The CIES Football Observatory came out with a study which ranked the most valuable players in the world and it is surprising to see that superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo not making the top five.
Who are the players who make the list? Let’s take a look.
1. Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain – €218.5m
Kylian Mbappe has taken the world by storm ever since he broke out at Monaco in the 2016-17 season and since then has made a mark whenever he takes the field. The now 20-year-old led France to the World Cup title at Russia, becoming only the second teenager to score in the final after Pele.
He has been prolific for PSG ever since and is now valued at €218.5 million. There is no doubt that he will become one of the best in the history of the sport if he continues in the same vein.
2. Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – €200.3m
Harry Kane was a key part of the England squad that reached the semifinals of the World Cup, ending the tournament as the highest goalscorer, winning the Golden Boot award. The striker has been arguably one of the best goalscorers in the Premier League for over the past five years and it shows as he is the second most valuable player in the world.
The 25-year-old has scored 154 goals in last half decade or so, including this season and if Real Madrid want to sign him, they will definitely need to splash the cash.
3. Neymar – Paris Saint-Germain – €197.1m
The most expensive player in the world, Neymar has seen his value plummet over the past year, despite starring for PSG ever since he moved there. It can be debated that Brazil’s poor performance in the World Cup at Russia has seen him get the blame, but there is no doubting that he is one of the best players in the world.
Neymar has stated his desire to win the Ballon d’Or in the future and again he is another star that has been linked with Real Madrid though his transfer value could be a big deterrent for them.
4. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – €185.8m
The value of Raheem Sterling shows that he is the most improved player in the world and that shows by the excellent numbers he has registered for Manchester City. Pep Guardiola should be given the plaudits for moulding Sterling into one of the best players in the world and he has now become an indispensable part of his plans for the future.
Sterling scored a season high 24 goals last season and is all set to better his tally in the time to come.
5. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – €184.3m
Mohamed Salah took the world and Premier League by storm after moving to Liverpool last season, netting 44 goals in 2017 to pick up the PFA Premier League Player of the Year award. The Egyptian is now considered to be one of the best in the world and has continued his form this season too, which has seen him being named the fifth most valuable player in the world.