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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have the heftiest price tags on the list.
DREAM ON

$745,000,000 would buy you Europe’s best soccer team

By Hanna Kozlowska

European soccer fans have spoken and they’ve chosen their ultimate dream team, UEFA, the sport’s governing body on the continent announced Friday. So grab your nearest Russian oligarch or Gulf investor and ask him for $745 million, because that’s how much you will need to purchase Europe’s most popular soccer players, according to estimated January 2015 transfer values.

Your mogul will have to work it out with the owners of Bayern Munich, which has four players on the list, and Real Madrid, which has three. German and Spanish teams dominate the team, with one player each from the English and French leagues. The most expensive players are FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi ($260 million) and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ($157 million), who are also the main contenders for the Ballon d’Or, FIFA’s best player award along with Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, the dream team’s goalie.

Here’s the full list of players, along with the price tags. It is based on transfer values for January 2015 calculated by the research group (pdf) Football Observatory, part of International Centre for Sports Studies. The Observatory provided Quartz with additional data.

Player Worth (in $m) Position Club Team National Team
Lionel Messi 260 Forward FC Barcelona Argentina
Cristiano Ronaldo 157 Forward Real Madrid Portugal
Ángel Di María 67 Midfielder Manchester United Argentina
Toni Kroos 49 Midfielder Real Madrid Germany
Manuel Neuer 41 Goalkeeper Bayern Munich Germany
Sergio Ramos 39 Defender Real Madrid Spain
David Alaba 34 Defender Bayern Munich Austria
Arjen Robben 30 Midfielder Bayern Munich Netherlands
Diego Godin 27 Defender Atlético Madrid Uruguay
Philipp Lahm 21 Defender Bayern Munich Germany
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 20 Forward Paris Saint-Germain Sweden