Neymar Jr Becomes World’s Most Valuable Player; Messi 4th, Ronaldo 11th

Neymar Becomes World’s Most Valuable Player; Messi 4th, Ronaldo 11th

Messi’s Real Madrid rival and reigning Ballon d’Or holder, Cristiano Ronaldo misses out on the top 10 for the first time as he comes in at 11th, valued at (£99m/$125m).

Neymar has beaten Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi to be named the most valuable footballer on the planet.

According to the new ratings by the renowned CIES Football Observatory, the 25-year-oldBrazil superstar is valued at £185 million ($234m), easily beating his closest rival, Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli, who’s valued at £137m ($173m), according to Goal.

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The list uses an algorithm that factors in indices such as players’ performance, employer clubs, international status, contract, age and position.

Five-time World Player of The Year, Messi, had been immovable atop the list for much of the past decade, but drops off this year as he approaches his 30th birthday.

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Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann (£132m ($167m) is 5th fifth), Spurs striker Harry Kane (£135m ($171m), 3rd and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (£104m ($131m) is ninth.

Ronaldo, 32, remains the oldest player in the list of 110 players, while Monaco’s wunderkind Kylian Mbappe comes in at 18th, valued at (£81m/$102m).

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Top 10 Most Valuable Players
  1.  Neymar, Barcelona, £185m ($234m)
  2. Dele Alli, Tottenham, £137m ($173m)
  3. Harry Kane, Tottenham, £135m ($171m)
  4. Lionel Messi, Barcelona, £134m ($170m)
  5. Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid, £132m ($167m)
  6. Luis Suarez, Barcelona,£124m ($157m)
  7. Paul Pogba, Manchester United, £119m ($150m)
  8. Gonzalo Higuain, Juventus,£106m ($134m)
  9. Eden Hazard, Chelsea, £104m ($131m)
  10. Paulo Dybala, Juventus, £102m ($129m)

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