RANKED: The 25 most valuable soccer players in Europe

Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. Getty Images

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).

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