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Who is the most expensive footballer on the market that surpasses Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé

By Mauricio Saenz

Who is the most expensive footballer on the market that surpasses Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé

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Manchester City's English striker Phil Foden (190.2 million euros) would be the most expensive player on the market, according to the CIES Football Observatory, which has published a biannual ranking of the players from the five major leagues in Europe with the highest estimated value transfer.

To set the alleged transfer price, CIES has taken into account a statistical model that includes variables related to the player (length of contract, age, international status, progression of his career and performances), his club (sports level and economic level) and context (inflation).

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood (€ 178 M) occupies the second box and his teammate, Marcus Rashford (€ 159.1 M) closes a podium entirely made up of English.

In fourth place is Borussia Dortmund's Norwegian striker Erling Haaland (€ 155.5 M), followed by England's Red Devils Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (€ 154.3 M) who is fifth on this list.

The La Liga player quota is led by Dutchman Frenkie de Jong (€ 138.7 M) who is sixth, followed by fellow Barcelona footballer Pedri González (€ 133.2 M) who is seventh and Portuguese attacker João Félix (€ 127.8 M ) of Atlético of Madrid, who occupies the ninth position, behind the Canadian of Bayern Munich, Alphonso Davies (€ 131.6 M) who is eighth.

The list of the ten players with the highest estimated transfer value is completed by one of the figures of the most recent Champions League champion, Chelsea winger and England team Mason Mount (€ 123.6 M), while Kylian Mbappé (€ 118.3 M) appears in box number 12, with only one year remaining from his contract with PSG.

The first South American to appear on this list is Brazilian Vinícius Júnior (€ 104.4 M) of Real Madrid in box 18, followed by his compatriots Gabriel Jesús (€ 98.7 M) in position 22 and Rodrygo Goes (€ 77.7 M) in 41. Neymar (€ 61.1 M) at 29 years old and recently renewed by PSG, after a season in which he didn't win Ligue 1 and did not reach the Champions League final, he falls to 71st place.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two most awarded players in modern football in the last decade, are not on the list due to their current situation. The Argentine is close to being released if at the end of June he does not renew with Barcelona and, in the event that he leaves for another destination, he would do so at no cost.

The Portuguese, meanwhile, only has one year left on his contract with Juventus, but his market valuation fell to 45 million euros. Sergej Milinković-Savić of Lazio, worth 50.5 million euros, is the bottom of the list presented by CIES.


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