Top 20: These are the most valuable players in world football, according to CIES

Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli are more valuable than Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, according to analysis by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES).

Barcelona forward Neymar tops the list compiled by the Swiss-based study centre, which gives out the estimated value of the 110 most coveted players in Europe’s top five leagues, using an algorithm based on analysis of almost 2,000 paying fee transfers.

Neymar is valued at €210.7 million under criteria considering performance, club, international status, age, position and marketability.

England internationals Alli and Kane, who have had a good season with Spurs, come second and third on €155.1m and €153.6m, while Messi, who turns 30 later this month and is reportedly on the verge of extending his contract at Camp Nou, comes in fourth on €151.7m.

Ronaldo, who inspired Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double and on the verge of winning a fifth Ballon d’Or at the end of the year, comes in 11th at €112.4m in the CIES standings, below Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Paul Pogba, Gonzalo Higuain, and Paulo Dybala.

Ronaldo is the oldest player on the list, with Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe the youngest.
CIES Football Observatory transfer value estimates

1. Neymar – Barcelona €210.7m
2. Dele Alli – Tottenham €155.1m
3. Harry Kane – Tottenham €153.6m
4. Lionel Messi – Barcelona €151.7m
5. Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid €150.3m
6. Luis Suarez – Barcelona €140.8m
7. Paul Pogba – Manchester United €134.3m
8. Gonzalo Higuain – Juventus €120.2m
9. Eden Hazard – Chelsea €117.2m
10. Paulo Dybala – Juventus €115.3m
11. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid €112.4m
12. Kevin de Bruyne – Manchester City €110.5m
13. Romelu Lukaku – Everton €105.4m
14. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich €100.6m
15. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City €98.8m
16. Yannick Carrasco – Atletico Madrid €97.6m
17. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal €95.9m
18. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco €92.6m
19. Ousmane Dembele – Borussia Dortmund €87.1m
20. Roberto Firmino – Liverpool €85.3
21. Eric Dier – Tottenham €85m
22. Diego Costa – Chelsea €83.4m
23. Edinson Cavani – PSG €82.8m
24. Christian Eriksen – Tottenham €82.5m

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