Neymar most valuable player in Europe – CIES Football Observatory study

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DUSHANBE, 17.01.2017. /NIAT Khovar/. Neymar is the most valuable player in Europe � worth about Pound 216m � according to a new study which values 10 players at more than 100m euros, BBC reports.

The Barcelona striker is ahead of team-mate Lionel Messi, who is valued by academics at Pound 149m.

The only England players in the top 10 are Tottenham duo Harry Kane (worth Pound 122m) and Dele Alli (Pound 96m).

Paul Pogba, who joined Manchester United for a record Pound 89m in the summer, is worth Pound 136.4m.

The study has been carried out by a team of academics from the CIES Football Observatory, using a transfer value algorithm.

They have calculated the value using criteria that includes player performance and characteristics, such as age and length of contract.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Ballon d'Or winner and Fifa's world's best player, is seventh on the list at Pound 111m, with Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale 14th and valued at Pound 73.8m, less than the Pound 85.3m he cost the La Liga side in 2013.

Pogba is the only player in the top five not based in Spain, with Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann third at Pound 132m and Barcelona's Luis Suarez fifth (Pound 127m).

There are 42 Premier League players in the top 100 including Chelsea's Eden Hazard (Pound 89m), Manchester United's Anthony Martial (Pound 81m), Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (Pound 75m) and Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (Pound 45m).

West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio makes the list at 100, with a value of Pound 31m.

Source: National information agency of Tajikistan