Earlier Monday, we looked at leagues / clubs who may rise and fall once soccer restarts. In general, the risers will have more money to spend as they’re in a stable financial position. The fallers will be forced to sell players to help balance the books.
Ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic will reverberate through global soccer for years. And how the virus will impact transfers–both in player value and club spending–will be one of the biggest stories of the summer.
Before diving into specific teams and players later in the week, let’s look at the most expensive players in the world right now.
Most expensive starting XI in soccer
The following is based off of transfermarkt’s crowd-sourced player values. Note that these aren’t players 1-11 in value. If it was, some notable omissions (Lionel Messi, Harry Kane, Sadio Mane, Jadon Sancho) would’ve made the line-up. These are the most expensive players per their position.
For this exercise, we use a 4-1-4-1 formation:
- Wingers are increasing in value more and more. The 4-1-4-1 allows us to represent that trend.
- The importance of a world-class DMC is transformative for top teams in the modern game. Including one in this exercise was necessary.
- While the Bundesliga isn’t represented in the starting XI, Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz are among the first subs on.
- This squad is terrifying.
Most expensive starting XI player values
Those are the players. Here are their values (all are down around 10-25% since March):
- Kylian Mbappe: $198M
- Raheem Sterling: $140.8M
- Neymar: $140.8M
- Kevin de Bruyne: $132M
- Mo Salah: $132M
- Trent Alexander-Arnold: $108.9M
- Jan Oblak: $88M
- N’Golo Kante: $88M
- Virgil van Dijk: $88M
- Matthijs de Ligt: $74.25M
- Andy Robertson: $70.4M
Of the omissions due to positional overlap, some notables include:
- Harry Kane: $132M
- Sadio Mane: $132M
- Jadon Sancho: $128.7M
- Lionel Messi: $123.2M
- Antoine Griezmann: $105M
What can we learn from this?
If you can actually afford players this summer (Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Newcastle if new owners, and Real Madrid), there’s never been a better time to buy. Watch the smarter clubs (Liverpool, Liverpool, and Liverpool) value hunt some deals while off-loading either Salah or Mane.
Also, the best teams in the world have the most expensive players. This is a known thing, but scanning the top 50 player values just hammers that point home further.