The following players collectively form the world’s most valuable football team in terms of their positions.
The market value of football players can go up or down constantly depending on their performances, contracts and future potential, which, in turn, is closely related to age. Some of the best players in the world can cost massive amounts of money.
The advent of modern football has seen a rise in the market value of footballers across all positions, such that defenders and goalkeepers are also valued higher than before due to their evolving roles. The compilation of the most valuable players in the world right now into a starting eleven makes for a great team.
That said, here is Khel Now taking a peak into what is the most valuable XI in world football right now. The data on market values of players have been taken from Transfermarkt.
Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid, €90.00m)
Atletico Madrid’s exceptional custodian, Jan Oblak is the most valuable goalkeeper in the world right now. He is valued at around €90.00m in the current market. The 28-year-old is in what they call the ‘peak years’ in a goalkeeper’s career and has been performing at unreal levels for a few years consistently. The Slovenian has 153 clean sheets in 290 games for the La Liga outfit.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, €110.00m)
Liverpool’s creative force from the right flank despite being a full-back in essence, Trent-Alexander Arnold is also the most valuable full-back in the world right now. The 22-year-old has notched nine goals and 40 assists for the Reds so far. He also holds the record for most assists by a defender in a Premier League season at 13.
Right Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, €80.00m)
One of the key reasons behind Liverpool’s recent rise in European football is their defender Virgil van Dijk. The Dutch international has been on the sidelines for the majority of the 2020-21 season due to injury, but still remains the most valuable centre-back in world football.
Left Centre-back: Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus, €75.00m)
Matthijs de Ligt is the second most valuable center-back in the world. The 21-year-old had been impressive for AFC Ajax before making a big-money move to Juventus FC in 2019. He is pegged to be one of the best defenders of the upcoming generation and his market value does enough justice to his potential as a player.
Left-back: Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, €75.00m)
FC Bayern Munich’s young full-back Alphonso Davies is the most valuable left-back in the market. The Canadian erupted on the European stage and impressed everyone with his pace during the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League-winning season for the Bundesliga outfit. The 20-year-old has a lot of potential and can go on to become one of the best full-backs to ever play the game.
Central Defensive Midfielder: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich, €90.00m)
FC Bayern Munich’s exceptional midfielder who started out as a right-back, Joshua Kimmich is valued around €90.00m. It makes him the most valuable holding defensive midfielder in the world currently. He is also the orchestrator from the deep, initiating attacking gameplays, covering the defence and the leader in a team full of superstars.
Central Attacking Midfielder: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United, €90.00m)
Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes is one of the most lethal midfielders in Europe at the moment. The Portuguese ‘magnifico’ is valued at €90.00m and has been exceptional since moving to Old Trafford from Sporting CP. In the ongoing season, the 26-year-old has 23 goals and 13 assists in 41 games across all competitions.
Central Attacking Midfielder: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City, €120.00m)
Manchester City’s skipper Kevin De Bruyne is valued at around €120.00m, making him the most expensive midfielder in the world. The Belgian has been exceptional on a consistent basis for the last few years. He is central to the Sky Blues’ set-up and is lethal from long-range, be it passing, crossing or shooting. Fernandes and him are constantly a topic for discussion among the fans for the title of best midfielder in the Premier League.
Right-winger: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, €120.00m)
Mohamed Salah is one of the best attackers in world football right now. His contribution to Liverpool’s rise is immense and the Egyptian continues to play a vital role for the Reds even today. Despite the team going through a rough start to the year, Salah has still managed 25 goals and four assists in 39 appearances overall.
Left-wing: Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain, €128.00m)
The Brazilian superstar and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)’s most-expensive signing ever, Neymar is the most valuable option at the left-wing position. The 29-year-old is indispensable for the Parisians, who signed the player from Barcelona for a sum of €222.00m in 2017. Despite dealing with injuries, Neymar has 13 goals and six assists in 18 games this season.
Centre-forward: Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain, €180.00m)
Kylian Mbappe is not only the most valuable centre-forward but also the most valuable player across the globe. The 2018 World Cup winner is the second-most expensive signing in the world behind his teammate Neymar. A torchbearer for the upcoming generation of gifted footballers, Mbappe is pegged to carry the mantle from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo once they retire. The 22-year-old has an eye-watering 146 goals and 77 assists in merely 220 professional appearances. He has scored 16 goals for the French national team as well.