Man Utd star named above Messi & Ronaldo as the most valuable player


Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has become the most valuable footballer in the world, according to a new survey.

A study by CIES Football Observatory listed the England star as worth €165.6million (£149.7m) – this is largely due to his age and potential according to the algorithm in the bi-annual list.

Rashford, 23, has enjoyed a prolific start to the 2020/21 campaign with 15 goals across all competitions for club and country.

Borussia Dortmund’s prolific goalscorer Erling Haaland and Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold complete the top three of the most valuable player list alongside Rashford.

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi only makes the top 100 in 97th place with a valuation of only €54m (£48.8m), although the fact that his contract expires at the end of the season has a huge weighting on his worth.

However, Messi’s former LaLiga rival Cristiano Ronaldo is even further down the list in 131st with a €47m (£42.5m) valuation.

And, despite their advanced ages, Rashford is worth more than both of them when combined – highlighting what a star the Red devils have.

Meanwhile, England boast the highest number of players in the top ten with Rashford, Alexander-Arnold, Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling all making the cut.

In total, 11 Premier League players made the top 20 – which consist of Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

According to CIES Football Observatory

20. Frenkie de Jong (€105.7m/£95.5m)

19. Harry Kane (€107m/£96.6m)

18. Ansu Fati (€108.4m/£97.9m)

17. Mason Mount (€109.3m/98.7m)

16. Achraf Hakimi (€113.7m/£102.7m)

15. Bukayo Saka (€116.2m/£105m)

14. Sadio Mane (€123.8m/£111.8m)

13. Ruben Dias (€126.8m/£114.5m)

12. Mo Salah (€134m/£121m)

11. Timo Werner (€135.1m/£122m)

10. Kai Havertz (€136m/£122.9m)

9. Raheem Sterling (€136.9m/£123.7m)

8. Alphonso Davies (€139.2m/£125.8m)

7. Joao Felix (€141.5m/£127.8m)

6. Jadon Sancho (€148.3m/£134m)

5. Kylian Mbappe (€149.4m/£135m)

4. Bruno Fernandes (€151.1m/£136.5m)

3. Trent Alexander-Arnold (€151.6m/£137m)

2. Erling Haaland (€152m/£137.4m)

1. Marcus Rashford (€165.6m/£149.7m)


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