According to CIES report, Vinícius Júnior becomes the world’s most expensive player beating Kylian Mbappé, Phil Foden, and Erling Haaland.
The Real Madrid’s Brazilian rising star Vinícius Júnior (€166 million) outranks Phil Foden and Erling Haaland. These figures are irrespective of eventual buy-out clauses in players’ contracts.
Per position, the top transfer values were calculated for Gianluigi Donnarumma among goalkeepers, Rúben Dias for center-backs, Alphonso Davies among full-backs, Jude Bellingham for defensive midfielders, Florian Wirtz for attacking ones, as well as for Vinícius Júnior among forwards. Kevin de Bruyne has the greatest valuation among players aged 30 or over, while Kylian Mbappé tops the list for players running out of contract next June.
The values were calculated using the exclusive econometric approach developed by the CIES Football Observatory research team.
A paper presenting the method has been recently published in the peer-review and open access journal Economies. It can be accessed here. The transfer value estimates for all big-5 league players are also available in free access here.