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BREAKING NEWS || LIONEL MESSI BECOMES ‘WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER’, VALUED AT £163MILLION

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LIONEL MESSI IS THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER WITH A VALUE OF £163MILLION

According to CIES Football Observatory, Lionel Messi is the world’s most expensive player with a tag of £163million while his Barceloba teammate, Neymar is close on his heels at £155million. Predictably, C Ronaldo is not too far behind in third place at £106million while Antoine Griezmann and Tottenham striker Harry Kane make up the top five on the hundred-strong list.

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The values of the players are based on several different variables including age, length of current contract and potential suitors. All 100 players in the list are employed by clubs in Europe’s top five leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

The likes of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic do not feature on the list because of their age at 30 and 34 respectively. See the full list below.

CIES FOOTBALL OBSERVATORY’S VALUATION ON TOP 100 PLAYERS

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £163m
2. Neymar (Barcelona) – £155m
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – £106m
4. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – £93m
5. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £87m
6. Anthony Martial (Man United) – £86m
7. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – £81m
8. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – £80m
9. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – £75m
10. Paul Pogba (Juventus) – £70m
11. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – £62m
12. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £60m
13. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – £58m
14. Dele Alli (Tottenham) – £58m
15. Thomas Muller (Bayern) – £57m
16. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – £56m
17. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) – £52m
18. Alvaro Morata (Juventus) – £50m
19. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – £48m
20. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – £47m
21. Isco (Real Madrid) – £47m
22. P.E Aubameyang (Dortmund) – £48m
23. James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – £45m
24. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – £45m
25. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – £43m
26. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – £43m
27. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £40m
28. Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid) – £39m
29. Willian (Chelsea) – £39m
30. Koke (Atletico Madrid) – £39m
31. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) – £38m
32. Diego Costa (Chelsea) – £38m
33. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £38m
34. David Alaba (Bayern) – £38m
35. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) – £37m
36. Eric Dier (Tottenham) – £37m
37. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – £37m
38. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) – £37m
39. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) – £36m
40. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – £36m
41. David de Gea (Man United) – £36m
42. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – £35m
43. Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) – £35m
44. N’Golo Kante (Leicester) – £34m
45. Douglas Costa (Bayern) – £34m
46. Memphis Depay (Man United) – £34m
47. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) – £33m
48. Pedro (Chelsea) – £33m
49. Lucas Moura (PSG) – £33m
50. Jerome Boateng (Bayern) – £33m
51. Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid) – £32m
52. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) – £32m
53. Andre Gomes (Valencia) – £32m
54. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – £32m
55. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – £31m
56. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – £31m
57. Daley Blind (Man United) – £31m
58. Ross Barkley (Everton) – £31m
59. Emre Can (Liverpool) – £30m
60. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) – £30m
61. Marco Verratti (PSG) – £30m
62. Mohamed Salah (Roma) – £30m
63. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) – £30m
64. John Stones (Everton) – £29m
65. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – £29m
66. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – £29m
67. Erik Lamela (Tottenham) – £29m
68. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) – £29m
69. Oscar (Chelsea) – £29m
70. Juan Mata (Man United) – £28m
71. Giannelli Imbula (Stoke) – £28m
72. Manuel Neuer (Bayern) – £28m
73. Angel di Maria (PSG) – £27m
74. Sadio Mane (Southampton) – £27m
75. Carlos Bacca (AC Milan) – £27m
76. Son Heung-min (Tottenham) – £27m
77. Felipe Anderson (Lazio) – £27m
78. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – £27m
79. Denis Suarez (Villarreal) – £27m
80. Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – £26m
81. Leroy Sane (Schalke) – £26m
82. Marquinhos (PSG) – £26m
83. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Dortmund) – £26m
84. Chris Smalling (Man United) – £25m
85. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) – £25m
86. Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen) – £25m
87. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – £25m
88. Bernardo Silva (Monaco) – £24m
89. Kostas Manolas (Roma) – £24m
90. Gerard Pique (Barcelona) – £24m
91. Paco Alcacer (Valencia) – £24m
92. Miralem Pjanic (Roma) – £24m
93. Danilo (Real Madrid) – £24m
94. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) – £24m
95. Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) – £23m
96. Marco Reus (Dortmund) – £23m
97. David Silva (Manchester City) – £23m
98. Joe Hart (Manchester City) – £23m
99. Marcelo (Real Madrid) – £23m
100. Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen) – £22m

All values are rounded to the nearest million.
Figures courtesy of Football Observatory.

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HAVENS OF THE WORLD || THE WORLD’S 10 MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS EPISODE

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Welcome to Havens of the World on influence, I am Amaka Donalds. Everyday we travel across borders and places to bring you exciting and pleasant moments and memories through publications and iMirror of magnificent, luxuriant and exotic destinations, properties, landscapes and structures with extraordinary tourism potentials to inspire the spirit of recreation for your thrill. On this platform, you get to know and also wowed as you discover places and phenomenas of the earth you never thought existed, then of certainty you will be moved to appreciate God for the wisdom he gives men to turn their world into aesthetic haven. In this episode, you will be amazed and eager to travel as we unveil to you some of the most fascinating wonders (10 most luxurious hotels) of the world ever made by man. Now hear this: for the seekers of honeymoon destinations, holiday spots, travel and tours makers, real estate investors, environmental scientists, event planners and all lovers of space ambience, this is for you. Enjoy and share the moment with us”

1. EMIRATES PALACE, ABU DHABI

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Emirates Palace offers a service that goes beyond 5 stars, and if you go there you will have an experience to remember, where all your needs will be catered to. As soon as you enter the hotel property, you can sense the spirit and luxury of the magnificent Emirates Palace. This hotel shows the best of Abu Dhabi, the Capital of the United Arab Emirates. It has its own private beach that is 1.3 km long and it stretches all the way to the hotel’s own private marina and a private natural bay. This hotel is maybe the most luxurious hotel in the whole world and many people dream about spending at least one night there. What contributes to the luxurious experience that makes the guests want to come again and again are the amazing swimming pools (yes, in plural). One is meant for fun activities and adventure, and the other for relaxation and spending some peaceful time, surrounded by 85 hectares of wonderful landscape.

Emirates Palace is a classic traditional Arabic palace, and with 114 stunning 18-meter high domes and rooms decorated with gold and marble, it is one of the most glorious pieces of Arabic architecture. However, this hotel is not all tradition, as each of its 302 luxury rooms and 92 suites is equipped with the latest technology, and the guests have the services of a personal butler available 24/7.

2. MARDAN PALACE HOTEL, TURKEY

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Located in the Mediterranean, in this hotel you can experience the famous Turkish hospitality, as guests are always treated and served with passion and commitment and provided with luxurious elegance and royal splendor combined with modern commodities.

This hotel looks like a castle from your favorite fairytales. The architecture greatly resembles the one of the palaces built in the ancient Ottoman days, and alongside the top notch service and quality, this hotel can be said to be the oriental heaven. The hotel’s resort is alongside the wonderful shore of the Mediterranean Sea, and its property takes up a total of 180,000 square meters. Each of the 546 luxurious rooms and suites is unique and fit for the wants and needs of even the most demanding guests, and provides spectacular and wonderful views of the Taurus Mountains, the Da Vinci Bridge that goes across the large luxurious landscaped swimming pool, or a partial view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Each of the rooms is equipped with modern high technology devices, providing you with the amazing combination of tradition and classic luxury on one side, and a modern touch that brings to the overall comfort and satisfaction. The experience of the guests is heightened and improved with the constant availability of a private butler.

3. THE WESTIN EXCELSIOR, ROME

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This hotel has a long history, as it opened back in 1906. Since then, this hotel has been a place where many celebrities, statesmen and artists came to enjoy their holidays and visit the Eternal City. It is internationally known for the best quality of service in an amazing surrounding.

The Westin Excelsior is an amazing place to go to if you are looking for a place where you can treat yourself and enjoy massage and spa time in the Kami Wellness Center. There is also a fully staffed Concierge Desk where knowledgeable enterprising associates are at your service 24/7 and are ready to cater to your every need, from recommending a place to go for an evening of entertainment, and giving directions for your city tour, to more serious demands.

The Westin Excelsior has an indoor pool where arches and neoclassical columns are a luxurious recreation of the Roman Baths and when you go there you will get a feel of the Roman ancient culture, but enjoy in the lavish modern comfort as well. Here you can enjoy a swim, sit and relax next to the water or drink cocktails or smoothies in a luxurious whirlpool. And if you didn’t just come to relax, but would like to get your heart pumping, you will have access to the Westin Workout Fitness Studio where you will be able to re-energize in a stylish gym with all the necessary equipment for all sorts of trainings.

4. BURJ AL ARAB HOTEL, DUBAI

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Since it was built, this hotel represents the symbol of modern Dubai. Other than the fabulous design that you have never seen before anywhere in the world, what makes this hotel distinct from all the other ones is the extraordinary service. This hotel offers only suite accommodation with the finest service that you can only experience there. What makes the guests feel more comfortable and safe is the ability to check in discretely from their rooms, and the fact that every floor has a separate private reception, alongside with every guest having their own personal butler. Overall, we can freely say that there are not many places with this level of professionalism and hospitality.

Every guest of Burj Al Arab hotel has unlimited access to the hotel’s private beach, and spa center with additional separate ladies facilities, access to both indoor and outdoor pools and complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark as long as you are staying. And on top of that, if you have children they can enjoy complimentary access to all Sinbad’s Kids Club.

You will never get bored in this resort, as you can enjoy a variety of activities – from adventurous to relaxing. The hotel is just besides the sandy beach and the beautiful blue sea, and inside the resort there is an enormous pool where you can relax and have a cocktail brought to you at any time. Whatever your wishes and needs are, they will be fulfilled here.

5. THE PLAZA, NEW YORK CITY

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The Plaza hotel provides the ultimate balance between its classical style and rich history and the modern times, thus presenting the most popular luxury destination, letting its guests experience this iconic urban resort along with a contemporary spirit.

This hotel has 282 luxurious rooms, including 102 suites which are said to be larger than suites in any other hotel in New York City. The lavish décor, the Plaza Food Hall and the Champagne Bar and impeccable hygiene along with the constantly available butler service contribute to this hotel being rated as one of the best and most luxurious ones in the world. Whatever your heart desires, you can get it while being a guest at this hotel.

The elegance that has been nourished throughout its history is now accompanied by discretely placed modern technology in order to provide all the modern day necessities and indulgences, but without spoiling the rich traditional spirit.

The luxurious Grand Ballroom and Terrace Room have been restored to its original form, and in the historic landmarks that are still the heart of the Plaza hotel, social and business events continue to be held. This hotel provides an unforgettable experience. Your every need will be catered to and with the greatest respect and commitment. The only thing that guests might not like here is the fact that professional photos cannot be taken in the lobby, in order to ensure the privacy. But with all of the services this hotel has to offer, this little thing can be neglected.

6. ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS

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The first step you make inside the property of this hotel, your mind will instantly be released of all worries and negativity. This is maybe the hotel that provides the most amazing and unbelievably beautiful and breathtaking experience.

Even though offering many kinds of rooms and suites to suite the needs of different kinds of people with different budgets, this hotel provides luxury and excellent service to all the guests. The icing on the cake of all rooms and accommodations is the Bridge Suite, which is literally located on the bridge that connects two Royal Towers. The view from all the rooms, especially the previously mentioned one, is magnificent and you won’t be able to look away from the water and the horizon, unless when you look what’s inside the hotel – the gold trimmings and lavish and tasty decoration.

Every guest of this hotel has access to 11 unique pools, 3 white-sand beaches that are a part of the hotel’s property, and a large 141-acre water park. If you are up for an adventure, you can participate in the water activities and visit the Atlantis Casino where you can take part in tournaments and other gaming events, but if you came to relax and have a taste of culture – you have unlimited access to the library and the Atlantis Theatre. Atlantis Paradise Island also offers a rich nightlife, and you can choose which of the many clubs you will visit, and the hotel staff will be happy to give you advice according to your wishes.

7. PALMS, LAS VEGAS

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This hotel is internationally famous for what it has to offer to its guests. The accommodations of the greatest quality, the access to extravagant and amazing pools, fabulous cuisine, and a rich nightlife are what make Palms the high end hotel that it is. If you came to Las Vegas to feel the excitement, you will find it here, as the staff is working on making this place as vibrant and high in energy as possible.

The property of the hotel takes up around 30 acres, where there are 3 different unique towers, and you will experience different amazing views from of the Las Vegas Strip and Spring Mountains. Recently, the hotel has been transformed, and millions of dollars were invested in order to make this hotel as fantastic as it is now. The rooms are redesigned and made more classy and luxurious, the culinary chefs are more professional and the food is better, and not to mention the casinos where all the fun is.

This hotel also has a fitness and massage center where you can go get your heart pumping or relax after a day spent having fun in the casino. What brings to the fame of this hotel is that it is the place where playboy bunnies stay when they come to Vegas. The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa in the Fantasy Tower is reserved specifically for Hugh and his girls, but it keeps attracting many guests from all around the world.

8. THE BOULDERS, ARIZONA

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The Boulders is a desert retreat, where you can relax and enjoy the scenery that has been in the process of creation for millions of years. If you have come for some relaxation, you can revitalize at the Waldorf Astoria Spa, where your mind and body will be replenished. The spa oasis takes up around 33,000 square feet and it provides massage, revitalizing facial treatments and other relaxing treatments. All the ingredients used in spa treatments come from the desert environment.

As for the accommodations, you can choose from a wide variety – Casitas, Executive Suites, Vilas, Haciendas and The Villa Retreat – and each of these are decorated in a Southwestern elegant style and contain luxuries such as fireplaces and natural stone showers.

If you are in a mood for some fun activities, you can enjoy a game or two of golf, which is widely represented in this area, but you can also swim in pools (there are four of them) or play tennis in some of the tennis courts. The guests can also enjoy unique restaurants and cafes where they can enjoy either a formal or casual atmosphere, according to their liking.

This hotel is always aiming to improve and provide better guest experience and make it even more special, which is why it is now pet friendly. These comfortable and luxurious accommodations and the natural beauty you cannot see anywhere else in the world make this hotel one of the most luxurious ones in the world.

9. CUISINART GOLF RESORT & SPA, ANGUILLA

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CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is an award-winning luxurious hotel located in the curve of Anguilla’s Rendezvous Bay. Its architecture is greatly inspired by the architecture of the Mediterranean. Its luxury shows in the lush gardens that surround the amazing and vast pool and stretches to the stunning suites with a beach view and villas that have their own private pools. If you need relaxation and peaceful time, Venus Spa is the right place for you, and after you spend some time there you will feel rejuvenated. This spa provides healing aqua therapy and treatments that restore body and soul balance.

If you like trying different cuisines, you can taste amazing different types of food and you can even have dinners at the beach at the Chef’s Table to the Beach Grill, where you will have the opportunity to eat while enjoying the sounds of the sea. If you like cooking and learning new cooking styles, you can take classes and learn from the best chefs, and cook together with them using fresh produce from the Hydroponic farm that belongs to the resort.

The rooms are spacious and they all have water views. Waterfront rooms have balconies with an ocean view, and private villas have private pools. If you like golf, you will enjoy staying here as you can play surrounded by sea grapes and palms, you can relax and not think of the time and worries.

10. SECRETS MARQUIS, LOS CABOS

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Secrets Marquis in Los Cabos Consists of 235 rooms, from large and private casitas to luxurious suites with an ocean view. All of these rooms are decorated in a modern Mexican style and with oil paintings, they are luxuriously furnished and equipped with imported linens.

Each of the rooms are comfortable and represent a combination of the traditional Mexican style and modern luxurious commodities. Each room has a balcony or a terrace and views of the Sea of Cortes. The mini bar is refreshed every day, and all the new technology is available to you 24/7. Many of these rooms have a Jacuzzi.

This resort is located on a peaceful long beach that is perfect if you are in a mood for a romantic walk with your partner. In just a half an hour of relaxed walk you can get to the place where all the nightlife happens. You will never get bored in Secrets Marquis, as there are many activities that you can enjoy, including darts, yoga, scuba diving, fitness, ping pong and many more.

When it is time to eat, you have a wide variety of choices, and if you are a guest on the Unlimited-Luxury plan at this hotel, you don’t even need to make reservations in many top restaurants.
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