THE Latest report by CIES Football Observatory, outlining player valuations in the “big five” European leagues, underlines once more the undeniable power of the English Premier League.
There are 27 players listed with a valuation of more than € 100 million and 16 of them currently play for Premier League teams.
Although the top valuation is 20 year-old Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain, who is valued at € 218.5 million, just over € 18 million higher than Tottenham’s Harry Kane. PSG’s Neymar is third, with a price tag of € 197.1 million.
Interestingly, in the recent release by KPMG Football Benchmark, Neymar is ranked at number one at € 229.1 million and Mbappe comes in at € 215 million. Lionel Messi is valued at € 203.3 by KMPG.
CIES’ 27 € 100 million club also includes five players from La Liga, three from Serie A, two from Ligue 1 and just one – Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho (valued at € 112 million) – from the Bundesliga. It is difficult not to feel that “Sancho fever” has hit the football world, a relatively untried 19 year-old player.
The valuations produced by CIES reveal Manchester City’s strength, with six priced at over € 100 million, with Raheem Sterling leading the way at € 185.8 million. Liverpool have five players, with Mo Salah at the front with a valuation of € 184.3 million. KPMG list Salah at € 168 million.
These valuations also demonstrate the enduring appeal of Brazilian players – there are six in the € 100 million bracket – and also confirm that the uptick in English optimism is justified. There are five Englishmen – Kane, Dele Alli, Sterling, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sancho – in the € 100m-plus range. World Cup winners France also have five.
With Lionel Messi (seventh position, € 171.2 m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (19th, € 127.2 m), now slipping down the rankings, the CIES list provides some pointers to where the successors to this duo are coming from.