August 12, 2022

Kylian Mbappe and Manchester City-linked Erling Haaland lead the most expensive XI in world football, totaling £1.16billion.

CIES Football Observatory boffins have calculated the figures for the top 100 players in world football, with the leading players in a 4-3-3 being valued at over £1billion.

The Premier League has four of the 11 stars – with 2021-22 champions Manchester City winning places for £94m-rated defenders Ruben Dias, £69m-rated Joao Cancelo and midfielder Phil Foden, valued at £106million.

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is the other entrant in the English top flight, with a valuation of £75m, having become a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad in recent seasons.

Haaland moves to Man City in lucrative £51m transfer

Kylian Mbappe (left) and Erling Haaland (right) lead a star-studded XI valued at £1.16billion

Champions League winner Vinicius Jnr completes top three worth over £450m

Champions League winner Vinicius Jnr completes top three worth over £450m

CIES calculates a player’s transfer value based on factors such as his salary, his club’s performance in different competitions and the remaining length of his contract.

This left little room for debate when it came to the world’s most expensive player, following Mbappe’s new £650,000-a-week deal he recently signed to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe, valued by CIES at £175.7million following the signing of this new three-year deal, has the Champions League Match winner Vinicius Junior for the company, second behind the Frenchman at £158.4m.

Haaland, who will officially join Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund on July 1 in a deal worth £51m, completes an attack of Europe’s best at £130m.

Foden won another Premier League title with City this season

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Phil Foden (left) and Jude Bellingham (right) are considered two of Europe’s best midfielders

Kopa Trophy 2021 winner Pedri has risen to the ranks of Barcelona's biggest names

Kopa Trophy 2021 winner Pedri has risen to the ranks of Barcelona’s biggest names

This team has an element of old and new for Haaland, with a former teammate and a new teammate being part of a three-man midfield.

Jude Bellingham, who played with Haaland at Dortmund, earns his place after rocketing in value since moving to Germany from Birmingham City in 2020.

The 18-year-old, who has ambitions to make England’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, has been valued at £115million, making him one of three midfielders the most popular pitches in world football.

Foden, one of Haaland’s new team-mates and also a Bellingham team-mate with England, enters, as does Barcelona superstar Pedri, winner of France Football’s Kopa Trophy in 2021, the award for best player under 21.

The 19-year-old was awarded a value of £116m by CIES.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a mainstay in the Liverpool squad and this XI starts right away

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a mainstay in the Liverpool squad and this XI starts right away

The Premier League reign supreme in this squad with four of 11, beating Germany’s Bundesliga (three), Spain’s La Liga (two) and France’s Ligue 1 (also two).

Defensively, the credit and value went to the English top flight, with representation from the country’s top two teams.

On the right is Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool’s assistant king and playmaker – after receiving a £75m valuation.

Ruben Dias is the highest-rated centre-back, worth £94m, while team-mate Joao Cancelo, who has established himself as one of the best full-backs in English football, joins him in the squad. with a valuation of £69million.

RB Leipzig’s rising star Joško Gvardiol prevents a clean sweep for the Premier League in this back four.

The Croatian is said to be a summer target for Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham among others after emerging as one of Europe’s leading defenders.

Dias is the most expensive centre-back in world football

Cancelo has established himself as one of the best full-backs in the world at Man City

Manchester City pair Ruben Dias (left) and Joao Cancelo (right) also get the nod at the back

Gvardiol, 20, has been valued at £85million, and with no buyout clause in his contract, which expires in 2026, Bundesliga side Leipzig are preparing to dig in and fend off offers that come their way.

This squad is completed by Euro 2020 champion and PSG number 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Manchester City’s Ederson walked away from Italian superstar Donnarumma, who finished with a £63m valuation.

Donnarumma has been crowned Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year – despite only making 17 appearances – and at 23 is set to establish himself as the best in the business for years to come.