CIES Study: Mbappe, Kane Top List of Most Valuable Players in the World

In taking into account age, contract length, position and other factors, the CIES Football Observatory has unveiled the results of its latest study.
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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named as the second most valuable player in the world, behind only French prodigy Kylian Mbappe, in the latest study published by the CIES Football Observatory. 

The CIES' transfer values is based on an algorithm that factors in tangible elements like contract duration, age, position and league of employment among many others.

Kane, who enjoyed yet another prolific season in 2017/2018, has rediscovered his goal-scoring touch in recent weeks in the new campaign, and finds himself as the joint-top marksman in the Premier League along with Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14).

The England captain's performances is reflected in CIES' study, which considers his market value to be €200.3m. After being rated as the most valuable player in the organization's report back in June last year, Kane finds himself demoted into second place by Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe.

The 20-year-old capped off a phenomenal first season at the Parc des Princes by winning a domestic double in Ligue 1, before going on to star in France's World Cup triumph in Russia in the summer.

Mbappe's meteoric rise is rewarded by seeing his value increase from €186.5m last June, to a mammoth €218.5m this year. The Frenchman's valuation is €21.4m higher than his PSG teammate Neymar, whom he was below in CIES' last study.

Despite Mbappe's table-topping exploits, the Premier League once again dominates CIES' study with twelve players in the top 20 chart. Even with his contract expiring next year, Chelsea and Belgium superstar Eden Hazard is still regarded as having a value of €129m; higher than five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo (€127.2m).

CIES Football Observatory's Top 20 Most Valuable Players in the World:

Player

Club

Age

End of Contract

Estimated Transfer Value (€)

Kylian Mbappe

PSG

20

2022

€218.5m

Harry Kane

Tottenham

25

2024

€200.3m

Neymar

PSG

27

2022

€197.1m

Raheem Sterling

Manchester City

24

2023

€185.8m

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool

27

2023

€184.3m

Paulo Dybala

Juventus

25

2022

€171.9m

Lionel Messi

Barcelona

32

2021

€171.2m

Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United

26

2022

€162m

Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona

27

2023

€157m

Leroy Sane

Manchester City

23

2021

€156.1m

Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid

28

2023

€155.2m

Dele Alli

Tottenham

23

2024

€150.2m

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool

27

2023

€145.6m

Sadio Mane

Liverpool

27

2023

€137.4m

Gabriel Jesus

Manchester City

22

2023

€134.6m

Bernardo Silva

Manchester City

24

2022

€133.2m

Paul Pogba

Manchester United

26

2021

€130.3m

Eden Hazard

Chelsea

28

2020

€129m

Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus

34

2022

€127.2m

Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona

22

2022

€120.3m