KYLIAN MBAPPE is by far the most valuable footballer in the world today, according to a new study.
The Football Benchmark investigation by accounting firm KPMG estimates the Paris Saint-Germain star's value to be £162million.
The 22-year-old stands head and shoulders above the chasing pack, which is now led by Erling Haaland.
At £112m, the Borussia Dortmund star is the biggest mover in the year-on-year study and jumps Harry Kane on the podium.
Despite a small increase from his 2020 value, the Tottenham and England forward sits third on £109m.
The valuations set the scene for a potentially mega summer in the transfer market.
Real Madrid are said to be chasing World Cup winner Mbappe having publicly courted his services.
And Los Blancos could turn to Haaland, 20, if they fail to land the Frenchman.
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Agent Mino Raiola has opened the door to a move which could cost a total £300m.
Manchester City, Chelsea and Barcelona are all reportedly keeping tabs on the Norwegian, as well as Manchester United.
SunSport recently revealed Kane's plans to consider his future at the end of the season with the Red Devils pondering a £90m offer.
United's own Marcus Rashford comes in at No4 in the KPMG list (£104m) ahead of England team-mate Raheem Sterling (£102m).
Neymar (£100m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£97m) are next before the £94m trio of Jadon Sancho, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
No LaLiga or Serie A players make the cut, meaning both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo miss out.
The study reckons Barcelona icon Messi, 33, has lost over half his market value ahead of his contract expiring in June.
The Premier League comfortably topped the ranking of overall player value with each footballer in the English top-flight worth an average £17.2m before the Bundesliga on £10m.
Manchester City boasted the most expensive squad at £962m ahead of Liverpool (£867.5m), Manchester United (£779m) and Chelsea (£765.5m).
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