The Most Expensive Athlete In The World Lionel Messi Is Valued At $260 Million The World's Highest-Paid Soccer Players
The Most Expensive Athlete In The World Lionel Messi Is Valued At $260 Million

It would cost a team a lot of money to acquire Leo.

With the transfer window now open in many of the world’s top soccer leagues, the CIES Football Observatory has released their semi-annual list of the most valuable football players in the world.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona in Spain’s La Liga tops the list with a staggering transfer value of $262 million (€220 million) and nobody else is even close.

And that would just be the estimated cost of acquiring the rights to the Argentinean footballer. If a team were able to convince Barcelona to sell Messi, the new club would then have to negotiate a new contract with the player.

Messi reportedly makes slightly more than $50 million per year with his current contract at Barça.

There are a lot of valuable athletes in North America, and while this side of the Atlantic uses a different means of transferring players between teams, it is hard to imagine any team would pay $262 million for their rights and then give them a $50 million annual salary.

Messi’s transfer value is calculated by examining transfer fees since 2009 and variables such as recent performance, age, position, current contract, and team performance.

For many of the world’s top association football leagues, January marks the mid-season transfer window where clubs are given approximately one month to add players from international leagues.

Here is the rest of the top 10:

    Lionel Messi, Barcelona (Spain) — $262 million (€220 million)
    Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid (Spain) — $158 million (€133 million)
    Eden Hazard, Chelsea (England) — $118 million (€99 million)
    Diego Costa, Chelsea (England) — $100 million (€84 million)
    Paul Pogba,  Juventus (Italy) — $86 million (€72 million)
    Sergio Agüero, Manchester City (England) — $77 million (€65 million)
    Raheem Sterling, Liverpool (England) — $75 million (€63 million)
    Francesc Fàbregas, Chelsea (England) — $74 million (€62 million)
    Alexis Sánchez, Arsenal (England) — $73 million (€61 million)
    Gareth Bale, Real Madrid (Spain) — $71 million (€60 million)

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