Barcelona star, Neymar has been named the most expensive player in Europe’s top five leagues by the CIES Football Observatory study. The Brazilian edged out fierce rivals, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who came 2nd and 7th respectively in the list.

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“The statistical model through which prices are calculated includes multiple variables on player performance (minutes, goals, etc.) and characteristics (age, contract, etc.), as well as data on employer clubs and potential recruiting ones.” CIES explained.