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Messi More Valuable Than Ronaldo

Posted: Jun 10, 2015 at 1:36 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The CIES Football Observatory has released its top 100 ranking of the highest transfer values for big-5 league footballers. Not surprisingly Lionel Messi heads the table with an estimated value of between €255 and €281 million – more than it would cost to buy half the teams in the English Premier League, Aston Villa is reckoned to be on sale for £100 million.

Messi is also valued at more than twice arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo who is five years his senior which will impact on his value. The rankings are for players in Europe’s Big 5 leagues in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France.

Messi and Ronaldo

Messi and Ronaldo

There is change to the table in this transfer window with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard moving ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona’s Neymar is valued at four while Luis Suarez is a eleventh.

Real Madrid has five players valued in the top 20, compared to Barcelona’s three. Chelsea has five players listed.

Liverpool has two players listed with Raheem Sterling the highest in the list in sixth place and Phillippe Countinho in 17th. Manchester City has one player in the top 20, as do Arsenal and Spurs (Sergio Aguerro, Alexis Sanchis and Harry Kane). Manchester United don’t have any.

Raheem Sterling also comes in at fourth on the ranking of Transfer Probabilities, the first time the CIES has compiled this table.

QPR’s Charlie Austin tops this table with Cagliari’s Albin Ekdal second and Palermo’s Paulo Dybala third.

Meanwhile, Messi has won everything possible with Barcelona, but has been left staring at an empty shelf gathering dust for his Argentina honours.

He wept uncontrollably after losing the 2010 World Cup quarter-final 4-0 to Germany when Argentine legend Diego Maradona was the coach.

And 20,000 Argentine fans will cross the Andes hoping that the jinx is ended at the Copa America starting in Chile on Thursday.

Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Juventus on Saturday provided Messi’s fourth Champions League crown in 10 years. He also has seven Spanish titles and two World Club Cups and has been world player of the year four times.

But Argentina’s defeat to Germany in the World Cup last year extended a national title drought lasting back to the 1993 Copa America.

“Our aim is to win this year,” said Messi, who has nevertheless tasted Olympic gold with his country at the 2008 Beijing Games.

“It’s great to play with the national team, to wear the shirt and to be captain,” Messi said recently. “But getting a title would be the ultimate for me.”