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World Cup fantasy football: The most expensive player on the game – revealed

The Premier League season may be done and dusted, but that doesn’t mean fantasy football is heading for a summer break.

Hell no.

If anything it’s just warming up.

DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP Click here to pre-register for this summer’s brilliant game

Harry Kane will lead the England challenge at the World Cup in Russia

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There’s this small thing called the World Cup this summer

That’s because Dream Team World Cup is landing ahead of the greatest show on Earth in Russia this summer.

The game officially launches on June 1 but you can pre-register for the game well already.

How to pre-register for Dream Team World Cup

  • Download the Dream Team app
  • Create an account
  • Click on the World Cup banner on the homepage
  • Pre-register and wait for further details

Gareth Southgate named his England World Cup squad this afternoon

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Your chance to emulate Southgate

It’s completely free to enter, there’s £175k up for grabs and you can play outside the UK (although non-UK players won’t be able to play for money).

So, without further ado, it’s time to announce the most expensive player on the game this summer.

Now when we’re blessed to have the two greatest players of all time still killing it in the modern game, it makes for a tough decision.

But we were never going to sit on the fence, which is why the honour goes to… Lionel Messi.

Magical Messi

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Magical Messi

Yes, that sound you can hear is Cristiano Ronaldo quietly sobbing in the corner.

Messi will cost you £8m on Dream Team World Cup, a fair chunk of that £50m budget you’re handed from the start.

After carrying Argentina to the final in 2014 and winning the Golden Ball award for best player, he’s ready to go one step further in Russia this summer.

Messi missed out in 2014

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Messi missed out in 2014

Maybe next time mate

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Maybe next time mate

And with the Argies pitted against Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D there’s potential for goals galore.

Messi, as you already know, is a phenomenon – and he reaches new levels on fantasy football.

We’ve done some number crunching with the help of WhoScored and worked out that Messi, if eligible on the Dream Team season game this season, would have scored a whopping 512 points.

At club level he’s unstoppable

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At club level he’s unstoppable

That’s exactly 100 more than this season’s Premier League leading points scorer Mo Salah and over 50 more than Cristiano Ronaldo’s Dream Team record.

He would have also collected the Star Man award an incredible 29 times from 45 appearances – and this doesn’t include his Copa del Rey data.

Utterly obscene numbers.

Can anyone outshine him this summer?

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Can anyone outshine him this summer?

Add to that the fact Messi was the highest rated player at the 2014 World Cup and you’ve got a man who simply has to be picked.

He’s costly, but ultimately he’s priceless.

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