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The Most Valuable Teenagers in Europe

The estimable CIES Football Observatory have ranked the most valuable players in Europe’s Big 5 leagues.

Unsurprisingly Lionel Messi tops the list, valued at a colossal €250.7 million. Neymar is in second place ahead of Eden Hazard, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane.

CIES top 100 valuable players Europe

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur tops the list of valuable teenagers. The CIES algorithm* ranks various criteria and Alli’s explosive start to life in the Premier League, Europa League performances and international debut coupled with his age, 19, position and contract length have seen his ‘value’ reach €34.6 million.

Leroy Sane of Schalke is second on the teenage list at €25.8m and Kinglsey Coman of Bayern Munich is third at €23.2m.

Barcelona’s Alen Halilovic(€18.9m), on loan at Gijon, and Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt (€15.1m) complete the top five.


La Liga dominates the list with ten currently active players. The Bundesliga and Premier League account for seven players each, five play in Italy and two in France (there are 31 players in the CIES top 30).

Attacking players dominate the list with 11 forwards and eight attacking midfielders. Five defensive midfielders are included with three centre backs and three full backs.

As the only goalkeeper and, at 16 the youngest player on the list, Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan is a freakish outlier. His ability and prodigious progress sees him valued at €7.1m.

Three of the five defensive midfielders play in Serie A, two of them for Bologna – 18-year-old Amadou Diawara (€12.4m) and 19-year-old Godfred Donsah (9.8m).

Bayer Leverkusen have two players in the top ten (Brandt and Jonathan Tah) and another in 19th placed Levin Oztunali who is on loan at Weder Bremen. Chelsea are represented by Kenedy (€5.5m) and Reuben Loftus-Cheek (€5.3m) but their highest ranked player is Andreas Christenson (€10.9m) currently excelling at Borussia Monchengladbach.

English League One MK Dons side can feel great pride at the presence of two graduates of their academy in the top ten. Brendan Galloway left them for Everton in 2014 while Dele Alli was still playing for them just 12 months ago.

Alli’s progress since linking up with Tottenham has been startling and the £5 million fee that took him to Spurs looks increasingly like one of the biggest bargains in recent years.

When the list is broken down by nationality Germany comes out on top with five players, England is second with four and Nigeria and Spain joint third with three each. Brazil and France both have two and the list is completed by one player from Croatia, Guinea, Denmark, Ghana, Senegal, Paraguay, Mali, Norway, Venezuela, Belgium and Portugal.




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