- Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe is rated as the most valuable footballer in the world currently
- Mbappe last summer penned one of the biggest contracts in football to remain with PSG for two more seasons
- Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka also made the top 5 valuable players list
Football is witnessing a rise in great talents set to take over the reigns of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who have dominated the sport for almost two decades.
Ronaldo and Messi have won 12 Ballon d’Ors between them, but that era looks like it is fading with superstars like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland on the rise.
There has been an astronomical rise in the value of these players following their superb performances week in and week out for their respective teams.
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A player's transfer market value is determined by several factors, including their age, current form, position, contractual status, and the level of competition they play in, Sportskeeda reports.
A player's potential, injury record, and off-field behaviour can all have an impact on their transfer market value. This can change quickly depending on the player's demands and the financial strength of the clubs involved in the transfer negotiations.
Here, Sports Brief takes a look at the top five most valuable footballers at the moment.
5. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) - €110 million
Bukayo Saka has been on a roll recently, and at the age of 21, he has already established himself as one of the Premier League's best wingers.
Saka has 12 goals and 10 assists in only 28 Premier League appearances this season and according to Talk Sport, it is the first time in the Arsenal winger's career that he has scored and assisted in double figures in the same season.
The Arsenal winger currently has a transfer market valuation of €110 million.
4. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) - €110 million
Jude Bellingham is one of the most sought-after players right now following the brilliant performances of the England midfielder for Borussia Dortmund.
Bellingham has sparked a bidding war amongst Europe’s top clubs including Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea who are all aiming to land the 19-year-old midfielder.
Bellingham is currently valued at €110 million.
3. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) - €120 million
Vinicius Junior has gradually become one of Real Madrid’s best players in the last two seasons as the Brazilian has formed a key partnership with Karim Benzema upfront for the La Liga giants.
Vinicius scored the winning goal as Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 1-0 to lift the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League to further boost his value.
The Brazilian winger is also known for his directness and willingness to challenge opponents, which makes him a valuable asset for any team looking to add a dynamic and creative player to their attacking options.
It's therefore, no surprise that he's one of the most valuable footballers in the world, with a €120 million transfer market valuation.
2. Erling Haaland (Manchester City) - €170 million
Erling Haaland is making waves in just his first season with English Premier League giants Manchester City.
The Norwegian forward has already surpassed the highest goal scored in the league in a single season previously held by Man City legend Sergio Aguero.
Haaland has also scored an amazing six hattricks in just his first season in England having netted 42 goals in all competitions for the Citizens.
The 22-year-old forward is only the sixth Premier League player ever to register more than 40 goals across all competitions in a single club campaign and is currently valued at €170 million.
1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) - €180 million
At the age of 24, Kylian Mbappe is already regarded as the best football talent in the world following his exploits with the France national team and Paris Saint-Germain.
Mbappe became just the second man to score a World Cup final hat-trick as France agonizingly lost the final to Argentina.
Mbappe who has won multiple titles with PSG is valued at €180 million and is the most valuable player in the world right now.
Kylian Mbappe named France captain
Earlier, Sports Brief reported Kylian Mbappe made history as the youngest French captain ever when Didier Deschamps confirmed he will take over from Hugo Lloris on a permanent basis.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward has been on an impressive trajectory ever since he made his debut a couple of years back.
At 24 years, he is now set to lead an embarrassing pool of talent into a new era for a very long time.