Kylian Mbappe, Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling all worth more than Lionel Messi, according to latest study

Alex Rea 15/06/2019
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Kylian Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe commands the highest transfer value, according to the latest CIES Football Observatory study.

Taking into account age, contract, position, minutes, goals, international status and team results, Mbappe is estimated to be valued at €252 million which puts him atop the list for Europe’s top-five leagues.

Unsurprisingly, forwards dominate the 100-man study but there are a few shocks housed within it, most notably Barcelona icon Lionel Messi sitting at number four with a value of €167.4m.

Ahead of the Argentine sits Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (€219.6m) and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling (€207.8m).

By position, Liverpool’s Alisson Becker is the highest valued goalkeeper at €107.5m, just slightly ahead of Brazil team-mate and City rival Ederson (€103m).

There is more representation from the recently crowned European champions with right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold the most expensive defender with the algorithm spitting out a fee of €130.2m.

In fact, the Reds are well showcased with 11 players entering the list as joining Salah in the top 10 alone is Sadio Mane (€157.8m) and Roberto Firmino (€144.2m).

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Paul Pogba might not have enjoyed his finest campaign with Manchester United, yet the mercurial playmaker still tops the midfielders category with an €125.1m valuation.

Curiously, given the size and stature of the club, Real Madrid do not have representation until 19th with the newly-recruited Eden Hazard marketed at €120.7m.

However, the Belgian might be pleased to know he is a place above a former Galactico with Juventus megastar Cristiano Ronaldo valued at €118.1m.

The Portuguese does top the table for players aged over 33 while at the opposite end of the scale, the most valuable teenager is coveted Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho (€159.4m).

Click here to check out the full study from the CIES Football Observatory

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Copa America 2019: Falcao wants Colombia to end long wait for a win over Argentina

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Radamel Falcao.

Former Manchester United star Radamel Falcao believes Colombia can get their Copa America campaign off to a flying start by securing a long-awaited win over Argentina in Salvador.

Both teams have undergone a significant revamp since last summer’s World Cup and the game will mark the competitive debut in charge of the Colombians of former United coach Carlos Queiroz.

Colombia have a dismal record against Argentina, having failed to beat them in the last 12 years, but Falcao believes his side – who enjoyed a considerably better World Cup than their opponents – now have the chance.

Falcao told the media: “We haven’t beaten Argentina for a long time, but we have to keep fighting. I think we are much closer.

“We will continue fighting and giving everything to achieve this goal. This team has decided to live according to this mentality of believing and fighting.”

The match marks the first competitive fixture for Argentina since their elimination in Russia, which led to the departure of coach Jorge Sampaoli as well as veterans like Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain.

The relatively inexperienced Lionel Scaloni is now in charge and will look to his experienced figures like Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria to lead an otherwise young squad back into contention.

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Copa America 2019: Philippe Coutinho scores double as Brazil get campaign off to winning start

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Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho scored a quickfire double as hosts Brazil kicked off their Copa America campaign with a 3-0 victory over Bolivia.

The Selecao opened the tournament in Sao Paulo and were able to overcome the loss of injured star man Neymar to claim their 100th Copa victory.

Brazil had the first effort on goal and were dominating proceedings, but the back of the net proved elusive in the first half.

Roberto Firmino and Thiago Silva provided the best chances from corners but it needed a penalty to break the deadlock five minutes after the break.

Richarlison’s strike from inside the area hit the arm of Jusino and, after a VAR review, Coutinho converted from the spot.

The ex-Liverpool man then doubled the lead with a header just three minutes later.

Bolivia were increasingly over-run and had no way back when substitute Everton Soares fired into the far corner in the 85th minute to wrap up the comfortable victory.

Brazil have won the Copa America on all of the four previous occasions they have been hosts – the last time in 1989.

Tite’s team face Venezuela on Wednesday for the second of their group stage matches, while Bolivia will play Peru on Tuesday.

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