Player values 10% off pre-Covid levels, Mbappe worth €200m, Man City €1.1bn

October 29 – KPMG Football Benchmark have updated their player valuation tool that shows since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic the aggregate value of the 500 most valuable football players has decreased by 10.3%. But, there are signs of recovery.

The latest valuation is a significant improvement on the KPMG valuation looking at the period February to May. Then the calculated value of the Top 500 and Top 100 players had decreased by 19.6% and 17.9%.

“From May to August, the 500 and 100 highest valued players in our model were worth 9.2% and 8.2% more, respectively. Nevertheless, our latest update as of16 October demonstrates much slower growth between August and October: indeed, the Top 500 players are now valued 2.2% more, while the Top 100 players’ values grew by 2.1%,” said KPMG.

Looking at aggregate squad values by club, English Premier League clubs dominate occupying five of the top 10 positions with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea making up the top three. Man City and Liverpool both have squads valued at over €1 billion, compared to Real Madrid at €865 million, Bayern Munich at €862 million and PSG at €762 million.

Looking at the Top 10 players by market value there is little change. “However, the aggregate value of these elite players has decreased by a total of €30 million in the past two months, and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only player among them who could increase his value in this period,” says KPMG.

Kylian Mbappé remains at the top of the rankings and is the only player valued over €200 million – his value makes up more than 25% of PSG’s total squad value. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has moved up from 3rd place to second and is followed by his England teammate Jadon Sancho. Neymar fell from 2nd to 4th place.

“Regardless of the state of the market, good performances affect player values positively,” says KPMG. “Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich, for example, jumped from the 29th to the 13th spot with a valuation of €94 million, a €16.6 million increase since August. His teammate Serge Gnabry did even better: he advanced 23 places and is now 19th at €89 million (a growth of €17.9 million). Both players jumped in the rankings following excellent displays in the Champions League and the early Bundesliga games.

The player with the highest market value increase is Barca’s Spanish wonderkid Ansu Fati broke onto the scene last year at 16, was capped by the national team at the senior level and awarded September’s LaLiga player of the month. His achievements resulted in an €26 million increase in value between August and October.

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