Liverpool sensation Raheem Sterling the seventh most valuable player in the world, above Suarez, claims new study

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling is valued by a new study as the seventh most valuable in the world.

Liverpool sold Luis Suarez for £86 million in the summer, but do they have a player who is truly more valuable?

20-year-old sensation Raheem Sterling has been named as the seventh most valuable player in world football by a new study released by the CIES Football Observatory.

Sterling is rated at €63 million, with the only players above him being Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and Sergio Aguero.

Notable players he is regarded as higher than include Cesc Fabregas, Gareth Bale and Alexis Sanchez, who he was recently compared to by manager Brendan Rodgers.

Luis Suarez however is considered to be worth €48 million, the 16th highest player in the world, but below Manchester United's Angel di Maria.

Sterling's estimated value speaks volumes for his growing reputation, crowned earlier in the season as the winner of Europe's prestigious Golden Boy award, won by Paul Pogba last season.

It makes Liverpool's need to keep him even greater, with contract talks ongoing - but the clubs interested in his signature are only likely to intensify their desire as time goes on.

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