Mbappe beats Neymar to become world’s most expensive player
Fast rising French football striker Kylian Mbappe top the ranks of players with the highest transfer market valuation, according to CIES report.
The 19-year old Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), playmaker market valuation increased by €23million, beating fellow teammate and Brazilian playmaker, Neymar.
Every month, the CIES Football Observatory updates the transfer valuations of big five league players using its exclusive algorithm.
Mbappe recorded the highest overall figure with €216.5m. The transfer value of Kylian Mbappé increased by €23m compared to October. This allowed the French prodigy to outrank Harry Kane (€197.3m). The Englishman is now second ahead of Neymar, Mohammed Salah and Philippe Coutinho. Ageing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are now valued at €170.6m and €123.6m respectively.
In 2017, Spanish giants, Real Madrid were willing to pay €214 million to Monaco for Mbappe’s signature, but the deal collapsed and the player moved to PSG.
Kylian Mbappe moved from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017, but he was heavily linked with Real Madrid and the Spanish club were reportedly willing to splash out on the teenage talent.
It has now been revealed that Los Blancos struck a deal with Monaco worth €214 million, with €180m going to the Ligue 1 club and with the European champions also covering the €34m tax payment.
This is according to the latest revelations from Football Leaks, with a report having been published in L’Equipe.
But the France international moved to PSG, making a return to Paris, his hometown.
Monaco may not have wanted to strengthen a domestic rival, but agreed that the forward could join the Parisian club if the 180m euro fee was matched.
The transfer did materialise, with the player going on loan for one year and with an obligatory purchase option included for the end of that 2017/18 season.
It has also been revealed that PSG paid Mbappe a fee for signing of 5m euros, to be paid over the course of his first two seasons, and a salary of 10m euros after tax.
However, the club rejected a request for the player’s salary to rise to €30m for winning the Ballon d’Or, instead agreeing to pay €500,000 net if he does.
Mbappe won the FIFA Young Player Award for his performances at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The 19-year-old enjoyed a sensational tournament as France outclassed Croatia 4-2 in the final to win the World Cup for a second time.
He scored the winning goal as France beat Peru 1-0 in the group stages – just his fifth ever international goal after being handed his full France debut in 2017.
But it was in the knockout stage game against Argentina that announced his arrival on the international stage.
Top ten players with highest market valuation
1. €216.5m, Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
2. €197.3m, Harry Kane (Tottenham)
3. €197m, Neymar Jr (PSG)
4. €173m, Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
5. €171.3m, Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)
6. €170m, Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
7. €164.6m, Raheen Sterling (Manchester City)
8. €164.3m, Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)
9. €163.4 m, Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
10. €157.7m, Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
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