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Most Valuable Football Players of All Time

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The transfer value of footballers are usually calculated based on many factors, including the length of their current contract, age and buyout clauses. Read on to find out more about the top 10 most valuable stars in each of Europe’s top five leagues.

A study has been conducted to calculate the current value of players during the coronavirus pandemic and focused on the top 10 most valuable stars in each of Europe’s top five leagues. 

Overall,

the Premier League

dominated the list with six of the top 10 and 10 of the top 20

most valuable players

in England’s top-flight. For Canadian fans, teenager sensation

Alphonso Davies

is in the top 10, while Mexico’s fans will be happy to see Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano is in at 86.

What about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi? Well they are usually right at the top of any list like this but due to their age (Messi is 32 and Ronaldo is 35) they rank way down on this list.

Below is the list of the most valuable football players of all time:

The list also suggests that the English and French national teams have a very bright future having five of the top 10 stars.

Kylian Mbappe

One of the most valuable football players of all time

is Kylian Mbappe who costs 231.2 Million GBP. Kylian Mbappé's future continues to be one of the big unknowns at Paris Saint-Germain. The France international could become one of the biggest names in transfer history although his price will vary depending on whether he renews with PSG or not. 

L'Équipe

 have made an estimation of how much the striker could be worth on the market next year.

If Mbappé ends up extending his contract with PSG by one year, his market value could increase by 39 million euros - in other words, his price would rise from 242 million to 281 million, an increase which would only exceeded by Jadon Sancho, if he ends up continuing until 2024 with Borussia Dortmund (he is under contract until 2023); if that happens, his market value would increase by 43 million euros.

At the moment, Kylian Mbappé is the most expensive player on the planet according to numerous outlets - for 

Transfermarkt

, he is worth 180 million euros, for 

KPMG

, 200 million and for 

CIES

, 242 million. However, the break in Ligue 1 due to the coronavirus crisis would have seen his value depreciate by around 10 %.

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Raheem Sterling

The second most valuable football players of all time is Raheem Sterling who costs 172.6 Million GBP. Raheem Sterling, as 

one of the most valuable soccer players ever

, born 8 December 1994, is a professional 

footballer

 who plays as a 

winger

 and 

attacking midfielder

 for 

Premier League

 club 

Manchester City

 and the 

England national team

.

Born in Jamaica, Raheem Sterling, one of the most valuable soccer players ever, moved to London at the age of five and began his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Liverpool in 2010. Raheem Sterling was awarded the Golden Boy award in 2014. In July 2015, following a lengthy dispute over a new contract,

Raheem Sterling was signed by Manchester City in a transfer potentially worth £49 million, the highest transfer fee ever paid for an English player at the time. However, now Raheem Sterling is one of the most valuable soccer players ever.

Raheem Sterling then went on to help Manchester City win back-to-back Premier League titles in the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons. In the 2018–19 season, Raheem Sterling was named to the PFA Premier League Team of the Year and won the PFA Young Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year.

Raheem Sterling made his senior debut for England in November 2012 after previously being capped by England youth teams at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels. Raheem Sterling was chosen in England's squads for the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 2016.

Jadon Sancho

The third most valuable football player of all time is Jadon Sancho who costs 159.7 Million GBP. 

Jadon 

Sancho, as one of 

the most valuable footballers in history

, has been in scintillating form, racking up 17 goals and 16 assists in the Bundesliga this season after becoming a regular member of the senior England team since his international debut nearly two years ago. 

Jadon

Sancho's value has skyrocketed after making the switch from Manchester City to Dortmund in 2017 with the 20-year-old scoring 17 goals and providing 16 assists in another terrific Bundesliga season. 

Jadon Sancho, one of the most valuable footballers in history,

born in 2000, is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the England national team.

A highly technical, creative player, 

Jadon Sancho

is known for his trickery, pace and use of feints in one-on-one situations and has been described as one the world's best young players.

Jadon Sancho

came runner-up for the 2019 Kopa Trophy and was nominated to the 40-man shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy.

As one of the most valuable footballers in history, Sancho signed his first senior contract with Dortmund in 2017. In his second season, he established himself as a first-team regular and was named in the 

2018–19 Bundesliga 

Team of the Season. Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Sancho won his first trophy following the 

DFL-Supercup

 victory over 

Bayern Munich

.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 

The fourth most valuable football player of all time

is Trent Alexander-Arnold who costs 152.6 Million GBP. Trent Alexander-Arnold, born in 1998, is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Liverpool and the England national team.

Alexander-Arnold, 

one of the 

most valuable players in football history

,

joined Liverpool's academy in 2004 and captained the club at across its youth levels. He made his senior debut in 2016, at 18, and played in back-to-back UEFA Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019, winning the latter and being named in the Champions League Squad of the Season.

These appearances made Alexander-Arnold, one of the most valuable players in football history, the youngest player to start in consecutive finals in the competition. In the same year, Alexander-Arnold won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

In domestic football, Alexander-Arnold won the 2019–20 PFA Young Player of the Year and the inaugural Premier League Young Player of the Season awards, has twice been named in the PFA Team of the Year, and helped end Liverpool's 30-year league title drought by winning the 2019–20 Premier League.

Alexander-Arnold, one of the most valuable players in football history, has also represented England at various youth levels and made his senior debut in 2018. Alexander-Arnold has since featured at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where he became only the fourth teenager to start a match for England in the tournament, and in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League where his nation ended third.

Marcus Rashford

The fifth most valuable football player of all time is 

Marcus Rashford

who costs 135.8 Million GBP. 

Marcus Rashford, born in 1997, is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team.

A Manchester United player from the age of seven, Marcus Rashford, one of

the 

most valuable players in the football world

,

scored two goals on both his first-team debut against Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League in February 2016 and his Premier League debut against Arsenal three days later.

He also scored in his first Manchester derby match, his first EFL Cup match and his first UEFA Champions League match. With United, Marcus Rashford has so far won the FA Cup, EFL Cup, FA Community Shield and UEFA Europa League.

Marcus Rashford, as one of the 

most valuable players in the football world,

scored on his England debut in May 2016, becoming the youngest English player to score in his first senior international match.

Marcus Rashford played at the UEFA Euro 2016 as the tournament's youngest player, and at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Marcus Rashford, as one of the 

most valuable players in the football world,

has also served as an activist on the issue of child food poverty in the United Kingdom. For his efforts, Marcus Rashford was recognized as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2020.

Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly

The sixth most valuable football player of all time is Mohamed Salah who costs 129.2 Million GBP. Mohamed Salah, born in 1992, is an Egyptian professional football player who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Egypt national team.

Considered as one of the best players in the world, Mohamed Salah is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed.

Mohamed Salah started his senior career with Egyptian club El Mokawloon, departing shortly thereafter to join Swiss side Basel for an undisclosed fee. In Switzerland, his performances attracted Premier League side Chelsea, who signed him for in 2014.

However, he was used sparingly in his debut season and was allowed to leave on loan to Serie A clubs 

Fiorentina

and Roma, with the latter eventually signing him permanently for €15 million.

Following his role in helping Roma to a second-placed finish and a club record points-tally in 2017, Salah returned to the Premier League to sign for Liverpool for a then club-record fee of £36.9 million.

In his second spell in England, Mohamed Salah adapted his game from a natural winger to a forward, going on to break the Premier League scoring record for a 38-game season and subsequently receiving the Premier League Golden Boot after netting 32 goals in 36 league games.

Salah's performances earned him a number of individual accolades, including the PFA Players' Player of the Year. Mohamed Salah also came third in the 2018 Best FIFA Men's Player award.

In the following season, he finished as the Premier League's joint-top goal scorer, and helped Liverpool win the 2019 UEFA Champions League. The following season, Mohamed Salah helped end the club's 30-year league title drought by winning the 2019–20 Premier League.

At international level, Mohamed Salah represented Egypt at youth level. Following his performances at the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was named CAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year.

Since then, Mohamed Salah has helped Egypt reach the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, and was top scorer during CAF qualification to help the team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Salah has been named the CAF African Footballer of the Year (2017 and 2018), BBC African Footballer of the Year (2017 and 2018), and was selected in the Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament and CAF Team of the Year.

Sadio Mane

The seventh 

most valuable football player of all time

is Sadio Mane who costs 124.1 Million GBP. Sadio Mane, born in 1992, 

is a Senegalese professional football player who plays as a winger for Premier League club Liverpool and the Senegal national team.

Sadio Mane 

began his professional career with Ligue 2 club Metz at age 19, but he departed after a solitary season to join Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg in 2012 for a fee of €4 million, winning a league and cup domestic double in the 2013–14 season.

Later that summer, Sadio Mané transferred to English club Southampton for a club record fee of £11.8 million. There, Sadio Mané set a new Premier League record for the fastest hat-trick, scored in 176 seconds in a 6–1 win over Aston Villa in 2015.

Sadio Mané signed for fellow Premier League side Liverpool in 2016, for a reported fee of £34 million. With Liverpool, Sadio Mané helped them reach back-to-back UEFA Champions League Finals in 2018 and 2019, winning the latter.

Sadio Mané also finished as the league's joint-top goal scorer in the 2018–19 season, winning the Premier League Golden Boot.

The same year, Sadio Mané finished fourth for the Ballon d'Or and fifth for The Best FIFA Men's Player award.Sadio Mané then helped end Liverpool's 30-year league title drought by winning the 2019–20 Premier League.

At international level, Sadio Mané has registered 19 goals in 69 appearances for Senegal since his debut in 2012, and currently ranks as his nation's fifth all-time top goal scorer, and eighth all-time for appearances.

Sadio Mané represented Senegal at the 2012 Olympics, as well as the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations. In the 2019 iteration, Sadio Mané helped Senegal to a runners-up finish, and a year later, was named African Footballer of the Year.

Sadio Mané also represented his nation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in their second ever appearance in the competition.

 Antoine Griezmann

The eighth 

most valuable football player of all time

is 

Antoine Griezmann 

who costs 121.6 Million GBP. 

Antoine Griezmann, born in 1991, is a French professional football player who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the France national team.

Born and raised in Mâcon, Antoine Griezmann began his senior career as a member of Spanish side Real Sociedad in 2009, with whom he won the Segunda División title in his first season, departing five seasons later to join Atlético Madrid for a then-club record €30 million.

Although featuring mostly as a winger during his time with Sociedad, Antoine Griezmann adapted his game in Madrid to become a complete forward, and quickly became the focal point of the team. He went on to break the club's scoring record for a debut season, and was named in the 2014–15 La Liga Team of the Season.

He was also named La Liga Best Player in 2016, and finished third for both the 2016 Ballon d'Or and 2016 Best FIFA Men's Player awards.Antoine Griezmann was again nominated for the awards in 2018, finishing third and sixth respectively,as he helped Atlético win the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, scoring twice in the final.

Antoine Griezmann also won the 2014 Supercopa de España and 2018 UEFA Super Cup during his time in Madrid, and ranks as the club's fifth-highest goal scorer. In July 2019, Antoine Griezmann departed Atlético to join league rivals Barcelona in a €120 million deal, making him the joint-fourth most expensive football player of all-time.

Griezmann is a former French youth international, representing his country at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level, and was part of the team that won the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship on home soil.

He earned his first cap for the senior national team in 2014, and played at that year's World Cup, helping his country to the quarter-finals. At UEFA Euro 2016, France finished runners-up as hosts, while Griezmann was the top goal

scorer and was voted the Player of the Tournament.

He later won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a tournament in which he scored four goals, which earned him the Silver Boot as the second highest goal scorer of the tournament, won the Bronze Ball as the third best player, and was named man of the match in the final.

Alphonso Davies

The ninth most valuable football player of all time is Alphonso Davies who costs 119 Million GBP. Alphonso Davies, born in 2000, 

is a Canadian professional football player who plays as a left-back or winger for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Canada national team. 

Alphonso Davies 

is widely considered a highly promising prospect in the media due to his combination of his explosive pace, acceleration, dribbling, flair, agility, feints, creativity, passing, and vision.

Alphonso Davies 

was the first player born in the 2000s to play in a Major League Soccer match. 

Alphonso Davies 

joined Bayern in January 2019 from MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC on a contract lasting until 2023 for a then-MLS record transfer fee. 

Alphonso Davies 

was named the Bundesliga Rookie of the Season for 2019–20.In that season 

Alphonso Davies 

also was part of the team winning the continental treble after Bayern won the Bundesliga, the UEFA Champions League and the DFB-Pokal.

In June 2017, 

Alphonso Davies 

became the youngest player to appear for the Canadian men's national team.By scoring two goals in a 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against French Guiana, 

Alphonso Davies 

became the youngest player to score for the Canadian men's national team, the youngest to score at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and first player born in the 2000s to score at a top-level international tournament.

Harry Kane 

The tenth

most valuable football player of all time

is 

Harry Kane 

who costs 119 Million GBP. Born in 1993, 

Harry Kane is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the England national team.

Regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, Harry Kane is known for his prolific goal scoring record and ability to link play. 

Harry Kane began his career at Tottenham Hotspur, where, after fast progression through the team's youth academy, he was promoted to the senior team in 2009, at age 16. Harry Kane did not initially feature for the side, and was loaned out several times to clubs across the English football pyramid, including Leyton Orient, Millwall, Leicester City, and Norwich City.

Harry Kane's involvement at Tottenham began to increase following the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino as head coach in 2014. In his first full season at the club, Harry Kane scored 31 goals across all competitions, was the Premier League's second-highest goal scorer, and won PFA Young Player of the Year.

Harry Kane has scored 32 goals in 49 games for England. Harry Kane appeared and scored at every youth level and made his senior debut in March 2015, aged 21, scoring in that game.

Harry Kane featured and scored during UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, but although he played in the tournament itself he did not score.

Harry Kane was made the squad's captain from May 2018, prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In that tournament Harry Kane led England to fourth place, their highest finish since 1990. He also finished as the top goal scorer, winning the Golden Boot.

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

One of the other most valuable football players of all time is Neymar who costs 73 Million GBP.

Born in 1992, Neymar is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is widely considered as one of the best players in the world.

Neymar came into prominence at Santos, where he made his professional debut aged 17.

He helped the club win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores; the latter being Santos' first since 1963. Neymar was twice named the South American Footballer of the Year, in 2011 and 2012, and soon relocated to Europe to join Barcelona. 

As part of Barcelona's attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, he won the continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League, and finished third for the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2015 for his performances.

He then attained a domestic double in the 2015–16 season. In 2017, Neymar transferred to Paris Saint-Germain in a move worth €222 million, making him the most expensive player ever.

In France, Neymar won three league titles, two Coupe de France, and two Coupe de la Ligue, which included a domestic treble and being voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year in his debut season.

 

Neymar helped PSG attain a domestic quadruple in the 2019–20 season, and led the club to its first ever Champions League Final.

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