In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, football clubs all around the world have suffered massive losses, due to which teams are not willing to take any risks in the current transfer window. Because of this very reason, we are now starting to see a very realistic valuation of players in the transfer market. Player valuations keep changing over the course of the season, they also depend on several factors like the length of a player’s current contract, his age, and his injury concerns. In this article, we look at the 5 most valuable players in the world right now.
#5 Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah took the Premier League by storm and marked his presence by scoring 32 goals in the league alone and averaging a goal every 91.7 minutes in the league and the Champions League in the 2017/18 season. In the same season, Salah won the Premier League Player of the year award, PFA Player of the Year, and the Premier League golden boot award. He nearly won his team their sixth UCL but unfortunately got injured in the finals.
Since then, Salah’s goal tally has only got better, and now he is regarded as one of the best wingers in world football. In 2019-20, Salah bagged 19 goals as he helped Liverpool win the league title after 30 years. Even though the Merseyside club struggled in the previous season, Salah was the only player that consistently performed throughout the season.
#4 Jadon Sancho
From a very young age, Jadon Sancho was rated highly by everyone around him. He started his career at Manchester City at youth level, he later moved to German giants Borussia Dortmund, a transfer that completely changed the path of his carer. Everyone knew Sancho had a very high ceiling and was very talented and thus, big things were expected from him when he arrived in Germany, he grabbed this opportunity with both hands and showed the world how capable he was.
At Dortmund, Sancho took no time to establish himself and mark his presence, as he netted close to 50 goals in less than 150 matches. His pace combined with his dribbling makes it very difficult for defenders to deal with him. Recently, Manchester United acquired the services of the youngster for 85m euros, making him the most expensive forward in PL’s history.
#3 Harry Kane
Harry Kane had a fairytale season last year which saw him found the back of the net 23 times in just 35 games while assisting 14 times in the process. With such explosive stats, Kane was one of the best forwards in the world last season, and his finishing ability is easily the best in the league. After having an unreal season, Kane won the Premier League golden boot as well. But things are not looking good for Tottenham at the moment, as the striker is pushing for a move away from the club this summer.
Still, 27, looking at his form and his abilities, Kane’s value is only increasing every week. The striker has been at Tottenham since his childhood but has failed to win any silverware despite having many world-class seasons. With Manchester City currently very interested in the striker, it will be interesting to see where Kane ends up playing next season.
#2 Erling Haaland
The most coveted player in football right now, Erling Haaland, is the only player on this list whose value has steadily increased in a matter of just a few months. At the age of just 21, Erling is the best player under the age of 21 right now. Known as ‘the goalscoring robot’, he netted 27 goals in just 28 matches last season for Borussia Dortmund, which is an unbelievable stat for any forward, let alone for a 21-year-old.
His unmatchable physicality combined with his blistering pace makes him a very lethal player going forward. All these qualities combined with his ruthlessness have made him a beast of a player, wanted by all the top clubs in Europe.
#1 Kylian Mbappe
At the age of just 22, Kylian Mbappé has already established himself as one of the best players in the world as he takes the top spot in this list of the 5 most valuable players in the world right now. Valued at 160m euros, Kylian is seen as the successor to Messi and Ronaldo. The striker had an outstanding season individually with PSG last season both domestically and in Europe as he bagged a hat-trick versus Barça and a brace versus Bayern Munich.
Kylian Mbappé exploded onto the scene in 2018 as he earned a move to Paris Saint Germain after breaking records at his former club, AS Monaco. The teenager is tipped to leave PSG this summer with Real Madrid his most likely destination. The Spanish club finds him the perfect player to lead the club to even greater heights.