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FOOTBALL: Messi values €220 million

Published:Wednesday | January 7, 2015 | 9:32 AM

Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the most valuable player in the world, well ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a new study.

It was carried out by the International Centre for Sports Studies Football Observatory.

The study used an algorithm based on 1,500 fee-paying club transfers since 2009 to determine that Messi's current transfer value is €220 million.

It shows that Ronaldo trails far behind at an estimated €133 million.

Messi has been increasingly linked with an exit from Barcelona with both Manchester City and Chelsea reportedly interested in signing the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.

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