Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Vinicius Jnr lead CIES’ £1.16BILLION XI

Kylian Mbappe and Manchester City-bound Erling Haaland lead the most expensive XI in world football, totalling up at an eye-watering £1.16billion.

The boffins at the CIES Football Observatory have crunched the numbers on the top 100-rated players in world football, with the leading players in a 4-3-3 being priced up at more than £1bn.

The Premier League boasts four of the 11 players – with 2021-22 champions Manchester City winning spots for defenders Ruben Dias, valued at £94m, Joao Cancelo, valued at £69m, and midfielder Phil Foden, valued at £106m.

Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold is the other entrant from the English top flight, coming in with a valuation of £75million, having become a key element in Jurgen Klopp’s side in recent seasons.  

Haaland is on the move to Man City as part of a lucrative £51m switch

Kylian Mbappe (left) and Erling Haaland (right) lead a star-studded XI valued at £1.16billion

Champions League winner Vinicius Jnr rounds out a front three worth more than £450m

Champions League winner Vinicius Jnr rounds out a front three worth more than £450m

CIES calculate a player’s transfer value based on factors including their salary, their club’s performance in different competitions and the length of time remaining on their contract.

That left little room for debate when it came to the world’s most expensive player, following Mbappe’s new £650,000-a-week deal to remain at Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe, valued by CIES at £175.7m on the back of signing that new three-year deal, has Champions League match-winner Vinicius Junior for company, second at £158.4m. 

Haaland, who will officially join Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund on July 1 in a deal worth £51m, rounds out an attack of Europe’s finest, coming in at £130m. 



Phil Foden (left) and Jude Bellingham (right) are considered two of Europe’s finest midfielders

Kopa Trophy 2021 winner Pedri has elevated himself to be one of Barcelona's biggest names

Kopa Trophy 2021 winner Pedri has elevated himself to be one of Barcelona’s biggest names

This team has an element of old and new for Haaland, with one former team-mate and one new team-mate forming part of a three-man midfield. 

Jude Bellingham, who has played with Haaland in Dortmund, earns his spot having rocketed his value since moving to Germany from Birmingham City in 2020. 

The 18-year-old, who holds ambitions of making England’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, has been valued at £115m, making him one of the top three valued midfielders in world football.

Foden, one of Haaland’s new team-mates and also a team-mate of Bellingham with England, gets in, as does Barcelona superstar Pedri, winner of France Football’s Kopa Trophy in 2021, the award for the best player under the age of 21.

The 19-year-old has been given a value of £116m by CIES. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a mainstay in Liverpool's team and this XI's starting right back

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a mainstay in Liverpool’s team and this XI’s starting right back

The Premier League reigns supreme in this team with four of the 11, beating the German Bundesliga (three), LaLiga in Spain (two) and Ligue 1 in France (also two). 

Defensively the credit and the value has gone to the English top flight, with representation for the country’s two top teams.

Ruben Dias is the top-rated centre back, with a value of £94m, while his team-mate Joao Cancelo, who has established himself as one of the best full-backs in English football, joins him in the side with a valuation of £69m.

Preventing a clean sweep for the Premier League in this four-man defence is rising RB Leipzig star Joško Gvardiol.

The Croatian is reportedly a summer target for Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham, among others having emerged as one of Europe’s premier defenders. 

Dias is the most expensive-rated centre back in world football

Cancelo has established himself as one of the best full-backs in the world at Man City

Manchester City pair Ruben Dias (left) and Joao Cancelo (right) also get the nod at the back

Gvardiol, 20, has been valued at £85m, and with no buyout clause in his contract, which expires in 2026, Bundesliga side Leipzig are bracing themselves to dig in and rebuff bids that come their way. 

Rounding out this team is Euro 2020 champion and PSG’s No 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma. 

Both Alisson Becker, of Liverpool, and Ederson, of Manchester City, came some way off Italian superstar Donnarumma, who finished with a valuation of £63m.

Donnarumma was crowned Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year – despite only playing 17 matches – and at the age of 23 he is expected to establish himself as the best in the business in the years to come.  

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