- Spending standards in the soccer transfer market have been rising steeply over the past few years.
- Signings of hundreds of millions now considered relatively normal.
- The CIES Football Observatory has put together a ranking of Europe’s most expensive soccer players.
- The ranking uses factors such as age, contract, position, minutes played, goals, international status, and team results.
- These are the 11 most expensive soccer players in Europe.
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The world of soccer, particularly the transfer market, has seen a lot of changes over the past few years.
Spending standards have risen exponentially, with signings of hundreds of millions now considered pretty common.
Taking into account variables such as age, contract, position, minutes played, goals, international status, and team results, the CIES Football Observatory has put together a ranking of Europe’s most expensive soccer players.
These are the 11 most expensive soccer players in Europe, according to the latest study from the CIES Football Observatory.
11. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) — $128.2 million
Jesus taught himself about soccer on the streets before being noticed by amateur club Anhanguera.
10. Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) — $128.3 million
Martínez followed in his father’s footsteps to become a professional soccer player.
9. Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona) — $137.1 million
As a youngster, the player was rejected by several clubs based on his small size and light frame.
8. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) — $139.2 million
Messi became a Spanish citizen in September 2005.
6. Harry Kane (Tottenham) — $166.9 million
Harry Kane was rejected by Arsenal for being overweight, according to The Guardian.
5. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) — $172.6 million
To raise money to get Mané into Generation Foot, a soccer academy in Dakar, his parents sold their farm produce.
4. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) — $187.3 million
Sancho was born and raised in Kennington, London.
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There was nowhere for him to play soccer, so he learned to play on the streets and in back alleys.
3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) — $194.2 million
Salah married his wife, Maggi, in his hometown in 2013. Together, they had a daughter, Makka, in 2014.
2. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) — $248.1 million
Raheem represents England but was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He lived there until he was five.
1. Kylian Mbappé (PSG) — $294.1 million
The Paris Saint-German striker won the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award in 2018.
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This post has been translated from French.
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