Marcus Rashford Is The Most Valuable Player In The World
Marcus Rashford is now the most valuable player in world football, and Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes isn't too far behind him.
Kylian Mbappe, who Rashford is often compared to, has long been considered the most valuable player in the world, and the man most likely to surpass the world record transfer fee, currently held by PSG teammate Neymar.
However the Frenchman has just 18 months left on his deal in Paris, and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, and that means his value has come down.
According to the CIES Observatory, the World Cup winner is now 'only' worth €149.4 million, making him the fifth most valuable player in the world.
Rashford, with three and a half years left on his deal, is worth €165.6 million, with Erling Haaland, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fernandes making up the top five.
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The CIES model takes into account a player's age, contract duration, performance, international status and career progression, as well as the sporting and financial position of the selling club.
For most of those reasons Mbappe is worth a lot of money, which is the same for Rashford, but the fact that he can leave for free in just over a year means that the former Monaco forward's value has dropped.
Should Real not be able to agree a fee for the Frenchman this summer they would be able to negotiate a pre contract agreement with him this time next year, and sign him in summer 2022 for nothing.
England have seven players in the top 20 most valuable players right now, more than any other country, with Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Mason Mount and Harry Kane joining Rashford and Alexander-Arnold.
Lionel Messi's contract coming to an end this summer, coupled with an age of 33, means the Barcelona ace is only 97th on the list, worth €54 million, but Manchester City or PSG will be hoping to get him for nothing this year.
Rival Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped outside the top 100, slipping to 131st in the world with his €47 million valuation.
Clubs could of course value their players higher and it might still take a huge offer to pry Mbappe away from the French capital.
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