Ever wondered who the most valuable football players in the world are? Seemingly, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the first two that comes to mind. But, from the recent CIES Football Observatory findings for 2015, there are some alterations that are sure to shock you.

Another shocker is the fact that Premier League is called overrated while La Liga seems to be ranked as the best league in the world. Nevertheless, five of the top 10 most valuable players in the world play in the Premier League today.

Not shocking enough? Here’s the best surprise for you.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is ranked higher than Cristiano Ronaldo. And in case you are wondering why then you need to look past the goal tallies players make in La Liga. Hazard single-handedly led Chelsea to Premier League title this season. Six years younger than Ronaldo, better abilities and possibly the best European target for any club, Eden Hazard is a magician in the domestic league in England.

Eden Hazard, who won his first premier league title and grabbed the Premier League’s Player of the Year award has been a sensation in England. His current contract for five-years pays him £57m.

Top 10 Most Valuable Football Players In 2015

RankPlayer NameCurrent ClubMarket Value Age
1.Lionel MessiBarcelona€280 million27
2.Eden HazardChelsea€148.9 million24
3.Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid€124.7 million30
4.Neymar Jr.Barcelona€98.5 million23
5.Sergio AgueroManchester City€86 million27
6.Raheem SterlingLiverpool€81 million20
7.Paul PogbaJuventus€77.3 million22
8.Diego CostaChelsea€76.9 million26
9.Alexis SanchezArsenal€74.6 million26
10.James RodriguezReal Madrid€68.8 million23

The research is done by CIES Football Observatory, an academic research group based in Switzerland.

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The research is said to have been done on econometric algorithm taking accounts – performance, age, position, contract duration and the achievement the club made in 2015.

Chelsea is celebrated as the best club in England today with five players in the world’s top 20 valuable football players list. Cesc Fabregas, Thibaut Courtois, and Oscar all feature in the top 20 while other five players make their way in the top 100 list.

The research also ranked Barcelona as the world’s most valuable club in 2015 with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Arsenal closely following.

2015’s Top 10 Most Valuable Footballers – A Sneak Peek

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Messi is widely known as the best player in the world and arguably regarded by many as the greatest of all time. For the most part, Messi is the only player in history with up to five FIFA Ballon d’Or awards under his belt.

Date of birth: 24 June 1987

Place of birth: Rosario, Argentina

Height: 1.7 m

Football club: F.C Barcelona

Eden Hazard

Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for English club Chelsea and the Belgium national team. The acclaimed player is ranked by coaches, fans, and analysts as one of the best footballers in the world. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and as a wide midfielder. He is often compared to Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Date of birth: 7 January 1991

Place of birth: La Louvière, Belgium

Height: 1.73 m

Football club: Chelsea F.C

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. In addition to being considered the best player in the world, he’s widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time with several FIFA Ballon d’Or awards under his belt. His very successful career also boasts the highest European Golden Shoes ever won by a player among other awards and trophies.

Date of birth: 5 February 1985

Place of birth: Funchal, Portugal

Height: 1.85 m

Football club: Real Madrid

Neymar Jr

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for F.C Barcelona and the Brazil national team. He made his professional debut at the age of 17 and is arguably one of the best players as well as one of the most valuable football players in the world.

Date of birth: 5 February 1992

Place of birth: Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil

Height: 1.75 m

Football club: F.C Barcelona

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Leonel “Kun” Agüero is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentina national team. Sergio’s career started at Independiente. Subsequently, He became the youngest player to debut in the Argentine Primera División at 15 years and 35 days in 2003. This smashed the record previously established by Diego Maradona in 1976.

Date of birth: 2 June 1988

Place of birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Height: 1.73 m

Football club: Manchester City

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Shaquille Sterling is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool and the England national team. He signed for Liverpool in 2010. However, in July 2015, after much drama over a new contract, he was signed by Manchester City in a transfer potentially worth £49 million.

Date of birth: 8 December 1994

Place of birth: Kingston, Jamaica

Height: 1.7 m

Football club: Liverpool F.C

Paul Pogba

Paul Labile Pogba is a French professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Italian club Juventus and the France national team. He started his career with Manchester United in 2011 and later joined Juventus in 2012. He’s no doubt one of the best players in the world.

Date of birth: 15 March 1993

Place of birth: Lagny-Sur-Marne, France

Height: 1.91 m

Football club: Juventus F.C

Diego Costa

Diego da Silva Costa is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Chelsea and the Spain national team. He’s a talented striker who has made waves on the pitch while playing for his home country Brazil and adopted country Spain.

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Date of birth: 7 October 1988

Place of birth: Lagarto, Sergipe, Brazil

Height: 1.86 m

Football club: Chelsea F.C

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a forward for English club Arsenal and the Chile national team. He started his career as a youth player for Cobreloa at age 17.

Date of birth: 19 December 1988

Place of birth: Tocopilla, Chile

Height: 1.69 m

Football club: Arsenal F.C

James Rodriguez

James David Rodríguez Rubio is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Real Madrid and captains the Colombia national team. His outstanding technique, vision and playmaking skills ranked him as one of the best players of his generation. Admittedly, his skills also put him on the list of top 10 most valuable football players in the world.

Date of birth: 12 July 1991

Place of birth: Cúcuta, Colombia

Height: 1.8 m

Football club: Real Madrid