The Daily Mirror reports that a study has voted Tottenham striker, Harry Kane, as the most valuable player in world football, ahead of the likes of Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo.
The CIES Football Observatory study of Europe’s top five leagues uses a complex algorithm to compile its list, with factors such as players’ displays, their club performances, international status, and length of contract, age and position assessed to estimate their latest value.
The sample is updated every six months, and now Kane, after another prolific season in front of goal, has risen from third to top spot, with an estimated value of €201.2m (£176.25m), ahead of Neymar who is valued at €195.7m (£171.74m), and his PSG team mate Kylian Mbappe.
Messi, despite winning a domestic league and cup double with Barcelona, has dropped to fourth. Four other Premier League players, Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah, Spurs’ Dele Alli, Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku also feature in the top 10.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.