Haaland and Bellingham follow, the first player in Serie A is Leao in 21st position
PSG and France superstar Kylian Mbappé is the world’s most valuable player with a value of €210m, €32m more than Man City forward Erling Haaland, according to the latest player ratings from Football Benchmark. Jude Bellingham with 147 million euros is the third highest valued player and the first player under 21 years of age. Looking at the biggest increases in player value since October 2022, Barcelona and Spaniard Gavi top the list with a €51m (70%) increase in value to €123m. The return to form of Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford has seen his value increase by €28m (48%) and he is the seventh player with the highest percentage of gains in value.
Fourth with a value of 146 million the Real Madrid striker Vinicius Junior followed by Phil Foden of the City with a value of 139 million. The Football Benchmark team comments that “it speaks volumes about a trend in modern football that all 10 of the world’s most valuable players are under the age of 25”. In fact, they are followed by the names of Jamal Musiala, Gavi, Federico Valverde and Bukayo Saka, all newcomers in the top 10 since July, replacing Harry Kane, Bruno Fernandes, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mason Mount. Looking at the leagues players come from, La Liga is the league with the most players in the top 10 (4), followed by the English Premier League (3), the German Bundesliga (2) and Ligue 1 (1). “The top Serie A player in our table is AC Milan left winger Rafael Leão, in 21st place,” says Football Benchmark who also points out that “the last list, October 2022, included seven players worth more than 100 million euros; that number jumped to nine this time around. Five of the top 10 most valuable Under-21 players in the world play in the German Bundesliga.
Manchester City continues to lead the club rankings in terms of squad value, Chelsea, active in the transfer market, have risen to third place in the standings for value, if not third in the Premier League for performance. “The dominance of the English top flight is evident as all the so-called ‘Big Six’ are among the most valuable teams in the world. Last October, the only club with a squad value exceeding €1bn was Manchester City, while the current list has six clubs that have passed this important threshold,” underlines Football Benchmark and they are City, Liverpool, Chelsea , Bayern Munich, Barcelona and PSG with Real Madrid stopping at 951 million.