Alexis Sanchez has been named among the top ten most valuable players in world football, with CIES Observatory putting him alongside the likes of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, and Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar.
The Chilean is currently out injured, but is expected back soon – perhaps even for our FA Cup clash with Sunderland this Saturday (via IBT). He hasn’t been quite at his blistering best this season – certainly not when compared to his debut campaign at Arsenal – but he’s still been a massive part of our success.
The energy, work-rate, general industriousness, and the pure quality he brings to the side is massive, and helps bring the team up a level in times of need.
It’s hardly surprising that he’s being recognised for his brilliance, with the 27-year-old being valued at a massive €81.9m.
The figures are compiled based on a number of factors, although whether they’re particularly accurate is certainly questionable. With the likes of Harry Kane, Anthony Martial, and even Philippe Coutinho among the top 15. Obviously the trio have age on their side, but the further you go down the list the more questionable inclusions – and omissions – you begin to find.
There are a number of other Arsenal stars in the top 100, with Mesut Özil valued at €51m (a little harsh considering his form this season), Santi Cazorla at €42.3m, Olivier Giroud at €41m, Aaron Ramsey at €40m, and Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain valued at €33m and €32.1m respectively.
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There are certainly a few Arsenal stars that should feel aggrieved for not making the list, especially when you see the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Phil Jones are included. However, you could also argue that Cazorla is lucky to be valued so highly considering his age, Giroud given how he splits opinion, and the Ox taking in mind his failure to build on his early promise and his inability produce in the final third.
When you think though, that Eden Hazard is valued at €130.5m despite his failure to score a single goal for Chelsea this season, that’s when things really start to get a little ludicrous.
It’s still an interesting list, and for the most part you can’t argue too much. There aren’t a huge number of players missing, and other than 5-10 players, you wouldn’t begrudge too many of them a place on the list – even if you disagree with their position.
The biggest clubs all have representatives, with players from Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, and all the other European giants featuring.
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We know how inflated prices are these days, so maybe someone would actually play €30.9m for Jonjo Shelvey.