There was a time when a footballer being born in the 2000s looked really weird.
But with the year now 2020, the contingent of millennial players is growing ever stronger and there are even some in the group that can lay claim to being some of the best in the world.
That fact is mirrored by some of the jaw-dropping valuations handed to the crop of youngsters that are still either in their teenage years or just hitting their 20s.
Two millennial players can now boast a valuation of over €100m, which is quite astounding – even in the modern money-crazed era of football.
Thanks to the CIES Observatory, we can provide the 50 most valuable players born after the year 2000 and the top two will all but certainly command fees similar to or more than their current valuation!
THE TOP 50
1. Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund (€198.5m)
2. Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund (€101m)
3. Rodrygo Goes, Real Madrid (€88.9m)
4. Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid (€73.9m)
5. Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea (€72.3m)
6. Ferran Torres, Valencia (€55.2m)
7. Eduardo Cavaminga, Rennes (€53m)
8. Mason Greenwood, Manchester United (€50.6m)
9. Phil Foden, Manchester City (€50.4m)
10. Moise Kean, Everton (€46m)
11. Ozan Kabak, Schalke (€43.5m)
12. Ansu Fati, Barcelona (€42.7m)
13. Takefusa Kubo, Real Madrid (€41.2m)
14. Max Aarons, Norwich City (€40.4m)
15. Dejan Kulusevksi, Udinese (€39.6m)
16. Ryan Sessegnon, Tottenham (€38.9m)
17. Sandro Tonali, Brescia (€36.9m)
18. Hamed Traore, Sassuolo (€27.6m)
19. Benoit Badiashile, Monaco (€27.2m)
20. William Saliba, Saint Etienne (€26.7m)
21. Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal (€25.2m)
22. Kang-In Lee, Valencia (€21.9m)
23. Diego Lainez, Real Betis (€20.2m)
24. Leonardo Campana, Wolves (€17.3m)
25. Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen (€16.6m)
26. Wesley Fofana, Saint Etienne (€13.7m)
27. Brandon Williams, Manchester United (€13.2m)
28. Pedro Neto, Wolves (€12.9m)
29. Reiner Jesus, Real Madrid (€12.7m)
30. Yacine Adli, Bordeaux (€11.8m)
31. Dusan Vlahovic, Fiorentina (€11m)
32. Joris Chotard, Montpellier (€10.9m)
33. Rayan Ait Nouri, Angers (€10.8m)
34. Unai Vencedor, Athletic Bilbao (€10.6m)
35. Ander Barrentxea, Real Sociedad (€10.4m)
36. Sebastian Walukiewicz, Cagliari (€10.3m)
37. Timothy Weah, Lille (€10.1m)
38. Bafode Diakite, Toulouse (€9.6m)
39. Aurelien Tchouameni, Monaco (€9.5m)
40. Joao Pedro, Watford (€9.5m)
41. Sergio Camello, Atletico Madrid (€9.3m)
42. Tiago Djalo, Lille (€9.2m)
43. Aaron Connolly, Brighton (€9.1m)
44. Victor Gomez, Espanyol (€8.9m)
45. Rabbi Matondo, Schalke (€8.8m)
46. Paulinho Sampaio, Bayer Leverkusen (€8m)
47. Mohamed Simakan, RC Strasbourg (€7.5m)
48. Eric Garcia, Manchester City (€7m)
49. Ahmed Kutucu, Schalke (€7m)
50. Marsh Kumbulla, Hellas Verona (€6.7m)
Sancho is only 19 and he’s already worth nearly €200m, incredible.
The Premier League is healthily represented in the top half of the list in the form of Hudson-Odoi, Greenwood, Kean, Foden, Martinelli and more.
It will be interesting to see how the careers of these 50 young talents have panned out in 10 years time!
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