As much as traditional football fans would hate to admit it, these days, football is a big business.
The old school supporter has almost been tossed to the side by modern-day superclubs, who prioritise making money and turning a profit over offering a good match-day experience.
Don’t believe us? Well just look at the money that’s been thrown around by Europe’s biggest clubs in recent years.
Not only are transfer fees inflating, but the wages that players are paid have become extortionate too.
Mesut Ozil… we’re looking at you.
Sometimes though, clubs do get value for money. Certain stars are worth a hell of a lot these days.
With that in mind, Transfermarkt has recently created a starting XI of the most valuable footballers in the world and it’s worth a quite ridiculous €1.19 billion. So let’s check it out.
GK – Jan Oblak | Atletico Madrid | €90m
LB – Alphonso Davies | Bayern Munich | €80m
CB – Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool | €80m
CB – Matthijs de Ligt | Juventus | €70m
RB – Trent Alexander-Arnold | Liverpool | €110m
CDM – Joshua Kimmich | Bayern Munich | €85m
LM – Sadio Mane | Liverpool | €120m
CAM – Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester City | €120m
RM – Raheem Sterling | Manchester City | €128m
ST – Kylian Mbappe | PSG | €180m
ST – Neymar | PSG | €128m
Now that is a team stacked full of incredible talent.
Notably, there have been two major additions to Transfermarkt’s XI over the summer months.
Bayern Munich duo Davies and Kimmich take their places in the team after having a brilliant 2019/20 campaign.
The two men starred in their club’s Champions League triumph and will no doubt add to their already rising values this season.
Mbappe remains the most expensive player in the team. That’s hardly surprising, given all he’s achieved at the age of 21.
With time on his side, it’ll take an awful lot of money to lure him away from PSG but with Liverpool and Real Madrid reportedly interested, he could be on the move next summer.
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