Given the big business soccer or football has become it is no surprise that player transfer values increase year on year. European based clubs lead the way in assets and these assets are players. With this in mind who are the players that are in the football news today and are the most valuable assets in the game.
The following players’ values are based on several factors such as the age of the player, contract, performances, and the value of the club they play for. Many are young stars with most of their career ahead of them. As well as young, most of them play in a striker position with only one defender featuring in our top ten. So, now we know the parameters let’s uncover the most valuable players on the planet.
1 Kylian Mbappé $214m
The 23 year old French striker is the most valuable soccer star on the planet. His new contract is worth $262m over the next three years. He is one of the youngest players to win the biggest prize in the game, the Fifa World Cup which he did in 2018.
Currently, he plays his football for the French side Paris Saint Germain. No doubt, the big English, Spanish, and Italian clubs will be watching Mr Mbappé with interest.
2 Vinícius Júnior $194m
Brazilian Vinícius Júnior is seen as one of the biggest talents in world football which is not bad for a 21 year old. Vinícius plays his football for Real Madrid and scored 17 goals last season. His biggest moment in football so far is scoring the winning goal against Liverpool in the Champions League final.
3 Erling Haaland $157m
Third, on our list is Norweigan Erling Haaland. The forward has recently signed for Manchester City and is believed to be the natural successor to City legend Sergio Agüero. It is believed that he is the man to get the goals to enable City to lift the Champions League trophy.
4 Pedro González López (Pedri) $141m
Pedri is the first non-striker to appear on our list. The Barcelona player is a midfielder and a considerable talent according to pundits. Spain is known for producing some of the best midfield players to kick a ball, and Pedri looks set to join this illustrious list.
5 Jude Bellingham $140m
The English midfielder is only 18 but is already part of the international squad. When not helping England achieve you’ll find Mr Bellingham playing his football for German club side Dortmund. He is the youngest soccer star on our list and is already been touted as a future great.
6 Phil Foden $129m
Manchester City’s English star midfielder, Phil Foden, is only 22 years old and is currently a favourite to win the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Young Player of the Year award. In the under 17s category, Foden was a World Cup winner in 2017. Despite his young age he already has four Premier League title medals while playing for Manchester City. He is known affectionately as the ‘Stockport Iniesta’, and there is no doubt that this player has a bright future.
7 Frenkie de Jong $118m
He’s Dutch, he plays for the Spanish side Barcelona and is strongly rumoured to be playing for the English side Manchester United very soon. He learned his trade playing for Dutch side Ajax before his move in 2019.
Frenkie de Jong is known for his sublime vision, passing, and dribbling. The kind of player the Dutch seem so good at producing.
8 Luis Díaz $115m
Luis Díaz moved to Liverpool from Portuguese club Porto at the beginning of 2022. Despite fierce competition in the team he has managed to score six goals in 26 appearances for the English side. Columbian by birth, few doubt Luis Díaz will feature strongly in Liverpool’s future plans.
9 Rúben Dias $114m
When Rúben Dias transferred to Manchester City from Benfica it was for a then club record fee of $79m in 2020. Thanks to consistent fantastic performances at the heart of Manchester City’s defence it can easily be argued it was a bargain price.
The Portuguese center half is the stalwart of the team’s defence and no doubt is one of Manchester City’s key players.
10 Ferran Torres $113m
The Spanish star was a long time Manchester City player and returned to Spain to play for Barcelona in December 2021. Many in the soccer press believe this return reignited Barcelona’s flagging season such is the players capabilities.
At 22 he already has an English Premiership champion’s medal and has played at the highest domestic level. He is one to watch for the future and there can be no denying that this player will break through into the international team.
There you have it. The ten most expensive players on the planet. Each one brings something unique to the game, and will no doubt be appearing on lists of this kind for many years to come.