The 10 defenders with the highest price tag in world football

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese Updated: 4 May 2022 19:26 CEST 3 min read
Trent Alexander-Arnold playing for Liverpool in a Champions League game at Anfield against Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool ace Trent Alexander-Arnold remains the defender who has the highest transfer valuation in world football.

Alexander-Arnold, who is 23, is valued by FootballTransfers at €91.6 million and is one of two Liverpool defenders who are in the leading 10 players in this category.

Perhaps surprisingly, it is not Netherlands star Virgil van Dijk who is in the Top 10 but Scotland international left-back Andy Robertson who makes the grade. The former Hull and Dundee United player clocks in with a transfer valuation of €70.6m.


Both players, however, have seen marginal drops in their valuation, which is determined by an algorithm that calculates a player’s worth based upon hundreds of in-game data points as well as external factors such as age and length left on contract.

In second place is Manchester City centre-back Ruben Dias, who has won widespread acclaim for his performances with the club since arriving from Benfica in 2020.

The 10 most valuable defenders in the world

PlayerClubValue (€m)
Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpool91.6
Ruben DiasMan City78.3
Matthijs de LigtJuventus76.2
Alphonso DaviesBayern75.5
Joao CanceloMan City72.4
Joshua KimmichBayern71.6
Andy RobertsonLiverpool70.6
Achraf HakimiPSG63.1
David AlabaReal Madrid60

Completing the podium is Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt, whose value is now €76.2m ahead of a potential move in the next transfer window.

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Alphonso Davies has dropped off the leading three players, with the Bayern Munich left-back having suffered from Covid in recent weeks. His valuation of €75.5m is lower than it previously had been.

Marquinhos and Joao Cancelo, in fifth and sixth, are one of two representatives in this list from their respective clubs.

Following them comes Joshua Kimmich, another player to have been hit by Covid issues this season, Achraf Hakimi and David Alaba.