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Salah & Messi Drop Among Most Valuable Stars, CR7 Stays Outside Top 10

African superstar Mohamed Salah and FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi have both dropped among the world’s most valuable footballers, while Cristiano Ronaldo has remained outside the 10 highest-valued stars.

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 the transfer values of Europe’s top players. Multiple variables were taken into consideration, including player performances, age, contract length and potentially interested clubs.

In CIES’ latest edition of their ranking, Kylian Mbappe has stayed ahead of Harry Kane at the top. The Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid is valued at €218.5 million (R3.48 billion), while the Tottenham Hotspur man’s worth is estimated at €200.3 million (R3.19 billion).

Neymar, who is valued at €197.1 million (R3.14 billion), completes the podium, followed by Raheem Sterling, who climbed above Mohamed Salah and Lionel Messi. Sterling is valued at €185.8 million (R2.96 billion), slightly more than Salah with €184.3 million (R1.84 billion).

Messi, meanwhile, is estimated at €171.2 million (R2.73 billion), which saw him drop behind Paulo Dybala, with his countryman now being valued at €171.9 million (R2.74 billion).

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Further down the ranking, Cristiano Ronaldo saw his worth slightly increase to €127.2 million (R2.03 billion), but he remained outside the top 10 in 19th place.

Do you think Messi is only the seventh-most valuable player in the world? Have your say in the comments section below.


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