Every month, the CIES Football Observatory updates the transfer valuations of big-5 league players. Mohamed Salah has overtaken Lionel Messi on the list of the world’s most valuable footballers, while Juventus man Cristiano Ronaldo is nowhere to be seen on the list.
10. Antoine Griezmann -£157.7 million
Le plus important dans un but c’est sa célébration 💁🏻♂😂 pic.twitter.com/bfpRjHmNU9
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) October 17, 2018
The 27-year-old has proved to be an instrumental figure in France’s road to the World Cup final, managing 3 goals and engineering 2 assists in the process. On top of that, the Frenchman was particularly impressive in the 2017-18 season where he inspired Atletico Madrid to their third Europa League title.
9. Dele Alli -£163.4 million
— Dele (@dele_official) November 10, 2018
Dele Alli is a prized asset of Tottenham Hotspur for many different reasons. He is not only a creative player who can find crucial breakthroughs for his team but can also bring out the best in his teammates.
Harry Kane is a great example of how Alli influences the players around him. In the World Cup 2018, the 22-year-old helped his team reach the semi-finals of the tournament.
8. Romelu Lukaku -£164.3 million
— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) August 4, 2018
Despite netting 27 times for United last season and being his team’s clearest attacking threat, the burly Belgian suffered quiet spells in the middle of the campaign and will have been disappointed that his efforts weren’t rewarded with any silverware.
His importance to United is clear, though. We don’t need to mention his World Cup brilliance.
7. Raheem Sterling -£164.6 million
Have to give thanks!!!!!🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/afe3dQkgVT
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) September 1, 2018
Sterling’s stellar season at Manchester City has propelled him into the game’s elite, with the CIES Football Observatory’s valuation of €164.6m. His contribution to City’s record-breaking season was immense.
Along with the other two Englishmen in the top 10 of this list, Sterling represented the best opportunity England had of success at the World Cup last summer.
6. Lionel Messi -£170.6 million
— Team Messi (@TeamMessi) June 26, 2018
The standout footballer of this generation along with Cristiano Ronaldo (who failed to make the cut), Lionel Messi appears to be ageing like red wine! Although he underwent another disastrous international campaign at the World Cup, it would be criminal to turn a blind eye to his invaluable contributions for Barcelona last season.
The way Lionel Messi almost single-handedly led his side to glory is one for the books. He couldn’t make it to the top five though.
5. Phillipe Coutinho -£171.3 million
Philipe Coutinho during the game. pic.twitter.com/fhsPUnP2Mn
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 6, 2018
Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 and slotted seamlessly into the Catalans’ starting line-up, scoring eight goals and recording five assists in his 18 La Liga appearances.
The 25-year-old is took his deadly form to Russia ahead of a first full season at the Camp Nou.