·1 October 2022
·1 October 2022
Who are the 10 most valuable footballers in the world for each position?
But considering who would be the most expensive by position, well, that complicates matters a bit.
We’ve used Transfermarkt to compile the data and have listed the top 10 players in each position below.
=9. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – £25.2m=9. Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal) – £25.2m8. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barca) – £27m7. Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) – £28.8m 6. Mike Maignan (AC Milan) – £31.5m5. Jan Oblak (Atletico) – £36m4. Ederson Morales (Man City) – £40.5m=2. Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – £45m=2. Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG) – £45m 1. Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) – £54m
Courtois was in inspired form throughout the 2021/22 season, so it’s no surprise he tops the list for the goalkeepers.
Meanwhile Alisson narrowly pips his Man City and Brazil rival Ederson.
Oblak has seen a drop of 10% in his market value already this season and finds himself fifth.
Whereas Pickford’s value has risen by nearly £7 million.
=9. Toni Livramento (Southampton) – £22.5m=9. Pedro Porro (Sporting) – £22.5m =7. Timothy Castagne (Leicester) – £25.2m =7. Diogo Dalot (Man Utd) – £25.2m =5. Benjamin Pavard (Bayern) – £27m =5. Emerson Royal (Spurs) – £27m 4. Reece James (Chelsea) – £54m =2 Joao Cancelo (Man City) – £58.5m =2. Achraf Hakimi (PSG) – £58.5m1. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £72m
Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold leads the way for the right backs.
=6. Alessandro Bastoni (Inter) – £54m =6. Eder Militao (Real Madrid) – £54m=6. Jules Kounde (Barca) – £54m =6. Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig) – £54m =6. Ronald Araujo (Barca) – £54m =4. Milan Skriniar (Inter) – £58.5m=4. Wesley Fofana (Chelsea) – £58.5m=2. Marquinhos (PSG) – £63m=2. Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern) – £63m1. Ruben Dias (Man City) – £67.5m
Are you thinking what we are? Where on earth is Virgil van Dijk? Well, apparently the now 31-year-old is only the 11th most valuable centre back in the land with his value of £49.5 million.
His Man City rival Dias now leads the way, closely followed by Marquinhos and De Ligt.
=9. Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal) £28.8m=9. Kieran Tierney (Arsenal) – £28.8m 8. Jose Gaya (Valencia) – £31.5m7. Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) – £34.2m 6. Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid) – £36m5. Nuno Mendes (PSG) – £45m =3. Marc Cucurella (Chelsea) – £49.5m =3. Theo Hernandez (AC Milan) – £49.5m2. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – £58.5m1. Alphonso Davies (Bayern) – £63m
Arsenal’s two left back options are ironically exactly the same age (25) and exactly the same value. They come ninth and tenth.
Chelsea also have two representatives in Chilwell and Cucurella.
Robertson narrowly misses out to Davies, who is seven years his junior.
=6. Casemiro (Man Utd) – £45m =6. Wilfried Ndidi (Leicester) – £45m =6. Kalvin Phillips (Man City) – £45m =6. Sandro Tonali (AC Milan) – £45m =6. Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle) – £45m5. Fabinho (Liverpool) – £54m =1. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern) – £72m=1. Rodri (Man City) – £72m =1. Declan Rice (West Ham) – £72m =1. Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid) – £72m
Incredibly, four players tie for the accolade of the world’s most valuable defensive midfielder.
10. Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid) – £49.5m=8. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio) – £54m =8. Frenkie de Jong (Barca) – £54m 7. Leon Goretzka (Bayern) – £58.5m=5. Nicolo Barella (Inter) – £63m =5. Gavi (Barca) – £63m 4. Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) – £72m =1. Phil Foden (Man City) – £81m =1. Jude Bellingham (Dortmund) – £81m =1. Pedri (Barca) – £81m
Two English stars top the charts in central midfield, along with Barca’s young sensation Pedri.
His teammate Gavi, who is merely 17, also ties for fifth place with a market value that’s already north of £60m.
10. Lucas Paqueta (West Ham) – £40.5m =8. James Maddison (Leicester) – £45m =8. Martin Odegaard (Arsenal) – £45m =6. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) – £63m =6. Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen) – £63m5. Mason Mount (Chelsea) – £67.5m =3. Bernardo Silva (Man City) – £72m =3. Jamal Musiala (Bayern) – £72m =1. Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd) – £76.5m =1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – £76.5m
Despite being over 30, De Bruyne ties with Fernandes for number one in the attacking midfield section.
Although we would imagine that it won’t be long before 19-year-old Musiala usurps him.
=7. Lionel Messi (PSG) – £45m =7. Ousmane Dembele (Barca) – £45m =7. Raphinha (Barca) – £45m =7. Dejan Kulusevski (Spurs) – £45m 6. Kingsley Coman (Bayern) – £45m =4. Serge Gnabry (Bayern) – £45m =4. Federico Chiesa (Juventus) – £58.5m3. Rodrygo Goes (Real Madrid) – £63m 2. Antony (Man Utd) – £67.5m 1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £90m
Salah, unsurprisingly, has earnt himself first place. However, Man Utd’s big money move for Antony has seen his value more than double already this season, up from an initial £31.5m.
Rodrygo has also seen a price rise of roughly £9 million.
Whereas Messi sneaks into the top 10 even though he’s now 35 – undeniable.
=9. Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen) – £54m =9. Ansu Fati (Barca) – £49m =6. Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) – £63m =6. Jack Grealish (Man City) – £63m =6. Rafael Leao (AC Milan) – £63m =2. Neymar (PSG) – £76.5m =2. Heung-min Son (Spurs) – £76.5m =2. Jadon Sancho (Man Utd) – £76.5m =2. Luis Diaz (Liverpool) – £76.5m 1. Vinicius Jr – (Real Madrid) – £108m
And there you have it. Vinicius is now officially the third most valuable player in world football.
10. Richarlison (Spurs) – £45m =8. Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal) – £58.5m=8. Victor Osimhen (Napoli) – £58.5m=6. Romelu Lukaku (Inter) – £63m =6. Darwin Nunez (Liverpool) – £63m 5. Lautaro Martinez (Inter) – £67.5m 4. Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus) – £76.5m 3. Harry Kane (Spurs) – £81m 2. Erling Haaland (Man City) – £135m1. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – £144m
Mbappe and Haaland are way out in front with their mind-blowing market values.
Kane is still good value for third, though, despite being 29 now.
Liverpool’s Nunez finds himself tied for sixth with Lukaku, after seeing his price increase nearly £15 million since joining the Reds.
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