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  • 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

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton FC at Etihad Stadium on December 15, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Jesus was raised in the favelas of Jardim Peri, in the north zone of Sao Paulo.


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Jesus taught himself about soccer on the streets before being noticed by amateur club Anhanguera.

10. Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) — $128.3 million

Borussia Dortmund v Inter: Group F - UEFA Champions League DORTMUND, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 05: Lautaro Martinez of Inter celebrates after scoring his teams first goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Borussia Dortmund and Inter at Signal Iduna Park on November 05, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

The player was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina


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Martínez followed in his father’s footsteps to become a professional soccer player.

9. Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona) — $137.1 million

Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann was born and raised in Mâcon.


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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

Lionel Messi

The Argentinian was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency when he was young.


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Messi became a Spanish citizen in September 2005.

6. Harry Kane (Tottenham) — $166.9 million

Harry Kane

Kane went to the same school as David Beckham.

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Harry Kane was rejected by Arsenal for being overweight, according to The Guardian.

5. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) — $172.6 million

Sadio Mane

Mané grew up in a small village in Southern Senegal.


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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

Jadon Sancho

Sancho left his family at the tender age of 12 to play soccer in Watford’s Academy.


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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

Salah was born in Gharbia, Egypt on June 15, 1992.

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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 Sterling

Sterling joined Manchester City on July 14, 2015.


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Raheem represents England but was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He lived there until he was five.

1. Kylian Mbappé (PSG) — $294.1 million

Kylian Mbappe

Mbappé was the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup final.

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The Paris Saint-German striker won the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award in 2018.

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