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Revealed: The men who are more expensive than Messi and Ronaldo in transfer market

Mirror logo Mirror 12/06/2017 Jake Polden

If asked to predict who would command the biggest transfer fee in world football you'd likely name either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. 

The duo have dominated the Ballon d'Or trophy since 2008, and between them won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey in the season just gone.

But according to a survey from the CIES Football Observatory research team, the talented pair are not even featured in the top three spots.

In fact it is Messi's Barcelona teammate Neymar who occupies the top spot, with a price tag of £185million, while two Englishmen sit proudly in second and third.

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Tottenham's Dele Alli features behind the Brazilian in second, with a £137million price tag while Spurs striker Harry Kane comes in third with a £135million valuation.

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Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi features in a lowly fourth with a £134million price tag, while the four-time winner of the elite award, Ronaldo, comes in 11th with a £99million valuation.

The CIES Football Observatory algorithm is based on the analysis of almost 2,000 paying fee transfers.

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Factors that help predict the transfer fees include the current performance of an individual player, including how well his club is doing.

The player's international status also comes into account, as well his current contract - when it is due to expire for instance - age and position.

It seems the age of both Messi and Ronaldo has seen their price tags reduced, despite them apparently ticking all the boxes in the other categories.

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