Lionel Messi ranked soccer’s MVP, twice as valuable as Cristiano Ronaldo

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For several seasons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been inseparable at the top of the game.

It causes constant debates between soccer fans that like to discuss the following: who is better, Mess or Ronaldo?

In a study released by the CIES Football Observatory, Messi’s value has been set at a staggering $270 million. That is almost twice as much as Ronaldo’s valuation of $142 million in the same study.

Does something seem slightly wrong with that?

Ronaldo scored 55 goals in 45 appearances for club and country last season while Messi, who struggled with injury for brief spells, netted 36 times in 39 appearances. Ronaldo helped Real to a Copa del Rey and a UEFA Champions League title. Messi was trophyless at Barcelona. Who sounds more valuable based on the 2013-14 season now…

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In the ninth edition of this report Luis Suarez is ranked as the third most valuable player in the world at $132 million, then comes Chelsea’s Eden Hazard ($61.2 millions ) and Barca’s Neymar ($80.6 million) to round out the top five.

CIES continued to rank even more players and there were some surprises when it came to stars who were way overvalued as their value dropped considerably from the price they were bought for last season.

Top of that list was Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale who was purchased from Tottenham for $132 million back in September 2013 but is now worth $83.6 million. That is a drop of just under $50 million in a season as Bale initially struggled to settle in the Spanish top-flight but has since kicked on and was instrumental in Real winning the Champions League title.

Other players who saw their values drop significantly were Radamel Falcao after AS Monaco splashed out $80 million for his services but the Colombian suffered a serious knee injury. Tottenham’s Argentine winger Erik Lamela barely played in his debut season at White Hart Lane and is now valued at $22.7 million after arriving for $47 million last summer.

If you love these lists and dissecting exactly how influential each player is, the guys at CIES have plenty more data to interest you. Check them out, right here.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.