Starting XI of the most valuable players in the world is now worth a combined €1 billion

Salah and Van Dijk feature in the team

The top five leagues in European football are full of superstars. 

England boasts the likes of Raheem Sterling, Virgil van Dijk and Kevin De Bruyne in the Premier League. 

Spain is home to Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to name a few, while Serie A sees Cristiano Ronaldo, Paolo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku turn out each week. 

Then in Germany, you have the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland - and of course, France boasts superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. 

There's so much talent across the continent, but have you ever wondered what a starting XI of the most valuable players in world football would look like?

Well, wonder no more. Thanks to Transfermarkt we can build just that and it's far from surprising to see the XI is made up completely of players from Europe's top five leagues.

Let's check it out. 

These two feature in the world's most valuable XI

Goalkeeper | Jan Oblak | Atletico Madrid | £72m

Atletico's Oblak is the man between the sticks. Worth a whopping £72m, he's the most valuable goalkeeper on the planet. 

That doesn't come as much of a shock given how good he's been over the past four seasons.

He's won La Liga's Zamora Trophy (Golden Glove) every year since 2015, but could soon be taken over by rival Thibaut Courtois.

Oblak is the world's best goalkeeper

Left-back | David Alaba | Bayern Munich | £58.5m

Alaba established himself as the best left-back in the world a long time ago. He's been at the top for so long it's hard to believe he's only 28. 

There are plenty of top teams envious of the fact he's on Bayern's payroll and it doesn't look like the Austrian will be going anywhere soon. 

Centre-back | Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool | £72m

It had to be, didn't it? Van Dijk is the best defender in the world and therefore, the most valuable one too.  

Van Dijk is the most expensive defender in the world

He was integral to Liverpool's Champions League and Premier League winning seasons and it's not out of the question to suggest he could even win the Ballon d'Or one day.

Centre-back | Matthijs de Ligt | Juventus | £60.75m

While Van Dijk is currently the world's best defender, his partner in this XI could soon take that crown.

After an incredible season with Ajax, De Ligt moved to Juventus last summer. While he hasn't fully hit the ground running, the 20-year-old Dutchman has established himself in the team.

His price tag will only rise as he reaches the peak of his career. 

De Ligt will only get better

Right-back | Trent Alexander-Arnold | Liverpool | £89.1m

Alexander-Arnold is another youngster who is only going to get better.

At 21, he's already scary good and any club that wants to take him away from Liverpool will have to pay an extortionate amount. 

We can't see him leaving anytime soon, though.

Alexander-Arnold is another Liverpool star

Defensive midfield | N'Golo Kante | Chelsea | £72m

Despite an injury-hit season, Kante is still regarded as the best defensive midfielder in the world.

He'll be key in Chelsea's team for years to come, but if the club fail to secure Champions League football for next season, he'd have every right to demand a move elsewhere. 

But that doesn't sound like something Kante would do, does it?  

Kante is the best defensive midfielder in the world

Defensive midfield | Paul Pogba | Manchester United | £72m

Like Kante, Pogba has had an injury-hit campaign. But he's hit the ground running since football has returned post-lockdown. 

The Frenchman is justifying the £89m Man United paid to bring him back from Juventus in 2016 and is back in the conversation as one of the best midfielders in the world.

Reports that he's unhappy in Manchester have disappeared in recent months and he looks fully committed to the cause these days. 

Pogba is showing his quality at Man Utd

Attacking midfield | Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester City | £108m

De Bruyne has been running the Premier League for over three seasons now. Incredibly, he's never been named PFA Player of the Year. 

But we all know just how good the Belgian is. He seems to score stunning goals on the regular and create chances every game. 

In the toughest league in the world, De Bruyne's impressive contributions should not be overlooked. 

De Bruyne is a superstar

Left-wing | Raheem Sterling | Manchester City | £115.2m

Sterling is the second most expensive player in this XI and for good reason.

Under Pep Guardiola, he's developed into one of the best forwards in the world and won almost everything with his club. 

Should Sterling win the Champions League or even perhaps guide England to international glory, he'll be able to look back on an incredible career one day. 

Sterling is highly-rated by many

Right-wing | Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | £108m

PFA Player of the Year? Check. Golden Boot? Check. Premier League title? Check. 

Salah rightly takes his place in this XI and there's little argument that he's one of the best players in the world. 

On his day, the Egyptian is untouchable and expect him to dominate with Liverpool over the next few seasons. 

Salah takes his place in the XI

Striker | Kylian Mbappe | PSG | £162m

The most valuable player on the list. But is there any surprise? At 21, Mbappe has already achieved more than many footballers ever will.

He's won four league titles, two French Cups and of course, the World Cup. 

Expect to see him wear the famous white of Real Madrid one day but be warned Florentino Perez - Mbappe won't come cheap. 

Mbappe is the most valuable player in the world

So there we have it, the most valuable XI in world football. Combined, those players cost a ridiculous £989.55m - or well over €1 billion.  

Just look at the names that miss out too. There's no sign of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar or Robert Lewandowski. 

The most valuable XI in the world

What an incredible team and we're blessed to watch these players strut their stuff week in, week out across Europe. 

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