Kylian Mbappé Regains Top Spot on CIES Football Observatory’s Most Expensive Player List

With Vinicius, Haaland, Pedri and Bellingham joining him in the Top 5.

June 6th 2022

Kylian Mbappé has regained top spot off Real Madrid’s Vinícius Júnior in this year’s CIES Football Observatory’s list of the 100 estimated transfer values for players worldwide.

Thanks to him signing his three-year deal to become Paris St-Germain’s unofficial Director of Football, Kylian Mbappé is back at the top of the list with an estimated value of €206 million.

Mbappé now outranks the previous leader and recent Champions League winner Vinícius Júnior who has an estimated value of €185M, as well as Manchester City’s new hitman Erling Haaland – who weighs in at €153M.

Positionally, Rúben Dias becomes the highest value centre back (€110M), Gianluigi Donnarumma (€74M) tops the table for goalkeepers, Trent Alexander-Arnold (€87M) for full backs and Pedri González (€135M) for midfielders – with England and Dortmund starboy Jude Bellingham among the Top 5 MVP’s in the world with an estimated value of €133.7M.

Elsewhere, Benfica’s sought-after gunman Darwin Núñez has the highest valuation for non-big-5 league players at €70M, 30-year-old Kevin de Bruyne is the oldest player in the top 100 with a value of €57M, while 17-year-old Pablo Gavi is the youngest after racking up a €58M price tag.

You can take in all the transfer value estimate intervals for all big-5 league footballers are available for free here and find out more information on the CIES Football Observatory approach to assessing the transfer value through a scientific basis is available via this peer-reviewed paper.