Paris St Germain striker Kylian Mbappe is the most valuable football player in the world, according to Swiss research group CIES Football Observatory, followed by Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr and Manchester City’s new signing Erling Haaland. Mbappe, who turned down Real and signed a new three-year contract at PSG last month, tops the list https://www.football-observatory.com/IMG/sites/b5wp/2021/wp384/en with an estimated transfer value of €205.6m ($219.5m), beating out Vinicius (€185.3m) and Haaland (€152.6m).
Mbappe’s PSG teammate Neymar holds the current transfer record. The French champions paid Barcelona €222m for his signing in 2017. The top five were completed by Barca youngster Pedri (€135.1m) and Borussia Dortmund’s English midfielder Jude Bellingham (€133.7 million).
The CIES Football Observatory uses indicators such as player age, performance, career progression and contract length to arrive at a transfer value. The latest list was dominated by Premier League players, with 41 representatives in the top 100.
City’s Ruben Dias (€109.6m) had the highest transfer value for a defender while PSG’s Gianluigi Donnarumma (€73.7m) was tops among goalkeepers. City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, 30, was the oldest player on the list, worth €57.3million.
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