The twenty-seven year old FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is number one in CIES Football Observatory semi-annual list of the most valuable football players in the world. Messi’s transfer value reached $262 million.
International Centre for Sports Studies Football Observatory is a private foundation affiliated to the University of Neuchâtel based in Switzerland. Since 2009, the observatory used an algorithm based on 1,500 fee-paying club transfers to compute the current transfer value of athletes.
The Argentinean footballer outranks Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo with $104 million difference.
Messi who is one of the most highest paid athlete earns more than $50 million per year with his current football club. Rumors say, Messi might leave Barca for Manchester City and Chelsea.