Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG’s) superstar Kylian Mbappé became the world’s most valuable football player in 2019 topping a valuation of a whopping €200 million. The French Forward is considered by many one of the greatest football players and is famous for his dribbling, strength, and explosive speed. According to Transfermarket -which is a a website that compiles football statistics and determines players market value-, Mbappé is worth €180 million as of December 2020. This makes him worth more than Messi, Salah and other legendary players. Nevertheless, there are rumors that Mbappé could cost significantly less than that. So, why does Mbappé have the highest market value? And could he be transfered for less?
Kylian Mbappe’S CAREER
In 2015, Mbappé made his debut at age 16 with the Monaco team against SM Caen. With Monaco, he won Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year, a Ligue 1 title and the Golden Boy award. In 2017, he signed for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on an initial loan. This loan was made permanent in 2018 in a transfer worth a combined €180 million (€145 million plus €35 million in add-ons) making him the second-most expensive player in the world and most expensive teenager. With PSG, Mbappé has won a Coupe de France, three Ligue 1 titles, and is the seventh-highest goalscorer in PSG’s history. Throughout his career in PSG, he has scored 90 goals and provided 49 assists in 120 games. Currently, Paris Saint-Germain has the 2 most valuable football players Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé.
WHAT DETERMINES THE MARKET VALUE OF A FOOTBALL PLAYER?
According to KPMG Football Benchmark, there are various criteria that affect a player’s market value. Those are:
|1. Player’s playing position (i.e. goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward);|
|2. Age and nationality;|
|3. Contract: assessment of a player’s contractual situation with his current club;|
|4. Individual sports performance: assessment of the player’s on-pitch performance (e.g. goals, assists, minutes played, dribbles, tackles);|
|5. Disciplinary actions (i.e. number of fouls, number of red and yellow cards);|
|6. Assessment of the player’s performance with his national team (e.g. number of international matches, international goals);|
|7. Assessment of the player’s media and commercial potential (if significant);|
|8. Team performance and characteristics: sporting results, league competitiveness, economic and financial aspects of the club, etc.;|
|9. Team dependence: evaluation of the importance of a given player in his playing team;|
|10. Timing of player’s transfer and economic profiles of potential recruiting and selling clubs.|
Why does Mbappé have the highest marker value?
If you look at the criteria above, you’ll quickly realize that Mbappé scores extremely high in all criteria. The French Forward is widely regarded as one of the best players. He has a top playing position and is a remarkable team player with a unique on-pith performance. Another factor which distinguishes Mbappé from other top players and is one of the main reasons he is has the highest market value is his young age. Kylian Mbappé was born on December 20, 1998 making him one of the youngest players in the top 10 list. Lionel Messi who turned 33 this year has seen his market value plunge by €80 million during the past 2 years. All of these factors contribute to Mbappé’s top market valuation of €180 million.
Will Real Madrid sign Mbappé in 2021?
It is widely believed that Real Madrid will make an effort to sign Kylian Mbappé from PSG in 2021. Mbappé has reportedly told the club that he’s ready to leave PSG in the summer of 2021 and Liverpool and Real Madrid are his preferences. Since PSG would have to risk losing him for free in 2022 -if they cannot renew him-, it is widely believed that the PSG Forward will be signed for less than his market value. According to L’Equipe, he could be signed for ‘as low as’ £91 million.
Note: It is impossible to tell how much Mbappé is worth exactly. These numbers are based on our research and findings and reflect the best of our knowledge.