Europe is home to some of the most competitive football leagues and cup competitions in the world.
The continent, rich in footballing heritage, is also home to some of the biggest clubs, with world-class training facilities. Therefore, young aspiring European footballers receive immense support to fulfill their ambitions and become the best in the world.
Today, we’re going to take a look at five European footballers who have brought honor to their respective countries by becoming some of the most sought-after players in the world.
Today we’re going to take a look at five European footballers who are considered the most valuable on the planet:
Valuation via: Transfermarkt
#5 Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus): 85 million euros
Dusan Vlahovic has had a rather colorful 2021-22 campaign. He enjoyed a dazzling run for Fiorentina in the first half of the Serie A season, scoring 17 goals and providing four assists in 21 league appearances.
In January, he made a controversial €81.6million move to national rivals Juventus and added seven more league goals (in 15 appearances) to his tally.
The Serbian sniper, whose value is currently estimated at 85 million euros, also scored four goals in the Italian Cup and another in the Champions League.
The 22-year-old, who finished the season as Serie A’s second top scorer, behind Lazio’s Ciro Immobile (27 goals), sees his contract expire in June 2026.
#4 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) : 90 millions d’euros
Tottenham Hotspur and England ace Harry Kane hardly needs an introduction.
The forward has been part of Spurs’ senior squad since 2013, rarely going wrong. He valiantly led his side, scoring 247 goals in 385 appearances in all competitions.
Kane wasn’t quite at his best in the 2021-22 season, especially at the start of the campaign. The 28-year-old has scored just one goal in his first 13 Premier League games which has hurt Spurs in their quest for a top four finish.
Luckily for the Lilywhites, he eventually found his feet after the arrival of Antonio Conte, and scored 16 goals in the next 24 games, finishing as the division’s fourth top scorer.
He also scored 10 goals in cup competitions, taking his total for the season to 27 goals. Kane, whose rating is 90 million euros, sees his contract expire in June 2024.
# 3 Phil Foden (Manchester City): 90 million euros
Phil Foden, who has been with the club since 2009, is one of Manchester City’s best academy players. Foden is a versatile and capable midfielder, who has proven himself in wider areas and even as a false 9.
The €90m England international is quick, an excellent passer, knows how to involve his teammates in the game and also scores important goals.
In the 2021-22 campaign, Foden registered 14 goals and 11 assists in 45 games in all competitions. His nine goals and five assists in 28 Premier League games have greatly helped City defend their title. His contributions won him the ‘PFA Young Player of the Year’ award.
Foden, who has scored 45 goals and 33 assists in 169 games for the Citizens in his career, still has more than two years on his contract (June 2024).
# 2 Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund): 150 million euros
Erling Haaland is arguably the most wanted young number 9 in the world right now. The Norway international made headlines during his two-and-a-half years at Borussia Dortmund, scoring goals left, right and through.
The centre-forward, known for his physicality, speed and exceptional finishing, appeared in 87 matches for BVB, scoring 83 goals and providing 19 assists.
Premier League giants Manchester City were impressed with the marksman and activated his €60million release clause. They have also agreed personal terms with him which means the player will be on their payroll from July 1.
In Haaland, Manchester City have one of the fiercest strikers in football today. It will be interesting to see if Pep Guardiola manages to incorporate the €150million-rated star into the squad and help him get the most out of City’s creative wizardry next season.
#1 Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain): 160 million euros
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe has been a hot topic in the footballing world for most of the last year, for reasons both on and off the pitch.
As a footballer, Mbappe was a cut above the rest in Ligue 1, even surpassing the greats Lionel Messi and Neymar. Off the pitch, he made headlines due to his decision to snub Real Madrid to extend his three-year stay at the Parc des Princes.
In the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season, Mbappe recorded 28 goals and 19 assists. He finished the campaign as both the division’s top scorer and top assist provider, becoming the only Ligue 1 player to achieve this feat in the century.
Mbappe has also been a phenomenon in the Champions League, scoring six goals and providing six assists in eight appearances. He scored both of PSG’s goals against Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16.
Unfortunately, his compatriot Karim Benzema overtook him and took Los Blancos to the quarter-finals with a sensational hat-trick in the second leg.
Mbappe, who is currently valued at €160m, is the most valuable player in the world right now, across all continents.
He has scored 170 goals and 88 assists in 216 appearances for PSG in all competitions and his contract expires in June 2025.