Jude Bellingham tops list as most expensive football player worldwide

Posted : 05 January 2024

The latest study from the CIES Football Observatory reveals the top 100 most expensive football players globally, with Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham claiming the top spot with an estimated value of €267.5 million. 

 

Bellingham is followed by Manchester City's Erling Haaland at €251.2 million and Real Madrid's Vinicius at €250.3 million. 

 

Notably, Kylian Mbappé, previously considered the most expensive player, finds himself in 26th place with a value of €106.2 million, attributed in part to his upcoming free-agent status, allowing him to move for free.

 

In the top 10, Real Madrid's Rodrigo secures the fourth position at €247.9 million, followed by Arsenal's Bukayo Saka at €223 million. Phil Foden of Manchester City takes the sixth spot with €195.8 million, and Barcelona's Gavi ranks seventh at €175.4 million. 

 

Julián Albers from Manchester City claims the eighth position with €164.7 million, while Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala is ninth at €152.4 million. The top 10 concludes with Arsenal's Martin Odegaard valued at €148.2 million.

 

Interestingly, there is no representative from Serie A in the top 10, with the highest-valued player in the Italian league being Habitsa Kvartskhelia at €115.3 million, securing the 21st spot. 

 

Compared to estimates from June 2023, the number of players valued at over €100 million has nearly doubled, reflecting the significant inflation in player prices during the 2023 summer transfer window. 

 

Notably, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, once the most expensive players globally, are no longer on the list, emphasizing the evolving landscape of football valuations.

 

Note that these estimates are based on the CIES Football Observatory's statistical model, analyzing over 6,000 transactions and predicting likely transfer fees based on similar player characteristics and past transfer prices, excluding potential add-ons and purchase items.

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