Vinicius, Haaland, Mbappe, Foden: Who's the world's most valuable footballer?

There's no stopping Vinicius Junior right now!

In case you didn’t know, Vinicius Junior is now one of the world’s best footballers.

After a tough start to life at Real Madrid following a high-profile move from Flamengo, the Brazilian winger has blossomed into a seriously good player.

In 2021/22, Vinicius has tormented defenders for fun and also contributed to a high numbers of goals, 21 (12G, 9A) in 25 appearances to be exact.

As a result of his turnaround at Real Madrid, the 21-year-old forward is now ranked as the most valuable footballer on the planet by the CIES Football Observatory.

Their complex algorithm – which also factors in the length of each player’s current contract – has Vinicius even ahead of the enigma that is Erling Haaland, which is something of a surprise.

Let’s take a look at the top 50 in full…

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The 50 most valuable footballers in the world

50. Manuel Locatelli (Juventus) – €69.9m

49. Declan Rice (West Ham United) – €70.5m

48. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – €71.5m

47. Jules Kounde (Sevilla) – €73.2m

46. Rodri (Manchester City) – €74.2m

45. Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich) – €74.8m

44. Eljif Elmas (Napoli) – €75.1m

43. Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen) – €75.6m

42. Timo Werner (Chelsea) – €76.0m

41. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – €76.2m

Kimmich with Bayern

40. Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) – €76.3m

39. Eder Militao (Real Madrid) – €78.6m

38. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – €78.7m

37. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) – €79.3m

36. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) – €79.6m

35. Eric Garcia (Barcelona) – €80.6m

34. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain) – €82.0m

33. Joao Cancelo (Manchester City) – €82.9m

32. Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid) – €83.9m

31. Federico Chiesa (Juventus) – €86.7m

Chiesa with Juventus

30. Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig) – €87.3m

29. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) – €88.1m

28. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – €88.2m

27. Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan) – €91.6m

26. Ferran Torres (Barcelona) – €93.1m

25. Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) – €93.4m

24. Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich) – €94.2m

23. Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) – €95.2m

22. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – €98.0m

21. Sergino Dest (Barcelona) – €100.8m

Dest with Barcelona

20. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) – €101.2m

19. Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich) – €101.7m

18. Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich) – €102.4m

17. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – €103.0m

16. Reece James (Chelsea) – €108.0m

15. Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain) – €108.2m

14. Mason Mount (Chelsea) – €108.9m

13. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – €112.8m

12. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) – €113.9m

11. Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) – €115.0m

Sancho with Man Utd

10. Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) – €115.2m

9. Pedri (Barcelona) – €118.0m

8. Ruben Dias (Manchester City) – €120.5m

7. Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) – €122.3m

6. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) – €130.1m

5. Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen) – €133.0m

4. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – €133.9m

3. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) – €142.5m

2. Phil Foden (Manchester City) – €152.6m

1. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – €166.4m

Vinicius with Real Madrid

So, 21 players in total are valued at €100m+, with Vinicius comfortably at the top with an enormous figure of €166.4m next to his name.

Unsurprisingly, Mbappe’s valuation of €72.5m is the largest among players whose contracts are expiring in the summer.

When the French superstar signs his next contract – which could be with PSG, Real Madrid or another member of Europe’s elite – expect him to fly up CIES’ valuation ranking.

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