Lucas Torreira was better value for money than Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a study by the CIES Football Observatory.

The observatory compared all of the summer’s transfers, looking at their actual transfer fee and their estimated current value. They then made a list of the top 10 players bought for less than their estimated worth.

Both Lucas Torreira and Cristiano Ronaldo made the list, but the Uruguayan’s fee of €30m represented a saving of €11.9m, since he’s reportedly actually worth €41.9m. Meanwhile Ronaldo’s €105m transfer was only a saving of €11.5m.

The difference becomes even more apparent when you look at it in percentage terms, with Arsenal only paying 72% of Torreira’s worth, and Juventus paying 90% of Ronaldo’s.

Here’s the top 10 list in full:

  1. Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) – Paid €40m, worth €62.6m
  2. Rodrigo Hernandez (Villarreal) – Paid €25m, worth €46.9m
  3. Bryan Cristante (Roma) – Paid €30m, worth €49.4m
  4. Fabinho (Liverpool) – Paid €55m, worth €73.8m
  5. Clement Lenglet (Barcelona) – Paid €35m, worth €49.2m
  6. Radja Nainggolan (Inter) – Paid €40m, worth €52.9m
  7. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) – Paid €30m, worth €41.9m
  8. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – Paid €105m, worth €116.5m
  9. Simone Zaza (Torino) – Paid €14m, worth €24m
  10. Alban Lafont (Fiorentina) – Paid €8.5m, worth €18.4m

It’s good to see the Gunners getting some good value in the transfer market. I’m sure Matteo Guendouzi will end up being a bargain as well, and you can’t argue with Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer.

Hopefully Torreira will continue to prove his worth on the pitch in the coming weeks and months.