Most Valuable Footballers: Iwobi Ranked At No. 68

Oluwole Ola

The 100 most valuable players in Europe’s top five leagues have been revealed by CIES Football Observatory.

The Swiss research group’s algorithm finds the player with the highest transfer value to be worth €265.2m, while many English players from all areas of the pitch feature prominently on the list. 

The CIES algorithm takes into account player performance for club and country, age, position and the ‘economic level’ of his club and those who could potentially buy them.

Nigeria have two players in the top 100 –  Alex Iwobi valued at €73 million is at No. 68 while Wilfred Ndidi valued at €70.1 million  is placed at No. 77. Lille forward Victor Osimhen is just outside the top 100 at No. 101 with a valuation of €62.9 million.

Other Africans on the list include Mohammed Salah at No. 3 with a valuation of €175.1 million, Saido Mane at No. 5 valued at €155.6 million and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang at 112 with a valuation of €60.1 million.

The Premier League dominate the CIES list, with eleven out of the 20 big-5 league footballers with an estimated value of at least €100 million playing for EPL clubs.

Check out the top 20 most-expensive players according to the CIES Football Observatory below

TOP 2O MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

1. Kylian Mbappe (£225m)

2. Raheem Sterling (£190m)

3. Mohamed Salah (£149m)

4. Jadon Sancho (£143m)

5. Sadio Mane (£132m)

6. Harry Kane (£128m)

7. Marcus Rashford (£114m)

8. Lionel Messi (£107m)

9. Antoine Griezmann (£105m)

10. Lautaro Martinez (£98m)

11. Gabriel Jesus (£98m)

12. James Maddison (£96m)

13. Timo Werner (£95m)

14. Roberto Firmino (£95m)

15. Trent Alexander-Arnold (£94m)

16. Richarlison (£88m)

17. Tammy Abraham (£88m)

18. Joao Felix (£86m)

19. Neymar (£85m)

20. Romelu Lukaku (£85m)

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