World’s 15 most valuable footballers, including Harry Kane, Anthony Martial and others

According to a new study, Harry Kane is the FIFTH most valuable footballer in the world.

But Kane is still nearly three times less valuable than Lionel Messi , who remains as the planet’s value-for-money star, despite seeing his stock drop by €17million.

The valuations, calculated by the CIES Football Observatory, is based around an economic model analysing transfer fees, performances and personal characteristics of players, such as their age, position and contract length.

CIES’s advanced technologies have allowed footballers in the big five leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 – to be assessed.

This month’s studies show that while Messi’s value has dropped slightly, that of Neymar has soared in that past six months, rising from €94m to €157m.

Eden Hazard’s torrid time in the Premier League hasn’t left too much damage on his standing, as he finds himself in third spot despite a decrease of €12m on his total value.

But Kane’s rise is remarkable, after adding €35m onto his value – which is now €91m – rising from the mid-20s to fifth spot, ahead of the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez.

Just missing from the top 15 are Robert Lewandowski, Gareth Bale, Romelu Lukaku and Diego Costa, who take 16th to 19th spots respectively.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil , the Premier League’s player of the season so far, is valued at €51m and sits in 27th place.

Football’s most valuable players

15. Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich, €71.3m

14. Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool, €73m

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho reacts after sustaining an injury before being substituted

13. Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City, €73m

12. Paul Pogba, Juventus, €77.3m

Juventus' Paul Pogba

11. Anthony Martial, Manchester United, €77.8m

Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal

10. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal, €81.9m

Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the third goal for Arsenal

9. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City, €82.1m

Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the second goal for Manchester City

8. Luis Suarez, Barcelona, €86.3m

Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring the third goal for Barcelona

7. Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid, €88.3m

6. Raheem Sterling, Manchester City, €89.8m

Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring the first goal for Manchester City

5. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur, €91.3m

Harry Kane celebrates scoring the first goal

4. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, €114m

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's second goal

3. Eden Hazard, Chelsea, €130.5m

Leicester City v Chelsea

2. Neymar, Barcelona, €152.7m

Neymar celebrates after scoring the second goal

1. Lionel Messi, Barcelona, €250.7m

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