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10 Most Valuable Players Revealed, Messi Out Of Top 20, CR7 Only 70th

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have fallen further down the ranking of the most valuable football stars, with two Africans and a Ghana refugee in the new top 10.

Click through the gallery above to see the highest-valued players in football, and what they are currently worth, according to CIES.

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), a Swiss-based football statistics institute, has published its latest update on transfer values of Europe’s top players.

Multiple variables were taken into consideration, including players performances, age, contract length and potentially interested clubs.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Kylian Mbappe’s transfer value has remained a lot higher than the rest of the top 10. The 21-year-old still has a contract with PSG until 2023, with his transfer value estimated to be €259.2 million (R4.9 billion).

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Meanwhile, Messi has dropped outside the top 20 for a first time with his contract set to expire next year. The Argentine is now worth €100.1 million (R1.9 billion), which is €37.3 million (R708 million) more than Ronaldo.

The Juventus superstar only sits in 70th position with a worth of €62.8 million (R1.2 billion), but he is the oldest player among the top 100.

The rise of Bayern Munich prodigy Alphonso Davies, who was born in a refugee camp in Ghana to Liberian parents aqnd is now the youngest player in the ranking, has been underlined by his massive rise in value to €133.5 million (R2.5 billion), which has seen him climb in ninth position.

Read: Ronaldo Becomes Football's First Billionaire

Liverpool have three players among the top 10, and you can see the full list of the highest valued players in football in the gallery above.

Do you think Ronaldo and Messi’s drop in transfer value proves there is a new era of football’s superstars ahead of us? Have your say in the comments section below.

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