Marcus Rashford is now the world's MOST VALUABLE footballer

Marcus Rashford is now the world’s MOST VALUABLE footballer at £149m followed by Erling Haaland with Kylian Mbappe pushed into fifth… but which Premier League midfielders and defenders top the CIES chart in their positions?

  • Marcus Rashford is ranked as the world’s most valuable player in new list
  • CIES Football Observatory values the Manchester United striker at £150million
  • He has jumped to the top as PSG striker Kylian Mbappe drops down the list
  • French star is valued at £135m now as he enters last 18 months of his contract
  • Erling Haaland, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bruno Fernandes make the top five
  • But Barcelona star Lionel Messi barely scrapes into top 100 as contract runs out 

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is the world’s most valuable player and worth a staggering £150million, according to the lates calculations by CIES Football Observatory.

While Rashford’s value has skyrocketed on account of a free-scoring season for United, Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe has slumped to fifth place on their list as he enters the last 18 months of his contract.

They value Mbappe at £135m now, below Rashford, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland (£137.3m), Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold (£137m) and United attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes (£135.1m).

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford is considered the most valuable player worldwide

But Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has slipped to fifth because of his contract 

Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland comes in second with a value of £137.3m

The CIES survey takes into account recent player performances as well as their age, contract situation and career progression plus their club’s wealth and success.

Rashford’s value has soared this season on account of the 14 goals and seven assists he has racked up for United and the fact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team can be considered Premier League title contenders for the first time in a while.

The England forward is also young at the age of 23 and is contracted to the Old Trafford club until 2023 with the option of a further year.

France international Mbappe, 22, actually has an identical goals and assists record to Rashford this season but his value has ebbed away because he hasn’t yet committed to a long-term PSG contract.

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes (right) are regarded as the most valuable defender and midfielder respectively

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (right) barely scrapes into the top 100 while Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus (left) is ranked 131st in the latest CIES ranking

Top 10 most valuable 

1. Marcus Rashford (Man United) £149.8m

2. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) £137.3m

3.Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) £137.1m

4. Bruno Fernandes (Man United) £137m

5. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) £135m

6. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) £134.1m

7. Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) £128m

8. Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) £126m

9. Raheem Sterling (Man City) £123.9m

10. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) £123m

Source: CIES Football Observatory  

Haaland, 20, continues to see his stock rise fast after 17 goals for Dortmund so far this season. The Norwegian will be in demand in the summer with Manchester United and Chelsea among a number of heavyweight clubs linked with him.

Alexander-Arnold, 22, is ranked as the world’s most valuable defender off the back of an outstanding couple of years in which Liverpool won first the Champions League and then the Premier League.

Fourth-placed Fernandes, meanwhile, has been a revelation for United since he arrived from Sporting Lisbon almost a year ago, contributing 27 goals and 17 assists in 46 matches to transform United into title challengers.

Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho makes the top 10 despite stuttering form at times this season and is valued at £134m, ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix on £127.9m.

Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Chelsea’s Kai Havertz close out the top 10 on the CIES list.

Manchester City’s Ederson Moraes is ranked as the most valuable goalkeeper at £71.9m.

With his Barcelona contract into its final six months, Lionel Messi only just scrapes into the top 100 with an estimated value of £48.8m.

But that’s still higher than Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, ranked 131st at £42.5m because of his age and the relatively short time left on his Juventus contract, which runs until June 2022.

Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho comes in sixth on the list at £134million

Manchester City’s Ederson Moraes comes in as the most valuable goalkeeper on the list

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