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Football Manager 2018: Neymar, Messi & the most expensive players in the game

15:45 GMT+3 29/10/2017
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Cristiano Ronaldo may have been voted the best player in the world, but he is nowhere to be seen in the top 25 most valuable players in the new game

The beta version of Football Manager 2018 went live on October 26, giving football fans their first chance to test out the newest version of the game and take charge of their favourite team.

Virtual managers will be looking to strengthen their teams as soon as they start up the game, but many of the world's biggest and best names may be a little out of their price range at the beginning. 

Following his €222 million transfer from Barcelona to PSG, Brazil forward Neymar is the joint most expensive player in FM 2018, with a market value of €95 million. However, even if you do have that much to spend in your initial wage budget, it is unlikely that the Ligue 1 giants will be willing to sell their new superstar.

Lionel Messi is also valued at €95m, with Manchester City's dynamic midfielder Kevin de Bruyne coming in just behind at €87m.

Having won the FIFA Best Men's Player in the World Award at the Best Awards in late October, Cristiano Ronaldo is more valued in real life than in the newest version of Football Manager, with his value dropping to €55m thanks to the fact he is now 32-years-old.


Ronaldo's €55m valuation in Football Manager 2018 means that he is not one of the top 25 most expensive players in the game, coming below Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana (€56m) and level with Real Madrid team-mates Marcelo and Raphael Varane.

The vast majority of the top 25 is made up of players from Real Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona, with Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United also represented. France wonderkid Kylian Mbappe is valued at €58m after his switch to PSG, while new Barcelona signing Ousmane Dembele just misses the top 25 at €56m.

Player Club Transfer Value Weekly Wage
Neymar PSG €95m €575k
Lionel Messi Barcelona €95m €775k
Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City €87m €170k
Gareth Bale Real Madrid €84m €525k
Sergio Aguero Manchester City €84m €180k
Luis Suarez Barcelona €82m €440k
Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich €82m €300k
Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid €81m €425k
Isco Real Madrid €78m €215k
Eden Hazard Chelsea €78m €250k
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund €76m €135k
Paul Pogba Manchester United €75m €225k
Toni Kroos Real Madrid €74m €375k
Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund €73m €190k
Karim Benzema Real Madrid €73m €325k
David Alaba Bayern Munich €69m €190k
James Rodriguez Bayern Munich €67m €215k
Jerome Boateng Bayern Munich €67m €230k
Thiago Bayern Munich €66m €230k
Thomas Muller Bayern Munich €66m €275k
Ivan Rakitic Barcelona €65m €250k
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool €64m €170k
Romelu Lukaku Manchester United €64m €200k
Mats Hummels Bayern Munich €63m €190k
Alexis Sanchez Arsenal €62m €155k