Mercato Mercato: Bellingham, Mbappé… here are the most expensive footballers in the world, according to CIES

Who is the most expensive player in the world? At first glance, observers, more or less informed, could cite the big names: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Kylian Mbappé. The latter is indeed among the players with the highest value at the moment, according to the latest ranking established by the Football Observatory, the CIES (International Center for Sports Studies). But he is not, contrary to what one might think, the most expensive player today. This is the English nugget, who shone at the last World Cup in Qatar, Jude Bellingham. The 19-year-old English midfielder plays for Borussia Dortmund, and still has two and a half years of contract with his club.

Announced on departure, during this winter transfer window (at worst this summer), the player trained in Birmingham could potentially earn 208.2 million euros for his current club. In second place, we find another Englishman, the young Phil Foden, Manchester City striker. The 22-year-old has a contract that runs until 2027 and is valued at €200.5m. He is ahead of the French Kylian Mbappé, from the height of his 24 years. The top scorer of the last World Cup is valued at 190.7 million euros, in particular due to a contract with Paris Saint-Germain which ends in June 2024. The Brazilian Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) is hot on his heels with a market value of 190.5 million euros. 22 years old and same date of end of contract.


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Two French in the top 20

The striker of the moment, the one who explodes all the counters, is undoubtedly Erling Haaland. The 22-year-old Norwegian who plays for Manchester City has a contract that ends in 2027. But at the height of his 22 years, his current performance could see him climb very quickly in the standings. In sixth and seventh places, we find two Barcelonans: Pedri and Pablo Gavi. Aged 20 and 18 respectively, the two Spaniards are engaged with the Blaugrana until 2026. Also a World Cup sensation, the German Jamal Musiala, trained at Chelsea and now playing for Bayern Munich, has a value of more than 145 million euros from the top of his 19 years.

That’s 20 million more than the other revelation of the World Cup, Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol. At 20, the one who recently extended his contract with Leipzig is ninth in the standings. He is ahead of the Madrilenian, and Uruguayan, Federico Valverde. To find a second Frenchman, you have to go to sixteenth place: Aurélien Tchouaméni, Real Madrid player, is valued at more than 107 million euros. At over 30, Neymar is only valued at 52 million euros. Lionel Messi (35) and Cristiano Ronaldo (37) who has just signed in Saudi Arabia do not appear in this ranking.


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