In normal times, the transfer market is particularly complex to identify. But in this period of unprecedented pandemic, planetary, which was shut down for several months the football world, to estimate the exact value of players has become almost mission impossible. Published every six months by the Observatory of football CIES, the list of the 100 players with the highest transfer value has once again confirmed the undeniable domination of the French striker of Paris Saint-Germain, Kylian Mbappé.

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Mbappé and Griezmann in the top 10 !

The pandemic of Covid-19 will, therefore, have not been due to the value of Kylian Mbappé – that throne without contest on the planet football. Estimated 265,2 eur million in January of last year, the market value of the prodigy 21 years old French has not experienced a significant decline, despite the pandemic. Six months later, the attacker of Paris Saint-Germain and the French team is still worth 259.2 Million€, thanks to his young age and the length of his remaining contract (2023). The native of Bondy exceeds the cost record of the transfer of Neymar Jr at PSG (222 M€) and always precedes the attacker English Manchester City Raheem Sterling (€194.7 Million), the mid-offensive English Borussia Dortmund Jadon Sancho completing the podium (179.1 Million€).

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The top 10 players with the highest rated schools is supplemented by Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, 171,1 M€), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United, 152,3€ M), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, 144,9€ M), Sadio Mané (Liverpool,€ 139.2 Million), Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona, 136,4 M€), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, 133,5€ M) and Harry Kane (Tottenham, 118,7 M€). In total, 22 players are estimated to be more than 100 million euros.

By position, the players most dear are Ederson Moraes (Manchester City) in the guards (86,8 M€), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) on the side of the defenders (171,1 M€), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) in the environments (104.9 Million€) and finally Kylian Mbappé (PSG) among the attackers (259.2 Million euro).

The Premier League overrepresented

In regards to the championship, English football literally crushes the competition with no less than 43 players represented, including 6 in the top 10. And young English have the rating, because on the first five, four come from across the Channel. It is two times more than the Liga, the second league the most represented with 21 players. Antoine Griezmann, the eighth, is the first standard. It is also the oldest player in the top 10 from the top of its 29 years. The Bundesliga (16 players) and the Serie A (12 players), follow closely. Finally, the League 1 acts as a red lantern with eight players in total : Mbappé (PSG, 259.2 MILLION€), Marquinhos (PSG, 89.2 M€), Neymar (PSG, 82.7 MILLION€), Houssen Aouar (Lyon, 69,2 M€), Victor Osimhen (Lille, 64.3 M€), Moussa Dembélé (Lyon, 54,2 M€), Marco Verratti (PSG TO 50.8 M€), and Jonathan Ikoné (Lille,€ 49.1 Million).

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An algorithm which raises the question

Created in 2005 by Dr. Raffaele Poli and Dr. Loïc Ravenel, the Observatory of the football CIES consists of four researchers specialized in the statistical analysis of football. To establish this prestigious ranking, the Observatory of the football CIES is based on several criteria, such as age, the duration of the contract, the potential, but also the inflation of the market and the interest of the clubs. However, the algorithm used displays results that are sometimes amazing who question the reliability of the method used by the swiss researchers.

And, to everyone’s surprise, Neymar Jr (82.7 Million euros) makes a steep drop from the 19th to the 37th place in the ranking, behind Clement Lenglet (FC Barcelona) and Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad). Similarly, the legend of the FC Barcelona Lionel Messi is only at 21st place (100.1 Million euros). In a year of the end of his contract with the catalan club, and almost 33 years, the Pulga has seen its prices fall. Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo’s 70th in this ranking (62,8 M€), led by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United). Only small consolation, the attacker Portuguese is the oldest player in the top 100 (35 years). Estimates for the least surprising.