Haaland, Vinicius Jr., and Bukayo Saka Are Among the Most Expensive Players in the World


Manchester City striker Erling Haaland is the world’s most expensive player and valued at 245.1m euros (£211.2m), a new study says.

Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr and Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka are ranked second and third respectively in the CIES Football Observatory’s latest report.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham came in at number four.

Benfica defender Antonio Silva is the highest ranked player outside of Europe’s big five leagues.

The CIES metrics placed Saka as the third most expensive player, potentially commanding a fee of 195.8m euros (£168.7m).

Real Madrid superstar Vinicius, 22, sits just ahead of Saka in the rankings, valued at 196.3m euros (£169.1m).



The Brazilian is just over a year older than Saka but his current deal with Los Blancos is set to expire in the summer of 2024.

The study took into account over 2,000 transactions of players transferred for money from clubs in the five major European leagues during the period July 2012 to November 2021.

Length of contract with players’ current clubs was also considered as well as age, goals, assists and appearances for the national team.

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