Messi, Neymar, Pogba: Top 20 players with the highest estimated transfer value

Check out the CIES Observatory's list of players' estimated transfer values.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
17th June 2017

article:17th June 2017

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may be the two best footballers on the planet, but neither of them can lay claim to being the most valuable, according to the CIES Football Observatory.

A list of footballers ranked according to estimated transfer values places Messi at 4th and Ronaldo at 11th. Neymar, Dele Alli, and Harry Kane are the three players who place ahead of Messi.


The top 20 is dominated by Premier League players (9), while Barcelona is unsurprisingly the most-represented club, with its famed strike force trio of Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar all in the top six.

No defender makes it in to the top 20, underlining the premium placed on high-end attacking talent.

Estimated transfer values are determined according to the player’s age, contract, position, international status, and performance for their club, as well as the club’s performance itself.


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Messi, Neymar, Pogba: Top 20 players with the highest estimated transfer value

Check out the CIES Observatory's list of players' estimated transfer values.

20. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) - €85.3 million

20. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) - €85.3 million

19. Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund) - €87.1 million

19. Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund) - €87.1 million

18. Kylian Mbappe (AS Monaco) - €92.6 million

18. Kylian Mbappe (AS Monaco) - €92.6 million

17. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) - €95.9 million

17. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) - €95.9 million

16. Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid) - €97.6 million

16. Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid) - €97.6 million

15. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) - €98.8 million

15. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) - €98.8 million

14. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) - €100.6 million

14. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) - €100.6 million

13. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) - €105.4 million

13. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) - €105.4 million

12. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) - €110.5 million

12. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) - €110.5 million

11. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - €112.4 million

11. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - €112.4 million

10. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) - €115.3 million

10. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) - €115.3 million

9. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) - €117.2 million

9. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) - €117.2 million

8. Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus) - €120.2 million

8. Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus) - €120.2 million

7. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) - €134.3 million

7. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) - €134.3 million

6. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) - €140.8 million

6. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) - €140.8 million

5. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) - €150.3 million

5. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) - €150.3 million

4. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - €151.7 million

4. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - €151.7 million

3. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) - €153.6 million

3. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) - €153.6 million

2. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) - €155.1 million

2. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) - €155.1 million

1. Neymar (Barcelona) - €210.7 million

1. Neymar (Barcelona) - €210.7 million