The new year means different things to different people. For some who choose to make resolutions, the beginning of a new year presents opportunities to reach for goals that were not achieved the prior year. Some others may see January 1 as merely being the end of the holiday season and the beginning of the coldest portion of the calendar year. Perhaps the happiest individuals in all the land to see the calendar change from December to January are the parents who have had to deal with their children being home for the Christmas and New Year's holiday break.
As it pertains to world football, the new year brings with it the opening of another transfer window and also a time when player valuations are updated by sources such as the CIES Football Observatory. Even casual fans who first learned about worldwide transfers thanks to recent editions of FIFA could probably produce a solid guess as to who is the most valuable footballer in the world at the start of 2016. It may surprise you to learn, however who is second on the list. That player could very well rise up to the top spot before the end of the year due to several factors, one of which being that he has silenced critics with his performances during the current campaign.
20 Paulo Dybala: €62.5 Million ($68.28 Million)
19 Diego Costa: €65.5 Million ($71.56 Million)
18 Romelu Lukaku: €68.2 Million ($74.51 Million)
17 Gareth Bale: €69.1 Million ($75.49 Million)
16 Robert Lewandowski: €69.6 Million ($76.03 Million)
15 Thomas Muller: €71.3 Million ($77.89 Million)
14 T 13. Philippe Coutinho: €73 Million ($79.75 Million)
13 T 13. Kevin de Bruyne: €73 Million ($79.75 Million)
12 Paul Pogba: €77.3 Million ($84.45 Million)
11 Anthony Martial: €77.8 Million ($84.99 Million)
10 Alexis Sanchez: €81.9 Million ($89.47 Million)
9 Sergio Aguero: €82.1 Million ($89.69 Million)
8 Luis Suarez: €86.3 Million ($94.28 Million)
7 Antoine Griezmann: €88.3 Million ($96.46 Million)
6 Raheem Sterling: €89.8 Million ($98.10 Million)
5 Harry Kane: €91.3 Million ($99.74 Million)
4 Cristiano Ronaldo: €114 Million ($124.54 Million)
3 Eden Hazard: €130.5 Million ($142.56 Million)
2 Neymar: €152.7 Million ($166.82 Million)
1 Lionel Messi: €250.7 Million ($273.88 Million)
No surprise here, as Lionel Messi is, at the very least, one of the greatest overall players in history who features for what was the best club in the world as of the end of 2015. Messi's days being atop these types of list are not yet over, but one can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Barca maestro will be 29-years-old when the 2015-16 European calendar opens, and Messi could, sooner than later, take a backseat to his teammate who is cementing himself as an international superstar and one of the finest players in the world. Neymar is headed toward being the most valuable player in all of world football. He is not yet Messi, though, when it comes to valuations.
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