The 25-year-old is currently world’s third best footballer following this year’s Ballon d’Or awards where he was beaten to the ultimate gong by the phenomenal Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, Barcelona forward Neymar has now beaten the best of the best in the money league after the Brazilian was rated as the most expensive footballer in the world end according to a new study by the CIES Football Observatory.

In the publication, Neymar emerged as the most valuable footballer on the planet, ahead of Messi and Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli based on certain key criteria after being valued at an eye-poking £185m.

Some of the criteria used are performance, employer clubs, international status, contract, age, position and marketability and the project profiles a list of 110 most desirable players in Europe’s top five leagues with each member being valued at a minimum of £40m

The exclusive CIES Football Observatory algorithm is based on the thorough analysis of almost 2,000 paying fee transfers and the variables have led to the Premier League being heavily represented.

Closely behind Neymar in second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh positions are Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Paul Pogba of Manchester United respectively.

The oldest player to make the list is Ronaldo, with the evergreen 32-year-old Real Madrid and Portugal star 11th on the list at a value of £99m.

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