Kylian Mbappe beats Harry Kane to be named most valuable footballer

Kylian Mbappe beats Harry Kane to be named most valuable footballer

Kylian Mbappe's meteoric rise to the top of world football has ranked him as the game's most valuable player.

CIES Football Observatory has crunched the numbers of a complex calculation that takes into account performance, age, marketability and their current contract length, among other factors, to come up with very specific values.

Having starred with France during their World Cup triumph this summer, 19-year-old Mbappe has leaped ahead of Tottenham star Harry Kane in the rankings to top the list.

Kylian Mbappe has been named the world's most valuable player by CIES Football Observatory

Kylian Mbappe has been named the world's most valuable player by CIES Football Observatory

Kylian Mbappe has been named the world's most valuable player by CIES Football Observatory

Harry Kane has dropped off a first successful season

Harry Kane has dropped off a first successful season

Harry Kane has dropped off a first successful season

TOP 10: MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

PLAYER

Kylain Mbappe

Harry Kane

Neymar

Mohamed Salah

Philippe Coutinho

Lionel Messi

Raheem Sterling

Romelu Lukaku

Dele Alli

Antoine Griezmann

VALUE (£)

189.3m

172.5m

172.2m

151.2m

149.8m

149.2m

143.9m

143.7m

142.9m

137.9m

The Paris Saint-Germain star is now valued at £ 189.3million with Kane, who won the World Cup Golden Boot with England, thought to be worth less at £ 172.5m.

That puts the Tottenham star marginally ahead of Brazilian stalwart Neymar (£ 172.2m), who became the world's most expensive player when he joined PSG for £ 198m in 2016.

One surprise omission is that of Cristiano Ronaldo, who drops out of the top 10 altogether following his £ 100m buzzer move from Real Madrid to Juventus.

Turning 34 in February, the Portuguese will have little to no resale value for the series A leaders but remains a dominant force both in football and marketing terms.

Messi, who at 31 is younger than Ronaldo but still entering his twilight years, remains in the list but has dropped to sixth with an estimated value of £ 149.2m. Liverpool star Mohamed Salah (£ 151.2m) has shot to fourth following his sensational debut season on Merseyside while Messi's Barcelona team-mate Philippe Coutinho (£ 149.8m) comes in fifth place.

Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped out of the top 10 altogether as age starts to catch up with him

Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped out of the top 10 altogether as age starts to catch up with him

Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped out of the top 10 altogether as age starts to catch up with him

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling is not too behind the five-time Ballon d'Or winner on £ 143.9m and signing a £ 300,000-a-week, long-term deal at the Etihad Stadium might be enough to see him rise further up the list.

Romelu Lukaku can consider himself lucky to be on the list as his draft form for Manchester United appears to have had little effect on his market value. He has not scored for United since September, but is still worth £ 143.7m to the club.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli Dele Alli, who is just a long-term deal with the London club, is the only non-striker to crack the top ,

Antoine Griezmann, who has the chance to join Barcelona and agrees to a contract with Atletico Madrid, completes the top 10 with a value of £ 137.9m.

The Frenchman, like Mbappe, so what an important part of the World Cup winning squad.

Dele Alli can be the only midfielder to crack in the top 10, ranking in ninth

Dele Alli can be the only midfielder to crack in the top 10, ranking in ninth

Dele Alli can be the only midfielder to crack in the top 10, ranking in ninth

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