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Kylian Mbappe ranked as the most valuable player according to CIES Football Observatory's latest study

Rishi Kataria
410   //    08 Jan 2019, 22:56 IST

PSG and French forward Kylian Mbappe
PSG and French forward Kylian Mbappe

What's the story?

Kylian Mbappe is named the most valuable player, according to CIES Football Observatory. Tottenham striker Harry Kane and PSG forward Neymar are ranked second and third respectively in the list of big-5 league players with the highest transfer value according to the exclusive CIES Football Observatory algorithm.

In case you didn't know...

The CIES Football Observatory is a research group within the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), an independent study center located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

CIES determines the valuation considering through its 'exclusive algorithm' based on a number of factors which include age, results, position, and the league.

A research note explaining the methodology used by the CIES Football Observatory and the criteria included in the algorithm is accessible here.

The heart of the matter

The 20-year-old PSG forward who recently won the World Cup with France is the most valuable payer at €218.5 million

Barcelona's No.10 Lionel Messi is ranked seventh in the list of most valuable players. Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in the summer, was ranked 19th in the list. Surprisingly, Manchester City's Raheem Sterling was ranked fourth.


Shockingly, not a single player from Real Madrid was ranked in the top 20.

Here’s a look at the top 10 most valuable players, according to the CIES' recent study.

1. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) - €218.5m

2. Harry Kane (Tottenham) - €200.3m

3. Neymar (PSG) - €197.1m

4. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) - €185.8m

5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - €184.3m

6. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) - €171.9m

7. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - €171.2m

8. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) - €162.0m

9. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) - €157.0m

10. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) - €156.1m

The list of 100 most valuable players prepared by CIES Football Observatory can be accessed here.