Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies the world’s most valuable youngster

Robin Bairner
Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies the world’s most valuable youngster

Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies the world’s most valuable youngster

Bayern Munich full-back Alphonso Davies is the most valuable player in elite European football born after 2000, according to a study conducted by the CIES Football Observatory.

The algorithm used puts the Canada international’s worth at €180.4 million. If he were sold for such a sum, that would make him the second most expensive player of all time, behind Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for €222m in 2017.

Davies eclipses Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, who was the subject of the summer’s most prominent transfer story as he was persistently linked to Manchester United. The Englishman is valued at £125.6m, although his contract expires in 2022, making him relatively more affordable option compared to Davies, whose deal is up in 2025.

NameClubValue (€m)
Alphonso DaviesBayern Munich180.4
Jadon SanchoBorussia Dortmund125.6
Ansu FatiBarcelona122.7
Erling HaalandBorussia Dortmund120.3
Mason GreenwoodManchester United115.3
Ferran TorresManchester City106
Bukayo SakaArsenal95.8
Dejan KulusevskiJuventus75.1
Phil FodenManchester City70.3
Rodrygo GoesReal Madrid69.9
Eduardo CamavingaRennes61.5
Vinicius JuniorReal Madrid58.5
Takefusa KuboReal Madrid (on loan at Villarreal)48.5
Callum Hudson-OdoiChelsea47.1
Jude BellinghamBorussia Dortmund44.5

All of players born in the year 2000 or after in Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues – England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France – were examined, with 12 posting estimated values of above €50m.

It is the Bundesliga that dominates the top of the table, posting three of the four players estimated to carry the most value. As well as Davies and Sancho, Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is reckoned to be worth €120.3m.

Spoiling the monopoly of Germany’s top flight in the top four is Barcelona attacker Ansu Fati. Tipped as a potential heir to Lionel Messi at Camp Nou, he is priced at an estimated €122.7m. He is also one of only two players born in 2002 in the leading 15, with Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham the only born in 2003.

Although they do not have a player of the standing on Ansu, Real Madrid post a couple of youngsters high up the ranking in the form of Rodrygo (€69.9m) and Vinicius Junior (€58.5m).

Meanwhile, striker Mason Greenwood of Manchester United is the first Premier League player on the list, rated at €115.3m in fifth. He is followed swiftly by Manchester City’s Ferran Torres (€106m) and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (€95.8m). Phil Foden of City (€70.3m) is also among the elite group of players with a value in excess of €50m.

Serie A is represented in this clique by Juventus attacker Dejan Kulusevski (€75.1m) while Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes (€61.5m) is Ligue 1’s sole player at this level.