Ever wondered who really is the most valuable player in world football right now?
We can debate the topic as much as we want, but how about some actual science to prove just who is top of the pops?
Luckily that’s where the CIES Observatory come in.
Paul Pogba might be the most expensive player on the planet, but in their meticulous research he doesn’t even make the top five.
But what’s taken into consideration to establish their findings?
Well the factors involved are the performance of both players and their clubs, international status, contract, age and position.
And according to their research, Barcelona superstar Neymar leads the way – and by quite some distance.
The Brazil icon is valued at €210.7m, way ahead of Tottenham duo Dele Alli (€155.1m) and Harry Kane (€153.6m) who make up the top three.
In fact, a massive 13 Premier League stars make up the top 25 and seven top flight English clubs are represented.
See the full list below, with their valuation in pounds in brackets:
Neymar – Barcelona (185m)
Dele Alli – Tottenham (137m)
Harry Kane – Tottenham (135m)
Lionel Messi – Barcelona (134m)
Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid (132m)
Luis Suarez – Barcelona (124m)
Paul Pogba – Manchester United (119m)
Gonzalo Higuain – Juventus (106m)
Eden Hazard – Chelsea (104m)
Paulo Dybala – Juventus (102m)
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid (99m)
Kevin de Bruyne – Manchester City (98m)
Romelu Lukaku – Everton (93m)
Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich (89m)
Raheem Sterling – Manchester City (87m)
Yannick Carrasco – Atletico Madrid (86m)
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal (85m)
Kylian Mbappe – Monaco (82m)
Ousmane Dembele – Borussi Dortmund (77m)
Roberto Firmino – Liverpool (75m)
Eric Dier – Tottenham (75m)
Diego Costa – Chelsea (74m)
Edinson Cavani – PSG (73m)
Christian Eriksen – Tottenham (73m)