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L. Messi, C. Ronaldo, E. Hazard, Neymar …: transfers, the most expensive players of the Mercato

The transfer market, the winter “Mercato”, has been open since 1 January. So who from Messi, Ronaldo, Hazard, Neymar et al. is the most expensive player? 

Created in 1995 and based in Neuchâtel (Switzerland), the International Centre for the study of Sport regularly offers interesting figures about European football. The CIES took advantage of the winter Mercato to unveil its list of the 120 players of the five major championships whose transfer would oblige the buying clubs to spend at least 20 million euros. A list of the beautiful world of course. Figure at the first – and this is not a surprise – the quadruple Ballon d’or Lionel Messi, estimated at 220 million euros. Messi, whose transfer to the PSG in 2016 was raised to the tune of 250 million euros. The following, far enough, the holding of the title of the Golden Ball, Cristiano Ronaldo. Its value is 133 million euros, according to the CIES. Price a priori only indicative since its agent deems a transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo “impossible”.

The last step of the podium of the most expensive players in the world is occupied by the star of Chelsea, Eden Hazard. At almost 24 years (he was born on January 7, ed.), The Belgian is worth 99 million euros. It is followed by another player from Chelsea: Diego Costa, with 84 million euros. Paul Pogba is 5th (€72 million), Sergio Agüero 6th (€65 million), Raheem Sterling 7th (€63 million). Finish the top 10 Francesc Fabregas (€62 million), Alexis Sánchez (€61 million) and Gareth Bale (€60 million). Note that the Brazilian FC Barcelona, Neymar, is not among this top 10 of the most expensive players. Does this ranking reflect the quality of the players in your opinion?

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