Romelu Lukaku's insane start to the season has seen his transfer market value rise by 54%

Romelu LukakuGetty ImagesRomelu Lukaku’s valuation has jumped in recent months.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is now more valuable than FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

Three months ago, CIES Football Observatory — a Swiss think tank — gave Lukaku a transfer market valuation of €102.7 million (£91.1 million).

His exceptional form since has seen his market value rise, as he is now valued at €158.5 million (£140.6 million) — a 55% increase in the last three months.

The powerful Belgian moved from Everton to United for a £90 million fee.

Lukaku has also enjoyed an insane start to the 2017-2018 football season.

In nine Premier League and Champions League starts, Lukaku has banged in an incredible ten goals.

Including his assist against Everton in September, Lukaku has been responsible for scoring or creating one goal for every 73 minutes he has played.

The 24-year-old is now more valuable to United than Lionel Messi (€126 million or £111.8 million) is to Barça, than Kylian Mbappé (€145.8 million or £129.3 million) is to Paris Saint-Germain, and Antoine Griezmann (€151.3 million or £134.2 million) is to Atlético Madrid.

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