The world's top 10 most expensive players?

By James Masters

Published 1421 GMT (2221 HKT) January 7, 2015
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Barcelona's four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi would command the highest transfer fee in the game according to Swiss-based statistics company CIES Football Observatory. Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the Ballon d'Or last season, has been in extraordinary form over the past year, leading Real Madrid to the European Champions League title. JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
The Chelsea midfield maestro Eden Hazard has been a key player in his club's Premier League challenge this season. Scott Heavey/Getty Images
Spain international Diego Costa has scored 14 goals so far this season for Chelsea following his move from Atletico Madrid. Clive Rose/Getty Images
Paul Pogba, one of France's leading players, is widely considered to be one of the most exciting midfielders in the game. The Juventus man is one of the stand out stars in Serie A. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Sergio Aguero has been in lethal form for Manchester City this season, scoring 19 goals despite suffering a number of injuries. Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images
He is one of England's most promising players and at the age of 20, Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling could become one of the best of his generation. Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images
His arrival from Barcelona has transformed Chelsea's style of play under manager Jose Mourinho. Midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been one of the Premier League's outstanding players. Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
Chile's Alexis Sanchez joined Arsenal in the close season and has been an inspirational player for the north London club. Sanchez has scored 16 goals so far this season. Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
Gareth Bale has excelled since his $120 million move to Real Madrid from Tottenham. He helped the club win the Champions League and Spanish cup in his first season. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images