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Most valuable footballers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Mon 02 August 2021 | 15:00

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Football Tournament is already taking place, it might find you well to know valuable players who are the main pillars of the most valuable men’s team in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Football.

While the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament of Tokyo 2020, started on July 23 and is scheduled to take long until August 7, 2021; 16 national teams are competing for Gold.

All the 16 teams taking part in the tournament were allowed to choose 22 players before the start of the tournament so as to select 18 players on each match day.

The event is boasting some of the most successful nations in the sport, and undeniably a disproportionate number of upcoming stars with their immense talents have been highlighted.

As a plethora of top teams are participating, let's take a glimpse at the top five

Most valuable men’s team in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Football

.

Arguably Spain is the most valuable men's team in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Football, thereupon six players on the list of the top 10

most valuable footballers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

are from Spain too.

  • Spain – €563M

  • Brazil – €363.7M

  • Germany – €128.3M

  • Argentina – €128.1M

  • France – €121.5M

However, European Championship winners, Italy are not contributing to the competition, in as much as their U-21 team crashed out in the group stage of the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

According to FIFA regulations, all players participating in the tournament shall be born on or after 1 January 1997 except for three male players exceeding the 24-year-old age limit to contribute to the final tournament for the sake of adding some sort of experience to the otherwise very young squads.

As a result, a whole raft of promising talents is endeavouring in their quest for gold at Tokyo Olympics, while some of them have already made their name at the club level.

Most valuable footballers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

To keep all of these in mind, here we would take you through the top 10 most valuable footballers at the Tokyo Olympics.

10. Douglas Luiz

  • Market value: €35 million

  • Country: Brazil 

  • Age: 23

As the central midfielder for Premier League club

Aston Villa

, just at the age of 23 years old, he has turned into a mainstay of the team with his stellar performance in these two seasons.

Since he was transferred to Villa from Manchester City for €16.8 million, he has featured in 76 games for the Villans, as 69 of them were in the Premier League, during which he racked up three goals and five assists.

Being good at playing in more than one position in the midfield area, he is considered to be one of the most valuable footballers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Therefore it is no wonder to see that the Italian club Roma would be interested in contracting such immense talent, during the current transfer season.

Moreover, on the international stage, he was a member of the Brazil squad at Copa America 2021, yet he just starred in only two games of the tournament.

In Brazil's draw against Ivory Coast at the Tokyo Olympic games, he made headlines as he suffered the “worst ever” VAR decision.

That is to say, he was sent off for what was supposed to be minimal - if any - contact when Youssouf Dao ran close to him, and the VAR tool led to a yellow card that eventually was upgraded to a red.

9. Mikel Merino

  • Market value: €40 million

  • Country: Spain 

  • Age: 25

The midfielder of La Liga club Real Sociedad is regarded as one of Spain's more experienced Olympic players in Tokyo, while he also earned the spot number nine in the list of the most valuable footballers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

After having rather an impressive journey through the clubs like

Osasuna

, Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United, with possessing a fascinating passing ability and excellent potential to read the game, he finally landed in Real Sociedad in 2018 for a reportedly undisclosed fee of around €12 million on a five-year deal contract.

Since he joined the club, the 25-year-old, appeared 91 times and bagged 10 goals for them until now. Earlier this year, he grabbed a triumph over Athletic Bilbao in the delayed 2019-20 Copa Del Rey final with his utterly spectacular aerial prowess.

At the international level, he was a member of the Spain under-19 team which won the 2015 UEFA European Championship in Greece as he starred with scoring their first goal of the tournament, in a 3–0 victory over holders Germany at the AEL FC Arena in Larissa.

For the first time, he was called up to the senior team on 20 August 2020 for the initial two matches of the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League against Germany and Ukraine, as he debuted against the former on 3 September by being replaced by Sergio Busquets early into the second half of an eventual 1–1 draw.

8. Carlos Soler

  • Market value: €40 million

  • Country: Spain 

  • Age: 24

While he plays as a central or right midfielder for Valencia CF, the Spaniard is considered to be one of the

most valuable footballers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

.

As he played all of his football club journey for Valencia CF, in 2019, he got contracted a four-year deal extension, so as to remain at the club until 2023, with his release clause set at €150 million.

But since he debuted for the club in the summer of 2016, he has starred in 200 games in all competitions and managed to score 23 goals and provide 26 assists. Moreover, it is pertinent to indicate that he won the 2018-19 Copa Del Rey with Valencia. Perhaps these are the reasons why he is included among Some of the most valuable players at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

After that

Valencia

struggled both on and off the field last season, the 24-year-old and several other players are suspected to exit the club this summer.

Hopefully, in the light of his excellent ability on the ball, it is assumed that Barcelona is interested in him especially when they failed to attract Georginio Wijnaldum. Yet it remains to be seen whether he would leave his boyhood club this summer or not.

7. Diego Carlos

  • Market value: €45 million

  • Country: Brazil 

  • Age: 28

As a defender for La Liga club Sevilla, he has performed a stellar performance since he joined the club two years ago, therefore he is considered to be among

Some of the most valuable players at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

He was honoured to win the Europa League with

Sevilla

last season and has appeared 68 for the club in all competitions since he was transferred to Sevilla from Nantes in 2019.

With such a good performance, it is no wonder to see two 'big' clubs like Liverpool and Real Madrid have been tempted to take him in service, as the 28-year-old has formed a flourishing partnership with Jules Kounde at the heart of the Sevilla defence.

Hence, as both European giants are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements this summer, it remains to be known whether Carlos would land up ahead of the new season's arrival or not.

At the international level, on 3 November 2020, he was lately called up to his national team for two 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying games against Venezuela and Uruguay.

Despite being 28 years old, he was named in the Brazil squad for the 2020 Summer Olympics and has featured in the matches of the tournament, so as to be included in the list of the most valuable footballers of the Tokyo Olympics.

6. Pau Torres

  • Market value: €50 million

  • Country: Spain 

  • Age: 24

The centre-back of the La Liga club Villarreal has performed so spectacularly last season, that he led his team to defeat Manchester United in the Europa League final.

Although he was loaned from his boyhood club Villarreal to Málaga CF in 2018 when he came back, he stabilized his spot in Villarreal's starting XI as he starred in every minute of the league, hence in 2019 he was granted a contract extension until 2024.

While he is one of the

most valuable footballers at the Tokyo Olympics

, the 24-year-old is one of six Spanish players at the Tokyo Olympics who took part in Euro 2020 as well.

Precisely as saying, he starred in all six games for Spain at Euro 2020, and as the main pillar of the team, he amazingly provided two assists, while they were beaten in a penalty shootout by eventual winners Italy. On that note, it is no wonder to see him as a transfer target for clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United.

In this regard,

Manchester United

reportedly had a negotiation with Villarreal so as to take the service of the promising Spanish defender for the sake of grappling with the defensive problems they confronted in recent seasons.

5. Dani Olmo

  • Market value: €50 million

  • Country: Spain 

  • Age: 23

While he is the attacking midfielder or winger of Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, he is honoured to be among some of the most valuable players at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as he was included in Luis de la Fuente's 22-man squad to represent Spain in the tournament.

Since he joined RB Leipzig on 25 January 2020 on a four-year contract, he has made 44 appearances, scored  8 goals and provided 11 assists with 10 of them coming last season.

With his providing three assists during Spain run to the last four at Euro 2020 tournament, you would understand what an indispensable role the 23-year-old played in the team.

His playing at the Tokyo Olympic games would provide him with the opportunity to get out of the German club Leipzig to one of the major clubs in the world.

With his stellar performance at Euro 2020 on his national side, coupled with his impressing feat at

Leipzig

, unsurprisingly, La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are reported to be interested in him. It is notable to suggest, that once Barcelona let him leave as a 16-year-old to join Dinamo Zagreb.

4. Franck Kessie

  • Market value: €50 million

  • Country: Ivory Coast 

  • Age: 24

The Ivorian central midfielder of the Italian Serie A club, Milan is considered to be among

the

most valuable footballers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

. He successfully made his feat at the tournament as he put away a goal in the Ivory Coast triumph over Saudi Arabia.

But as they were knocked out at the quarter-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics against Spain, he has immediately come back to Milan to join up with his group.

As one of the most impressive players of Milan, since he became permanent in the club in 2019, he managed to appear 72 times while he racked up 17 goals for the side.

Not to mention that he just found the back of the net 13 times and provided 6 assists in Serie A last season so as to lead Milan finish only behind winners Internazionale.

Amazingly, 11 of his goals came from the spot, a record that only five teams across Europe's top-five leagues managed to exceed. Moreover, despite his tender age of 24 years old, he represented Ivory Cost senior national team 48 times and put away 4 goals for them too.

As he is revered as one of the most promising midfielders, it is no wonder to see that he attracted the eyes of a raft of top clubs around the world, including

Arsenal

.

3. Richarlison de Andrade

  • Market value: €55 million

  • Country: Brazil 

  • Age: 24

The Brazilian forward of the Premier League club Everton has the third position on the list of the most valuable footballer of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

He utterly deserves to be ranked on the list in as much as just with his four appearances at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics he has scored 5 goals for his side.

Precisely as saying, he scored a sumptuous hat trick on his Olympics debut on 22 July, so as to lead Brazil to a 4–2 triumph over Germany.

Therefore he etched his name in history as the first-ever Brazilian Premier League player who managed to score a hat-trick at the quadrennial tournament.

Since he was transferred to Everton in 2018 with a minimum fee of £35 million, he made around 105 appearances and scored 33 goals for the club.

The 24-year-old who also accompanied his national side to the 2019 Copa América, is expected to be transferred to

Real Madrid

especially after Carlo Ancelotti became in the charge of the club this summer.

Yet, with the La Liga giants apparently strapped for cash, it is still unclear whether they would afford to meet Everton's valuation of Richarlison or not.

2. Mikel Oyarzabal

  • Market value: €70 million

  • Country: Spain 

  • Age: 24

The Spanish left-winger or forward of La Liga club Real Sociedad is not only revered as one of the most valuable footballers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but he is also one of the hottest promising players in the game at the moment. Just consider his scoring the lone and winner goal of his side national team against Australia and his extra-time penalty in their quarter-final triumph over the Ivory Coast in the Tokyo Olympics.

Not to mention that he represented the Spanish national team in Euro competitions and even though he was not included in the team’s starting line-up, he featured in all matches of the competition and was the main pillar of his team that led them to reach the quarter-finals with his scoring a killer goal during the extra games, in the match that brought together Spain and Croatia at the price of the final, and it was eventually ended up to the Span's 5-3 victory.

Here comes the idea of whether he has been considered as one of the most valuable players at Euro 2020 or not, in this regard, you may find 

Most Valuable Players of EURO 2020

helpful.

While he has spent his entire professional journey with Real Sociedad, appearing more than 200 times and netting over 50 goals, he had a spectacular campaign this season as he racked up 13 goals and 10 assists in his 43 appearances across competitions as he also won the 2020 Copa del Rey with the club and scored in its final.

In the light of his versatility and ability on the ball, Manchester City is interested in him, as they are reportedly ready to meet Real Sociedad's €75 million valuations of the 24-year-old, in as much as they are determined to win the first European title in their history next season. While their Premier League rivals, Arsenal, are apparently attracted to him as well

1. Pedri (Pedro González López)

  • Market value: €80 million

  • Country: Spain 

  • Age: 18

Owing to his stellar performance at the La Liga club Barcelona and then with the Spanish national team at Euro 2020, the 18-year-old central midfielder, not only he has earned a spot in the list of the best young talents in the world but also he has astonishingly taken the top position on the list of the most valuable footballers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Despite his tender age, he has been regarded as a mainstay in Barcelona as he became capable of playing multiple positions at the helm of new manager Ronald Koeman last season, in case you are interested to know more about him, you can check out 

Pedri Gonzalez Biography

.

He has managed to make 52 appearances and rack up 4 goals and 6 assists for Barcelona across all competitions as he only missed one La Liga game.

Moreover, he showcased such a dazzling performance against Euro 2020 champions Italy in the semi-finals, that he was voted the Euro 2020 Young Player of the Tournament, and was honoured to be the only Spanish player in the tournament that was named in the Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament.

However, Ronald Koeman, the Barcelona manager, criticised his being included in Spain's Olympic squad since he deemed calling him up for two international tournaments in the same summer as "too much".

Likewise, it is notable to suggest that on 22 July 2021, he featured the full 90 minutes of Spain's 0–0 opener against Egypt as of his 66th appearance of the season, so he utterly deserves to be number one in the list of the most valuable footballers at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

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