Mbappe, Messi, Sancho and the top 25 most valuable players

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CIES Football Observatory has ranked the most valuable players in the top five European leagues

Transfer season is upon us, with several clubs already making big moves for big players to kickstart the summer. However, one major question still remains: who is the world's most valuable player?

 

Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain remains the most expensive transfer in history, as the French side forked over €222 million (£200m/$263m) to sign him from Barcelona in the summer of 2017. 

Still, the Brazilan winger is no longer considered the most valuable player on his own team, let alone in the world, as a number of young stars have risen up the ranks.

CIES Observatory has aimed to answer the question of who is currently the world's most valuable star as they ranked the transfer value of all the footballers in the top leagues by an algorithm that accounts for a variety of factors, including age, production, current league and contract.

  1. Aymeric Laporte | Manchester City
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    #25 Aymeric Laporte | Manchester City

    €105 million (£93m/$118m)
  2. Alisson Becker | Liverpool
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    #24 Alisson Becker | Liverpool

    €108 million (£96m/$122m)
  3. Paulo Dybala | Juventus
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    #23 Paulo Dybala | Juventus

    €108 million (£96m/$122m)
  4. Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool
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    #22 Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool

    €112 million (£100m/$126m)
  5. Ousmane Dembele | Barcelona
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    #21 Ousmane Dembele | Barcelona

    €117 million (£104m/$132m)
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus
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    #20 Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus

    €118 million (£105m/$133m)
  7. Eden Hazard | Real Madrid
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    #19 Eden Hazard | Real Madrid

    €120 million (£107m/$135m)
  8. Marcus Rashford | Manchester United
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    #18 Marcus Rashford | Manchester United

    €124 million (£110m/$140m)
  9. Neymar | Paris Saint-Germain
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    #17 Neymar | Paris Saint-Germain

    €125 million (£111m/$141m)
  10. Paul Pogba | Manchester United
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    #16 Paul Pogba | Manchester United

    €125 million (£111m/$141m)
  11. Romelu Lukaku | Manchester United
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    #15 Romelu Lukaku | Manchester United

    €125 million (£111m/$141m)
  12. Philippe Coutinho | Barcelona
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    #14 Philippe Coutinho | Barcelona

    €129 million (£115m/$146m)
  13. Trent Alexander-Arnold | Liverpool
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    #13 Trent Alexander-Arnold | Liverpool

    €130 million (£116m/$147m)
  14. Gabriel Jesus | Manchester City
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    #12 Gabriel Jesus | Manchester City

    €131 million (£117m/$148m)
  15. Bernardo Silva | Manchester City
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    #11 Bernardo Silva | Manchester City

    €137 million (£122m/$155m)
  16. Leroy Sane | Manchester City
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    #10 Leroy Sane | Manchester City

    €137 million (£122m/$155m)
  17. Antoine Griezmann | Atletico Madrid
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    #9 Antoine Griezmann | Atletico Madrid

    €144 million (£128m/$162m)
  18. Roberto Firmino | Liverpool
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    #8 Roberto Firmino | Liverpool

    €144 million (£128m/$162m)
  19. Harry Kane | Tottenham
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    #7 Harry Kane | Tottenham

    €155 million (£138m/$175m)
  20. Sadio Mane | Liverpool
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    #6 Sadio Mane | Liverpool

    €158 million (£141m/$178m)
  21. Jadon Sancho | Borussia Dortmund
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    #5 Jadon Sancho | Borussia Dortmund

    €159 million (£141m/$179m)
  22. Lionel Messi | Barcelona
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    #4 Lionel Messi | Barcelona

    €167 million (£149m/$188m)
  23. Raheem Sterling | Manchester City
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    #3 Raheem Sterling | Manchester City

    €208 million (£185m/$235m)
  24. Mohamed Salah | Liverpool
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    #2 Mohamed Salah | Liverpool

    €220 million (£196m/$248m)
  25. Kylian Mbappe | Paris Saint-Germain
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    #1 Kylian Mbappe | Paris Saint-Germain

    €252 million (£224m/$284m)