World Football: Ranking the Top 5 Most Valuable Players on the Planet

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World Football: Ranking the Top 5 Most Valuable Players on the Planet
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Reigning FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi

Football fans love creating lists.

Oftentimes, we do it in order to rank who are the best and worst in a particular league during a season.

Sometimes, we get more creative and try to classify the most skillful, lethal, aggressive, hotheaded, and useless players. We do it for our own teams as well as for others in different leagues on different continents.

As the 2012 summer transfer window marches on, one of the ongoing debates is deciding who exactly are the most valuable players on the planet.

Although many of these stars will probably not be on their club’s transfer list this summer—or ever, for that matter—they are inarguably some of the most coveted players in world football and each have transfer values likely in excess of 30 million euros.

This list does not take into account veteran footballers who are still excelling and dazzling crowds like Andrea Pirlo or Xavi Hernandez, who both participated in the recent Euro 2012 final between Italy and Spain.

Nor will it take into account stars who have only in the past season moved for massive fees such as South American rivals Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez.

Instead, these are currently the most monetarily valuable stars on the market, each of whom would vastly improve even the most pitiful football team.

In the end, it proved remarkably challenging to get it down to such a small figure, but here are your top five most valuable players in world football.

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