A look at ten of the world’s most valuable big-name footballers.
This list takes into account a player’s current market value, future earning potential, sponsorship revenue and long term marketability.
10. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
The Argentine star has established himself as one of the best strikers in the world, having already made two big-money moves in his career so far, at only the age of 24. Aguero first joined Atletico Madrid as a teenager for £19million and his displays in Spain attracted the attention of Manchester City, who then paid £38million for him, making him their record signing. He has gone on to enhance his reputation playing in the Premier League, scoring 23 goals in his first season for the club, including the memorable title-winning goal against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of 2011/12.
He makes nearly £11million a year in wages from his club, with an extra £2.3million from sponsorship deals and endorsements with the likes of Puma. This world star has been linked with Real Madrid in recent months, and few others could afford his transfer fee of what should surely be a £40million, as well as his enormous wages. His ability on the pitch as well as his off-the-pitch marketability and popularity would make him an excellent investment, though City are unlikely to want to let him go.