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Mbappe Tops List of World’s Most Valuable Footballers

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe topped the list of most valuable players in the world.

Research group CIES Football Observatory said on Monday that the 23-year-old Mabppe has an estimated transfer value of 205.6m euros (£175.7m).

He made news just recently after nixing a move to Real Madrid.

NEW DEAL

The France striker inked a new three-year deal with PSG last month as he chose to remain in Paris rather than relocate to La Liga and Champions League winners Real Madrid.

A World Cup winner, he scored 28 goals in Ligue 1 to help PSG win the 2021-22 title.

The CIES, based in Switzerland,  uses a range of variables including a player's age, performances, economic value of their club and inflation to work out estimated transfer values.

Second at £158.3m is Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior, while Norway's Manchester City-bound striker Haaland is third (£130.4m).

Junior scored the winner in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

JOINING CITY

Haaland, 21, is set to join Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund after City activated his 60m euros (51,2m pounds) release clause.

His new City teammate Ruben Dias is the most valuable defender in ninth (£93.6m).

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham (£114.1m) is the most valuable English player on the list at fifth place, ahead of England teammate and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden in sixth (£105.9m).

Premier League clubs dominate the list with 41 representatives in the top 100.

OLDEST PLAYER

Manchester City's 30-year-old Kevin de Bruyne, player of the season in the Premier League, is the oldest player in the top 100 (£48.9m), while Barcelona's 17-year-old Gavi (£49.9m) is the youngest.

PSG's Gianluigi Donnarumma, who won the European Championship with Italy, is the most valuable goalkeeper at 41st in the rankings (£62.9m).

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