Football is the world’s only sport that is truly global. No matter where you live you have heard of stars like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. There are some players in the game that are truly great and in their prime and some wonder kids that experts believe will become world class footballers. These are the most valuable players in the beautiful game.
Using data released by the highly respected and prestigious CIES Football Observatory, we have compiled our list of the top 10 most expensive football players in the world of 2017. These football players are truly world class athletes in every aspect, these players can take the game by the scruff of the neck and change it in an instant.
List of the world’s top 10 most expensive football players 2017
10. Alexis Sanchez (Net Worth $34 million)
The 26 year old Alexis Sanchez has an $89.47 million potential transfer value. The Chilean forward currently plays for English club Arsenal. After winning the Centenario edition of the Copa America this year, the hardworking midfielder will be looking to have a successful season with his club too. Hardworking, talented and an intelligent attacker, Sanchez is adept at drifting in from either flank and creating havoc in the opposition penalty area. His ability to play in different positions and finishing skills make him a lethal forward.
9. Sergio Aguero (Net Worth $34 million)
The deadly Argentine striker currently plays in the blue side of Manchester for Manchester City. He has been valued at $89.69 million, a fee that would be justifiable given his goal scoring reputation. Probably the most important player for his club, Kun Aguero (as he is often known) played a pivotal role in Manchester City’s first Premier League winning campaign in 2011-12. A stocky physique and possessing all the qualities of an all-out striker, Aguero can score a wide variety of goals against any opposition.
8. Luis Suarez (Net Worth $38 million)
This Barcelona player is arguably one of the best out and out strikers on the planet and would command a fee upwards of $ 94.28 million for his signature. The 29 year old Uruguayan can score every type of goal that you can possibly imagine and has won multiple honours with his clubs as well as an individual. Not the most disciplined footballer, Suarez was found guilty of biting an opponent on more than one occasion.
7. Antoine Griezmann (Net Worth $19 million)
One of the standout players of the recently concluded Euro 2016, Antoine Griezmann is a French international playing for Atletico Madrid. Griezmann is a highly technical and naturally gifted striker who works hard for his side, often dropping deep to retrieve possession. He is currently on the radar of some English clubs and the transfer fee could be around $96.46 million.
6. Raheem Sterling (Net Worth $22 million)
Young, English and supremely talented – all these factors make Sterling’s potential transfer value reach $98.10 million. But don’t expect him to move anytime soon as the 21 year old joined Manchester City only a year ago. Breaking onto the scene for Liverpool, Sterling became the most expensive English player ever when City paid $65 million for his services. Mainly deployed as a winger or an inside forward, Sterling also has an eye for goal and is known for his skills and pace with ball.
5. Harry Kane (Net Worth $2 million)
A fan favourite and a crucial part of the Tottenham side, 22 year old Harry Kane is priced at $99.74 million. The centre forward with good shooting ability has already won a golden boot and a PFA Young Player of the Year award. His ability on the ball, hold up play and heading abilities remind one of old fashioned strikers of the English game. Tottenham fans hope he is not sold like some of the previous stars the club has produced including Bale and Modric.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Net Worth $280 million)
In the twilight of his career, Ronaldo is probably the most popular footballer on the planet but undoubtedly the richest. The talismanic Portuguese might not be the fourth best player in the world in a few seasons but his endorsements and fan base make sure his transfer value will reach a figure of $124.54 million. The three time Ballon d’Or winner is expected to win the award again after winning the Champions League and the Euros this year.
3. Eden Hazard (Net Worth $22 million)
25 year old Eden Hazard is expected to become one of the world’s best players by coaches and fans alike. Thus it is no surprise the Belgian midfielder who plays for Chelsea has a potential value of $142.56 million. With Chelsea not getting Champions League football this year, don’t be surprised if Real Madrid does come in with that number. His mesmerizing dibbling skills and playmaking ability has often led to comparisons with Messi. He is hardworking, determined and has all the ingredients of becoming a legend.
2. Neymar Junior (Net Worth $75 million)
Brazilian forward Neymar who became South American Footballer of the Year at just 19 was hailed as a prodigy from a very young age. He has gone onto fulfil expectations since joining Spanish side Barcelona and has become not only one of the most talented but also marketable athlete of his generation. With skills and tricks to humiliate the best defenders, Neymar is good at using both feet and is valued at the astronomical fee of $166.82 million.
1. Lionel Messi (Net Worth $210 million)
The greatest player ever to kick a ball, the magisterial Messi has the mind boggling transfer value of $273.88 million. With uncountable records and honours with his club side Barcelona, Messi is on top of our list. Although he hasn’t won anything with Argentina he has taken them to four finals in international competitions – losing all in heart-breaking fashion. With five Ballon d’Ors and four Champions League titles, the genius is known for being a prolific scorer and equally good at setting others up. With dribbling ability no other player can match Messi is used to doing the impossible.
That was our list of the most expensive football players with highest potential transfer fees who would force clubs to break the bank for their signature.