Footballers move from one club to another for ridiculously high amounts of money these days. Whether it be Joao Felix’s transfer to Atletico Madrid this season or Eden Hazard’s stunning move to Real Madrid, football clubs are not afraid to splash the cash for players they really want.
While signing a player, football clubs increasingly are not only looking at a players’ ability, they are also looking into his commercial viability and market value. Market values for a player are calculated by age, their ability to sell shirts, how well they play and the expected long-term returns on the player.
Unsurprisingly, as the player gets older, the market value decreases and the top 10 most valuable players list is dominated by footballers under the age of 30. Without much ado, let us take a look into the top 10 most valuable football players in the world right now.
Values courtesy – Transfermarkt
#10 Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – €120 million
Sadio Mane has been in stunning form this season. One of the most consistent performers for Liverpool in both the Premier League and the Champions League, the Senegalese forward terrorised defences with his blistering pace and quick feet. Still only 27, Liverpool will be hoping for Mane to kick on and deliver them the elusive Premier League title this season.
#9 Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – €130 million
Manchester City’s achievements in the 2018/19 season become even more impressive when you consider the fact that one of the best midfielders in the world, Kevin De Bruyne, struggled with fitness issues for the entire season. The Belgian playmaker suffered a stop-start season and will be hoping to make up for lost time in this campaign. At 28, De Bruyne is at the peak age for a footballer and Guardiola will be hoping that the Belgian guides City to an elusive Champions League title in the coming season.
#8 Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – €130 million
Antoine Griezmann’s future has been subject to intense speculation and the World Cup winner might well end up forming a potent partnership with Lionel Messi at Barcelona this season. The French forward has been consistently among the top players in the world in the last few seasons and it will be interesting to see how the 28-year-old faces up to new challenges in the 2019/20 season.
#7 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – €140 million
Manchester City had an outstanding 2018/19 season and their best player arguably was Raheem Sterling. Weaving in and out of defences with consummate ease, the England international has taken his game to new heights under Pep Guardiola. Still only 24, the England international will be hoping to kick on and cement his legacy for both Manchester City and the England national team.
#6 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – €150 million
Unarguably one of the greatest players of our generation, Lionel Messi has shown no signs of slowing down, putting in one superlative performance after another for Barcelona. The Argentine maestro might have fallen short in the Champions League and Copa America semi-finals, but his performances in the league inspired the Blaugrana to yet another LaLiga title. Now 32, Messi will be looking to create and break more records this season.
#5 Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – €150 million
Real Madrid had a 2018/19 season to forget. After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos struggled to perform to expectations and the likes of Bale, Asensio and Isco did not really step up to the mark. With Florentino Perez spending some big money on Eden Hazard, all eyes will be on the former Chelsea man as Zidane’s men look to make their mark once again this season. One of the most technically gifted players and blessed with abundant talent, Eden Hazard and Real Madrid will be hoping for a long fruitful partnership.
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#4 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – €150 million
Arguably the best number 9 in world football at the moment, Harry Kane has been Tottenham’s star man for the last few seasons. Blessed with excellent positioning and finishing abilities, the England international will be looking to win some trophies with the Lilywhites, after agonizingly falling short in the Champions League final against Liverpool. A leader in the dressing room and a leader on the pitch, the 25-year-old will be looking to win the Premier League golden boot in the 2019/20 season.
#3 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – €152 million
The impact Mohamed Salah has had in his two seasons at Liverpool has been remarkable. Winner of the Premier League golden boot in back-to-back seasons, the Egyptian King, as he is fondly known, has silenced the critics who called him a one season wonder. A Champions League winner now, Salah’s pace, trickery and eye for goal have catapulted Liverpool into the top echelons of club football. With Salah still only 27, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp will be hopeful of another stunning season from their iconic number 11.
#2 Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain) – €180 million
The costliest player in world football at the moment, Neymar Jr. has made the headlines for more wrong reasons than right in the last few months. While stories of his tantrums and petulance have been doing the rounds, there is no denying the fact that the Brazilian remains a supremely talented player capable of winning his team matches almost single-handedly. With a move to Barcelona being talked about it will be interesting to see where the enigmatic Brazilian will be playing his trade in the coming season.
#1 Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – €200 million
World cup winner, Ligue 1 Golden Boot winner and one of the best players in the world at the tender age of 20, French sensation Kylian Mbappe has been backed to become one of the greatest football players of this generation. A supreme talent, Mbappe’s electric pace, natural finishing skills and composure on the biggest stage has already made him a household name around the world. With Real Madrid reportedly keen on signing the French sensation, Mbappe’s market value is only set to rise in the coming seasons.