Identified: Most valuable player in PL - not €44m Suarez, so who?

Top 20 most valuable players at 2014 World Cup are tabled but who ranks highest from England? Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United featured…

Pluri Sportmetric, a research company in Portugal, have calculated the most valuable players who will be competing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. One Englishman makes the list, perhaps controversially, as he is ahead of two of the Premier League's top scorers of the current season: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Luis Suarez of Liverpool.

The data demonstrates that reigning World Cup holders Spain still contain the most well-balanced team based on current market valuations as La Furia Roja contain four members of the top 20, as detailed below. Argentina, though, have the most expensive strike force at €183.3m while Brazil are not far behind with their first-choice pairing valued at €113.6m

According to the Pluri analysis report, players were considered based upon 77 evaluation criteria with the most important factors considered to be, in no particular order: 'age, technical quality, tactical aspects, strength and conditioning, discipline and team ethic, playing position, level of championship, international experience, achievements to date, adaptability and current market demand.'

Out of all the Premier League players available, who do you believe to be the most valuable? Pluri Sportmetric's calculations may surprise you…

Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona €139.6m
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid €104.2m
Neymar Brazil Barcelona €67.4m
Edinson Cavani Uruguay PSG €63m
Radamel Falcao Colombia AS Monaco €59.1m
Mesut Ozil Germany Arsenal €54m
Andres Iniesta Spain Barcelona €53.7m
Mario Gotze Germany Bayern Munich €48.4m
Wayne Rooney England Manchester United €48.2m
Franck Ribery France Bayern Munich €46.8m
Thomas Muller Germany Bayern Munich €46.6m
Hulk Brazil Zenit St Petersburg €46.2m
Juan Mata Spain Chelsea €46.1m
Luis Suarez Uruguay Liverpool €44.8m
Eden Hazard Belgium Chelsea €44.3m
Sergio Aguero Argentina Manchester City €43.7m
Sergio Busquets Spain Barcelona €43.2m
Cesc Fabregas Spain Barcelona €41.9
Arturo Vidal Chile Juventus €41.7m
Robin van Persie Netherlands Manchester United €40.3m

Two of the most renowned players in world football - Gareth Bale and Robert Lewandowski - were considered in the valuation process but ultimately did not make the cut on the final table as neither Wales, nor Poland, succeeded in obtaining progression to the tournament finals next summer, in Brazil.

However, if they did make the trip, Bale would have been valued at €76.3m, ranking him third ahead of Brazil's Neymar, while Lewandowski would have slotted in at position 19, with a €42.4m, pushing Vidal to 20th and Robin van Persie out of the top 20.

image: © Aitor Escauriaza

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