A new era begins: Haaland replaces Mbappé on the throne


With the summer transfer window now open and major deals already making headlines, Football Benchmark presents its latest, July 2023 update of the Player Valuation platform. As this update also aligns with the start of the new season for the autumn-spring schedule leagues, our coverage reflects the promotion and relegation of teams. The market value estimation of players whose transfers were already finalised before 6th July already takes their new team and improved contracts into consideration.

Changing of the guard: Erling Haaland overtakes Kylian Mbappé

For the first time in his career, Erling Haaland has emerged as the most valuable player at EUR 194 million, surpassing Kylian Mbappé (EUR 182 million). The Norwegian’s exceptional performances and 52 goals throughout the season helped the Citizens to achieve a historic treble in his first season with the club. Trailing behind Haaland and Mbappé by a considerable gap, Vinícius Jr. completes the podium with a value of EUR 157 million. Similarly to our previous, March update, all players in the top 10 are aged 24 or less, highlighting the importance of age when it comes to the valuation of football players. The two newcomers in the top 10 are Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli) and Bukayo Saka (Arsenal FC), replacing the Real Madrid duo of Tchoumaeni and Valverde.

As of now, the top 10 player ranking features Jude Bellingham as the only player who has already changed clubs this summer. It remains to be seen if other players from this group will follow suit.


The Billionaire Club

As market values increase after strong on-pitch performances and several high-profile contract extensions, there are now eight clubs surpassing the EUR 1 billion total squad value mark. This group features at least one club from the top divisions of England, Spain, Germany and France; among the so-called “Big Five” leagues, only Italy is missing. The most valuable squad from the Serie A belongs to champions Napoli (EUR 697 million).

In line with their domination on the pitch, Manchester City FC lead the rankings with a squad market value of almost EUR 1.4 billion, followed closely by domestic rivals Arsenal (EUR 1.3 billion), who have advanced in the rankings thanks to a number of contract extensions, as well as new signings. In contrast, Chelsea FC experienced a significant drop (dropping from 2nd to 8th place), as the club sold several players, including Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Kalidou Koulibaly, during the current transfer window.


Players finding new homes

As highlighted earlier, the latest update also features the impact of transfers that have already been completed. English Premier League (EPL) clubs have already flexed their financial muscle and actively participated in several high-profile deals. Despite having many suitors from England, none of the big clubs were able to secure the signing of talented midfielder Jude Bellingham, who chose Real Madrid instead in a deal reportedly worth EUR 103 million. Following the move to the Spanish capital, the former Dortmund player is now valued at EUR 152 million and is the 4th most valuable player in the world.


Rising stars in contention for Tuttosport’s Golden Boy award, powered by Football Benchmark

As recently announced, Football Benchmark became the Data & Analytics partner of the Golden Boy Award and developed the Golden Boy Index, an advanced mathematical model that integrates sporting performance, playing time, club strength, and competition-based indicators to rank the best young talents.

Naturally, the list of the most valuable Under-21 players according to Football Benchmark includes many familiar faces that are also frontrunners in the latest release of the Golden Boy Index. Apart from SL Benfica’s António Silva, all other players belong to clubs from the “Big Five” leagues. The Spanish LaLiga, in particular, dominates the rankings, with three players from FC Barcelona, two from Real Madrid CF, and one from Villarreal CF in the top 10.


Football Benchmark’s Player Valuation broadens to include Mexican Liga MX

This update also marks an important milestone, as our Player Valuation platform continues to expand. The Mexican Liga MX has long been recognised for its passionate fan base, intense rivalries, and high-quality football. By incorporating Liga MX player valuations into the platform, Football Benchmark acknowledges the league's growing prominence and its impact on the transfer market. The ranking of the top 10 most valuable players in the league is led by Chivas’s Roberto Alvarado, at EUR 9.5 million, closely followed by former Real Madrid academy and current Club América player Álvaro Fidalgo (EUR 9.4 million) and Alvarado’s teammate, Alexis Vega (EUR 8.7 million).


Note: Football Benchmark’s Player Valuation platform monitors market values for over 11,000 players from 23 leagues: English Premier League, English EFL Championship, Spanish LaLiga, Spanish LaLiga2, German Bundesliga, German 2. Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, Italian Serie B, French Ligue 1, French Ligue 2, Portuguese Primeira Liga, Turkish Süper Lig, Dutch Eredivisie, Belgian Pro League, Brazilian Serie A, Argentina Primera División, Austrian Bundesliga, Russian Premier Liga, Saudi Professional League, Danish Superliga, Swiss Super League, Scottish Premiership, Liga MX, and from several top teams in other leagues.
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