The CIES Football Observatory is happy to disclose the list of the 120 big-5 league players with the highest transfer value. At the top of the table is Lionel Messi. The Argentinean prodigy outranks Cristian Ronaldo and Eden Hazard. The full list is available in issue number 93 of the Big-5 Weekly Post.
With the exception of Raheem Sterling, in the top 10 positions of the ranking are only players under contract with teams that are still competing in the Champions League:
The club with the most representatives in the top 100 of the table is Spanish giant and Champions League title holder Real Madrid:
The transfer values are calculated using an exclusive algorithm developed on the basis of over 1,500 fee paying transfers occurred since 2009. The variables included in our exclusive econometric model refer to player performances (matches, goals, dribbles, etc.), their characteristics (age, position, contract duration, etc.), as well as competition level and results achieved by their teams (clubs and national sides).
For more information, you are kindly invited to read chapter four of this paper on the CIES Football Observatory’s approach for sustainable success.
The analysis received widespread international coverage in the media. Please find below a selection of articles on this topic:
lequipe.fr article 1
lequipe.fr article 2