CIES football Observatory has ranked PSG forward Kylian Mbappe as the most valuable footballer in the world at 205.6m euros

Top 5 Most Valuable Players In The world 

After Kylian Mbappe who’s at number one, Real Madrid’s Brazilian winger Vinicius Jr follows at number two. His value is at £158.3m. Norway’s Manchester City-bound striker Erling Haaland is third (£130.4m). Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham (£114.1m) is the most valuable English player on the list in fifth place. 

Others on the list include Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden in sixth (£105.9m). Premier League clubs dominate the list with 41 representatives in the top 100. The CIES uses a range of external-link variables including a player’s age, performances, economic value of their club and inflation. 

France striker Mbappe signed a new three-year contract with PSG last month because he chose to stay in Paris rather than move to Real Madrid. The World Cup winner scored 28 goals in Ligue 1 to help PSG win the 2021-22 title. Haaland, 21, is joining Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund after City activated his 60m euro (£51.2m) release clause. His new City team-mate Ruben Dias is the most valuable defender in ninth (£93.6m).

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Midfielder, Kevin de Bruyne, is the oldest player in the top 100 (£48.9m) and Barcelona’s 17-year-old Gavi (£49.9m) is the youngest. PSG’s Gianluigi Donnarumma is the most valuable goalkeeper at 41st in the rankings (£62.9m).

January signing Luis Diaz (£94m) is representing Premier League Giants, Liverpool on the list. Barcelona trio Pedri, Frenkie de Jong and Ferran Torres all feature in the top 10. England internationals Jadon Sancho (£88.1m), Mason Mount (£85.7m) and Bukayo Saka (£85.6m) are ranked 13th, 14th and 15th respectively. Darwin Nunez, who has been linked with a move from Benfica is also on the list. He has the highest valuation (£59.9m) for players outside of Europe’s top five leagues.