Top 10 Most Valuable Football Players in the World: England Stars at Number One
|Man City’s rising star Phil Foden tops the list of the Top 10 Most Valuable Football Players in the World - update July, 2021|
Every year the numbers get more and more staggering, but what may surprise you is that the game's most historically valuable (and still highest-paid) players aren't necessarily seen as such anymore. According to Swiss organization CIES Football Observatory, which charts the values of soccer players and clubs annually.
Instead, it's the most recent generation of talent, having broken through the ranks and changed the way the game is played as they've done so, that now boast some of the biggest price tags ever seen in any sport. And no doubt much to the pride of the nation that birthed the game, the three most valuable players in Europe's top five leagues are English.
The CIES Football Observatory have updated value of each player based on several attributes. England stars Phil Foden, Mason Mount, and Marcus Rashford are among top ten most valuable players in football.
Kylian Mbappe, who is considered one of the world’s best players, is a notable absentee. However, that comes down to the France forward having just one year left on his Paris Saint-Germain contract.
*Note: The upcoming football stars are featured on this list as they have a higher market value
The CIES Football Observatory’s top ten most valuable players in world football, below (Short List):
1.Phil Foden – €190.2m (£163.4m)
2.Mason Greenwood – €178m (£153m)
3.Marcus Rashford – €159.1m (£137m)
4.Erling Haaland – €155.5m (£133.6m)
5.Bruno Fernandes – €154.3m (£132.6m)
6.Frenkie de Jong – €138.7m (£119.2m)
7.Pedri Gonzalez – €133.2m (£114.4m)
8.Alphonso Davies – €131.6m (£113m)
9.Joao Felix – €127.8m (£110m)
10.Mason Mount – €123.6m (£106m)
Check out the full list of the 10 most valuable soccer players in the world right now below:
1. Phil Foden - Most valuable players in world football
Club: Manchester City
Transfer value: €190.2m
The International Centre for Sports Studies is an independent organisation based in Switzerland that specialises in statistical analysis of footballers and their latest study, which was released on Monday, has valued Foden at €190m euros which equates to £160m. Research from CIES Football Observatory has named Manchester City youngster Phil Foden as the world's most valuable player.
Foden has enjoyed an outstanding season for City and he was made the PFA's Young Player of the Year last week, and the individual award added to his already impressive trophy cabinet, which includes three Premier Leagues, four League Cups and one FA Cup.
2. Mason Greenwood
|Mason Greenwood - Top most valuable football players in the world|
Club: Manchester United
Transfer value: €178m
Mason Greenwood enjoyed a strong end to the season before injury ended his hopes of playing at Euro 2020.
Greenwood overcame early season struggles to enjoy another positive campaign, scoring 12 times and registering six assists in all competitions.
But question marks have remained over where the 19-year-old’s long term future lies in United’s front line.
3. Marcus Rashford
Club: Manchester United
Transfer value: €159.1m
The Manchester United forward signed a long-term contract in February and netted 12 goals last season.
Marcus Rashford, whose form tailed off towards the back-end of the 2020/21 campaign with just one goal in his final 10 games, is third at £137m.
As per CIES Football Observatory’s latest player valuation, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford are the second and third most valuable players in terms of estimated transfers respectively. This is a bold prediction and one that is even more eye-raising considering that the 19-year-old Greenwood is valued at a boggling €178 million with Rashford’s worth estimated at just over €159 million.
4. Erling Haaland
|Erling Haaland - Top Most Valuable Football Players in the World|
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Transfer value: €155.5m
To the surprise of many, Borussia Dortmund’s goal machine Erling Haaland only comes fourth as he is priced at £133.6m.
Haaland has scored an incredible 40 goals in 43 Bundesliga appearances and is being heavily linked with a big-money summer move to Chelsea.
5. Bruno Fernandes - Top Most Valuable, But Disappointments at Euro 2020
|Bruno Fernandes - amongst biggest disappointments at Euro 2020|
Club: Manchester United
Transfer value: €154.3
MANCHESTER UNITED will reportedly prioritise a new contract for Bruno Fernandes after finally sealing their Jadon Sancho deal. Bruno Fernandes will look back on the European Championship with a sense of disappointment ith his national team. Dazzling for Manchester United, Fernandes can't recreate that form on the international stage. He was only a substitute against Germany and Belgium and has just four goals and three assists in 33 caps.
6. Frenkie De Jong
|Frenkie De Jong - Top Most Valuable Football Players|
Club: FC Barcelona
Transfer value: €138.7m
Frenkie de Jong win Barça Players Award 20/21 as selected by the FC Barcelona Players Group in recognition of the most sporting male and female player of the previous season.
Frenkie De Jong (Arkel, Netherlands, 1996) is honoured on his commitment to FC Barcelona and the city since joining the club in the summer of 2019, and his readiness to play in a variety of different positions when called upon.
Barcelona don't want Pedri to go
Club: FC Barcelona
Transfer value: €133.2m
Pedri played 52 games for the Blaugrana in 2020/21, four for Spain Under-21s and eight (so far) for the senior national team. He could be looking at 67 games before even reaching Tokyo, where he'd likely play at least three more before returning to begin the LaLiga Santander season almost straight away.
The player wants to go and go he will, but the Catalan club do not believe it is for the best and have good reason to be concerned.
8. Alphonso Davies
|Alphonso Davies - Top Most Valuable Football Players in the World|
Club: Bayern Munich
Transfer value: €131.6m
Bayern Munich's young Canadian star Alphonso Davies has been named in his country's CONCACAF Gold Cup squad. Davies has been included along with defender Scott Kennedy of Bundesliga 2 side Jahn Regensburg in the Canada roster for the tournament, which will take place in the United States from 10 July to 1 August.
Despite his youth, the 2020 Canadian Player of the Year heads to his third Gold Cup as a senior talisman in the side, and with nine goals from 23 international appearances to date.
9. Joao Felix - Top Most Valuable, But Disappointments at Euro 2020
|Roy Keane slammed Joao Felix after the forward's substitutes display against Belgium ( Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)|
Club: Atlético Madrid
Transfer value: €127.8m
Felix came on as a second half substitute but failed to make an impact as holders Portugal were eliminated by Belgium thanks to Thorgan Hazard's blistering long-range strike.
Roy Keane has branded Portugal forward Joao Felix an "imposter" after watching his side dumped out of Euro 2020 by Belgium on sunday.
10. Mason Mount
|Mason Mount - top most valuable football players|
Transfer value: €123.6m
Chelsea spotted Mason Mount's talent at the age of just six but had to work cleverly to ensure his future as at the club.
Mount has blossomed into a star for club and country over the last two seasons. He ended the 2020/21 campaign as Chelsea's Player of the Year and is tipped to follow in the footsteps of John Terry and captain the club in the years ahead.
With England, few hold as secure a place in Gareth Southgate's side as Mount.
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