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RANKED: The 25 most valuable soccer players in Europe, all worth over €100 million

Neymar and Kylian Mbappé.
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A prominent research group in Switzerland has put together a list of "estimated transfer values" for the most expensive soccer players in Europe.

The ranking makes for interesting reading as Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time Champions League winner, barely makes the list (down from 11th last year) and Neymar, who smashed the world transfer fee record when he left FC Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a $260 million deal last summer, fails to make top spot.

Football think tank CIES Football Observatory researched data from 5,000 paid transfers over a seven year period and used those figures to assess "fair" transfer values for active soccer players in the top five European leagues - the Premier League (England), La Liga (Spain), Bundesliga (Germany), Serie A (Italy), and Ligue 1 (France).

Factors like talent level, contract duration, and the age of each specific soccer player come into effect in this ranking, as does the status of the recruiting club.

CIES discovered, through speaking with market actors (club executives operating in elite soccer), that "the status of the recruiting club has a major influence in determining the transfer price."

Here are the 25 most valuable soccer players competing in Europe right now, ranked in ascending order:

25: Marc-André ter Stegen, FC Barcelona goalkeeper — €100.5 million ($117.7 million).

25: Marc-André ter Stegen, FC Barcelona goalkeeper — €100.5 million ($117.7 million).
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24: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid striker — €103.4 million ($121.1 million).

Cristiano Ronaldo — Juventus F.C. and Portugal national team striker.
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23: Lorenzo Insigne, Napoli attacker — €104.2 million ($122 million).

25: AS Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne is worth €104.7 million ($120.7 million).
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22: Gonzalo Higuaín, Juventus striker — €104.5 million ($122.4 million).

22: Gonzalo Higuaín, Juventus striker — €104.5 million ($122.4 million).
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21: Ederson Moraes, Manchester City goalkeeper — €104.6 million ($122.5 million).

21: Ederson Moraes, Manchester City goalkeeper — €104.6 million ($122.5 million).
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20: Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder — €106.2 million ($124.4 million).

20: Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder — €106.2 million ($124.4 million).
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19: Samuel Umtiti, FC Barcelona defender — €111.5 million ($130.6 million).

19: Samuel Umtiti, FC Barcelona defender — €111.5 million ($130.6 million).
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18: Luis Suárez, FC Barcelona striker — €120.4 million ($141 million).

23: FC Barcelona striker Luis Suárez is worth €109.3 million ($126 million).
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17: Eden Hazard, Chelsea attacker — €124.7 million ($146 million).

17: Eden Hazard, Chelsea attacker — €124.7 million ($146 million).
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16: Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City striker — €140.3 million ($164.3 million).

15: Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is worth €134.6 million ($155 million).
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15: Roberto Firmino, Liverpool FC striker — €142.6 million ($167 million).

15: Roberto Firmino, Liverpool FC striker — €142.6 million ($167 million).
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14: Paul Pogba, Manchester United midfielder — €144.9 million ($169.7 million).

17: Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is worth €130.3 million ($150 million).
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13: Leroy Sané, Manchester City forward — €152.2 million ($178.3 million).

13: Leroy Sané, Manchester City forward — €152.2 million ($178.3 million).
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12: Philippe Coutinho, FC Barcelona forward — €154.6 million ($181 million).

12: Philippe Coutinho, FC Barcelona forward — €154.6 million ($181 million).
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11: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City forward — €155.1 million ($181.7 million).

11: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City forward — €155.1 million ($181.7 million).
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10: Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United striker — €163.4 million ($191.4 million).

10: Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United striker — €163.4 million ($191.4 million).
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9: Paulo Dybala, Juventus forward — €164.2 million ($192.3 million).

9: Paulo Dybala, Juventus forward — €164.2 million ($192.3 million).
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8: Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid forward — €164.5 million ($192.7 million).

8: Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid forward — €164.5 million ($192.7 million).
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7: Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City midfielder — €167.2 million ($196 million).

Kevin de Bruyne — Manchester City and Belgium national team midfielder.
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6: Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder — €171 million ($200.4 million).

6: Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder — €171 million ($200.4 million).
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5: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool FC forward — €171.3 million ($200.7 million).

Mohamed Salah — Liverpool FC and Egypt national team forward.
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4: Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona forward — €184.2 million ($215.9 million).

4: Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona forward — €184.2 million ($215.9 million).
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3: Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain forward — €186.5 million ($218.6 million).

3: Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain forward — €186.5 million ($218.6 million).
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2: Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain forward — €195.7 million ($229.4 million).

2: Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain forward — €195.7 million ($229.4 million).
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1: Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur striker — €201.2 million ($235.8 million).

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