Who are the top 10 most valuable players in world football? According to the CIES Football Observatory, a research beacon in football analytics, Vinicius Junior recently took the crown from Erling Haaland. The Real Madrid winger is valued at an astonishing $265 million. Vini's teammate, rising English star Jude Bellingham, falls second, with Haaland third.
The reporting criteria focuses on players with three or more years of contract duties remaining and their applicable transfer value. CIES considers eventual add-ons for the list; however, the observatory ignores the buy-out clause value.
Three Madristas appear on the podium, including Vini Jr, Jude Bellingham, and Rodrygo Goes. Bellingham moves up a spot given his strong start to the season, with ten goals in 10 games for the Whites — no wonder Fiorentino Perez paid top dollar for him.
Two Manchester City squad members, Haaland and 23-year-old Phil Foden, flank the list. Arsenal also have two, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, who scored the winner against Manchester City last Sunday. FC Barcelona's members include La Masia graduates Pablo Gavi and Pedri Gonzalez.
Players with top transfer values per 3 or more seasons left
|1||Vinicius Junior||Real Madrid|
|2||Jude Bellingham||Real Madrid|
|3||Erling Haaland||Manchester City|
|6||Kylian Mbappe||Paris Saint-Germain|
|8||Phil Foden||Manchester City|