Jude Bellingham tops the list of football's most valuable players

The 20-year-old has had a sensational debut season for Real Madrid

By Web Desk
May 30, 2024
Jude Bellingham. - AFP

England and Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham possesses the highest transfer value in world football, according to a new study.

The 20-year-old has had a sensational debut season at the Bernabeu following his €100 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund last summer, scoring 19 goals as the club clinched the La Liga title.

He will eye to win first Champions League title on Saturday when Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund at Wembley before setting his sights on a successful Euro 2024 campaign with England.

According to the CIES Football Observatory, his achievements this year have seen his transfer valuation soar to an astonishing €280 million (£237 million), more than any other player in the world.

The CIES study involved analysing numerous factors to calculate the value of the world’s top 100 players. These factors include age, contract length, level of matches played, and the economic strength of the players' clubs and leagues. The resulting list is dominated by Real Madrid and Manchester City players.

Bellingham's former Dortmund teammate Erling Haaland is valued at €255 million, with Madrid’s Brazilian duo Vinicius Junior (€240 million) and Rodrygo (€220 million) next on the list.

Phil Foden concluded the Premier League season in sensational form and ranks fifth on the list at €203 million, ahead of his England teammate Bukayo Saka (€195 million).

Other Premier League stars in the top ten include Julian Alvarez (€168 million) and Martin Odegaard (€135 million), while Cole Palmer’s breakout season sees his value calculated at €126 million.

One notable absentee from the list is Kylian Mbappe, who is not included as his contract with Paris Saint-Germain is set to expire this summer, rendering him almost worthless from a transfer value standpoint.

The Frenchman is widely reported to have reached an agreement with Real Madrid that is likely to be confirmed in the coming weeks, after which he would probably challenge Bellingham for the top spot.

Below is the list of the top 25 stars

1: £216m - Erling Haaland,

2: £204m - Vinícius Júnior

3: £187m - Rodrygo Goes

4: £172m - Phil Foden

5: £165m - Bukayo Saka

6: £142m - Julián Álvarez

7: £119m - Lamine Yamal

8: £114m - Martin Ödegaard

9: £113m - Florian Wirtz

10: £107m - Gabriel Martinelli

11: £107m - Cole Palmer

12: £105m - Federico Valverde

13: £104m - Rasmus Höjlund

14: £102m - Jamal Musiala,

15: £98m - Kai Havertz

16: £97m - Joško Gvardiol

17: £95m - Alejandro Garnacho

18: £95m - Eduardo Camavinga

19: £95m - Xavi Simons

20: £91m - Warren Zaïre-Emery

21: £91m - Dominik Szoboszlai

22: £91m - Darwin Núñez

23: £91m - Aurélien Tchouaméni

24: £89m Bruno Guimarães 

25: £89m William Saliba