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

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have the heftiest price tags on the list.
By Hanna Kozlowska
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

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.

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

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