Cristiano Ronaldo

— Portugal

Market value:

$125 million

With nearly 500 career goals and a host of trophies and personal awards, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is quite simply one of the best to ever play the game.  His goal-scoring record at current club Real Madrid is absolutely incredible — 364 goals in 348 games.  If it wasn't for the greatness of Argentinian star Lionel Messi, Ronaldo would comfortably be regarded as the world's best player.  He yet could be the one if he succeeds to lead his country Portugal to Euro glory this year.

 

 

Gareth Bale

— Wales

Market value:

$92 million

One of the reasons Wales reached this year's Euro championships was the incredible form of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. He scored 7 goals in the qualification stages including a hugely important strike in a win against Cyprus. Bale's lightning speed combined with his eye for goal have made him a star of world football. At Tottenham Hotspur, he won the PFA Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in 2013.

 

 

Robert Lewandowski

— Poland

Market value:

$86 million

In 2010, Polish striker Lewandowski signed for German side Borussia Dortmund for a modest fee of just £3.5 million. Six years and over 170 goals later, the striker is now a superstar at Bayern Munich and is widely regarded as one of the best forwards on the planet. He would be crucial factor for Poland in the underway European Championship if the country wants to see beyond the group stages and then all the way to glory. He has the ability to destroy any defence of the world single-handedly.

 

 

Thomas Muller

— Germany

Market value:

$86 million

Thomas Muller is known as the "space invader" back home in native Germany. This is because the Bayern Munich star has a gift for finding himself in the right place at the right time. This explains why he has scored 168 goals in 388 games in club football for Bayern Munich and also was a star in Germany’s World Cup win.

 

 

Paul Pogba

— France

Market value:

$80 million

At 23 years of age, Paul Pogba is one of the world's most promising young footballers. In 2014, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand predicted that the Frenchman would be one of the world's best midfielders — and he was right. Juventus star Pogba is the complete midfielder. He scores goals, creates chances for teammates, and doesn't shy away from defending, either.

 

 

Antoine Griezmann

— France

Market value:

$80 million

Unlike most of the other players in this list, Griezmann has only very recently become a major name in European football. The Frenchman secured a £23 million move to Atletico Madrid from Real Sociedad in 2014 and since then has scored 57 goals in just 107 appearances — that ratio is better than a goal every other game.  His form and partnership along with Pogba will definitely enhance the chances of victory for the Euro hosts.