Young lions – overpriced and underused

BY THE time Diego Armando Maradona was 21 years old, he had played around 200 league games for his employers. Likewise, Pelé, at that tender age, had turned-out around 300 times for Santos. More recently, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two totems of the modern age, made more than 100 appearances. George Best, by his 21stbirthday, was heading towards the 150 mark. In short, … Continue reading Young lions – overpriced and underused

Premier power shows through in valuations

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 … Continue reading Premier power shows through in valuations