Football fans must have thought they’d woken up in a parallel universe this morning, as reports emerged claiming Eden Hazard is more valuable than Cristiano Ronaldo, amongst numerous other things.
According to valuations, made by the CIES when taking various factors into consideration, Chelsea’s Hazard is the second-most valuable player in the world behind Lionel Messi- whilst they rated Raheem Sterling as more expensive than Paul Pogba.
Other surprises include Merseyside duo Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley above Arturo Vidal and Marco Reus, whilst Tottenham’s squad is the ninth most valuable in the world- ahead of Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and almost all of next season’s Champions League sides.
Fans laughed off the findings on social media, whilst others have ignored things completely. We’re yet to find one person that agrees with these rankings at all, which says a lot.
Somebody please stop the CIES Football Observatory
— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) June 9, 2015
The more you look into the CIES rankings, the more hilarious they are — Josh Challies (@Challies11) June 9, 2015
According to the CIES, Alexis Sanchez is just as likely to leave Arsenal as Raheem Sterling leaving Liverpool. Says it all.
— Gunnervision (@Gunner_vision) June 9, 2015
Eden Hazard is now more valuable than Ronaldo, Neymar and Aguero with a valuation ranging between €135.4m & €148.9m. (CIES) — 100%Chelsea (@100PctChelsea) June 9, 2015
That CIES list has Henderson and Barkley above Vidal and Reus. Those two things alone make it laughable.
— JDL (@JakLew89) June 9, 2015
So according to Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), Sterling is worth more then Paul Pogba. Good luck finding a club that agree. — 1 tweet a week Pete (@GodBleedsBlue) June 9, 2015