The 20 most valuable players in the world right now: Mbappe above Haaland, Saka fifth…

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London, UK. 12th Mar, 2023. Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG are unsurprisingly among the big-name clubs that boast the most valuable players in world football.

But Liverpool representation is conspicuously absent from the list of the 20 most valuable footballers in Europe. Jurgen Klopp’s squad doesn’t feature any of the most highly-valued players in the sport right now – while they’ll have to pay a pretty penny to land top target Jude Bellingham.

Bellingham is valued at €110million. That makes the Borussia Dortmund midfielder the fourth most valuable player in the world at this moment.

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Man City’s Phil Foden are valued as highly as their fellow England international Bellingham.

Saka has recently moved into the top five after playing a talismanic role in the Gunners’ title charge this year – but the forward is approaching the final year of his contract at the Emirates. Negotiations are ongoing and Arsenal are reportedly confident of their ability to tie down their most prized asset beyond 2024.

The three players ranked as more valuable than the England trio are Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Vinicius Junior.

Mbappe could have joined Real Madrid on a free transfer last summer but ended up staying put at PSG after signing one of the most lucrative contracts in football history. But the 24-year-old only signed a three-year deal with his hometown club, which keeps the question of the transfer circus ongoing.

Haaland only joined City last summer for a fee of €60million and has made a wildly prolific start to life in Manchester. The striker remains contracted at the Etihad until 2027. Links with Real Madrid don’t go away, but Florentino Perez would surely have to break the bank to secure the Norwegian’s signature any time soon.

Los Blancos already have their own young superstar in Vinicius Junior. The 22-year-old Brazilian’s value has shot up over the past year after his heroics in the Champions League, not least having scored the winner in last year’s final against Liverpool.

Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni and Rodrygo are the other Madrid players rated at €80million or above. Only Manchester City have more representatives in the top 20, with Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Rodri alongside Foden and Haaland.

Elsewhere, Barcelona’s dynamic duo Gavi and Pedri are valued at €200million together, while Tottenham icon Harry Kane makes the cut at 29 – despite approaching the final year of his contract with his boyhood club. De Bruyne is the only player older than Kane valued at €80million or more.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s record signing Enzo Fernandez and Manchester United’s wildly in-form Marcus Rashford feature, valued at €85million and €80million respectively.

We’ve taken a look at Transfermarkt‘s valuations of the most valuable players in world football. We’ve extended the list beyond 20 names to include all the players tied in being valued at €80million or more. Here’s that list in full.

1. Kylian Mbappe – €180m
2. Erling Haaland – €170m
3. Vinicius Junior – €120m
4. Jude Bellingham – €110m
5. Bukayo Saka – €110m
6. Phil Foden – €110m
7. Pedri – €110m
8. Jamal Musiala – €100m
9. Federico Valverde – €100m
10. Gavi – €90m
11. Aurelien Tchouameni – €90m
12. Harry Kane – €90m
13. Enzo Fernandez – €85m
14. Rafael Leao – €85m
15. Rodrygo – €80m
16. Declan Rice – €80m
17. Rodri – €80m
18. Dusan Vlahovic – €80m
19. Christopher Nkunku – €80m
20. Martin Odegaard – €80m
21. Bernardo Silva – €80m
22. Marcus Rashford – €80m
23. Joshua Kimmich – €80m
24. Kevin De Bruyne – €80m

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