented at national A-team level.”
When a player switches teams in soccer, the club buying him pays the selling team a transfer fee. This Football Observatory study estimates that transfer fee for each player.
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Nearly every player in the top-25 could be described as an attacking player (23 out of 25, with Sergio Busquets and probably Paul Pogba as the lone exceptions).
Eleven of the top-25 players play in the English Premier League, eight play in Spain, two play in France, two play in Germany, and two play in Italy.
The youngest player (Raheem Sterling) is 19 years old. The oldest (Andres Iniesta) is 30.
Here’s the top 25 (club and national team in parenthesis):
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina) — $272-317 million
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal) — $144-167 million
- Luis Suarez (Liverpool, Uruguay) — $134-156 million
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium) — $103-120 million
- Neymar (Barcelona, Brazil) — $86-99 million
- Paul Pogba (Juventus, France) — $83-96 million
- Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, Wales) — $80-92 million
- Mesut Ozil (Arsenal, Germany) — $67-78 million
- Edinson Cavani (PSG, Uruguay) — $65-76 million
- Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich, Germany) — $64-74 million
- Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, Spain) — $64-74 million
- Oscar (Chelsea, Brazil) — $63-$72 million
- Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, Argentina) — $62-72 million
- Isco (Real Madrid, Spain) — $56-65 million
- Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, England) — $53-61 million
- Ross Barkley (Everton, England) — $50-58 million
- Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich, Germany) — $50-$58 million
- Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, England) — $50-58 million
- Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool, England) — $50-58 million
- Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain) — $50-58 million
- Mario Balotelli (AC Milan, Italy) — $48-56 million
- Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, Belgium) — $48-56 million
- Juan Mata (Manchester United, Spain) — $47-54 million
- Sergio Busquets (Barcelona, Spain) — $47-54 million
- James Rodriguez (Monaco, Colombia) — $47-54 million