The CIES Football Observatory released their latest transfer fee evaluations this past week in their effort to determine which players are overdue for massive paydays in the near future and to essentially understand who is the hot commodity right now.
Kylian Mbappé, the French wunderkind who has quickly taken the world by storm on both the club and country level, is now the highest valued player in the five biggest leagues in Europe, and with that, all over the world. According to CIES, the 19-year-old is valued at an outrageous 216.5 million euros (247.5 million dollars), which is almost 20 million more than the player in second place, Tottenham striker Harry Kane (197.3 million euros/225.5 million dollars).
Mbappe's PSG teammate Neymar sits in third place at 197 million euros (225.2 million dollars), Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah is the fourth highest valued at 173 million euros (197.7 million dollars), and Barcelona winger Philippe Coutinho rounds out the top five being valued at 171.3 million euros (195.8 million dollars).
Notably missing from the top five are both Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. While the Barcelona legend can quickly be found in sixth place having been valued at 170.6 million euros (195 million dollars), which is still something special for a player in his 30s, the same cannot be said about the new Juve man. Ronaldo is reportedly way down on the pecking order at 123.6 million euros (141.2 million dollars), which while still being monopoly money at this point, is still noticeably lower than the aforementioned leaders.
In other news, Tottenham's Dele Alli, Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti, and Manchester City's Ederson are the most valuable players in the midfield, full-back, center-back, and goalkeeping positions respectively.
Click here for more information on the CIES Football Observatory.
What do you guys think about this evaluation? Is Kylian Mbappé the "most valuable" player in Europe, and by default, the world? Please let us know on the Fancred app or on any of our social media? And for more on all things soccer, keep it locked on to FancredSports.com.