Leo Messi – The €140 Million Man
Barcelona striker, Leo Messi is widely considered one of the most valuable players in the football world, as his injury scare set the social media and newspapers into a tailspin last Wednesday evening, but he has now been named the most valuable player in terms of market value.
- By Tom Conn Follow @TomConnISF
In a study by Brazilian consulting firm, Pluriconsultoria, Messi was found to be the footballer with the highest market value of €140 million, with Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo coming in second at €96.3 million and Messi’s Barcelona teammate, Andres Iniesta coming in at third with €68.4 million.
The firm used 16 different criteria in determining their results such as age, technical quality, definition, strength, position, the level of championship titles won and international caps.
In what should come as no surprise, the top three players with the highest market value; Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta, also happen to be the three finalists for the coveted Ballon d’Or award.
Among the top 20 players, six are Spanish (Fàbregas, falling from fourth to eighth place; David Silva, rising from 25th to 8th; Sergio Busquets, up from 18th to 15th; Gerard Piqué at 19th and Chelsea’s Juan Mata at 20th).
Out of the 60 players valued there are 14 Spanish, eight Brazilian, seven Argentines, seven Germans, three Portuguese and three Italians.
Spanish clubs dominate this list as Real Madrid has 11 of the 60 players and Barcelona has 10.
The 60 players, broken down by position should come as no surprise as there are 28 forwards, 24 midfielders, seven defenders and one goalkeeper, Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas (€30.2 million).