Thibaut Courtois, figure of Real Madrid and the Belgian national team.  REUTERS/Vincent West

It is appropriate to start with a clarification: it is not strictly a question of who are the best individuals, position by position that the Qatar 2022 World Cup will offer. But a kind of broad selection of the most sought-after soccer players. and such sense the age of the players is key to take into account certain notorious absences among the “tops”.

According to the specialized site Transfermarkt, those who follow are the footballers with the highest market value among those who will participate in the World Cup but also among those who were left out with their team. A list that of course it offers and will offer space for discussion. In fact, none of the five great figures of the last decade such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo or of the last five years such as Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski do not appear in the top positions. The three best players of the last World Cup do not appear either: Luka Modric, Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann. Come and see:

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Thibaut Courtois, figure of Real Madrid and the Belgian national team. REUTERS/Vincent West

The immense Thibaut Courtois –great figure of the Champions League final that Real Madrid beat Liverpool and Belgian goalkeeper– it is the number one. Its market value of 60 million euros.

The second, Gianluigi Donnarumma (50 million; from PSG) will not be in the World Cup. He was chosen as the best goalkeeper and the best player at Euro 2020 and participated in the record of 37 games unbeaten held by Italy. But the North Macedonia surprise in the Repechage left him without the possibility of showing himself in the Persian Gulf.

In the next two positions there are two brazilians: Alisson (50 million; from Liverpool) and Ederson (45 million; from Chelsea). Fifth is another who is not in the World Cup: Jan Oblak (45 million; from Atlético de Madrid).

The Argentine Emiliano Martínez (28 million; from Aston Villa) was chosen as the best goalkeeper in the Copa América that the National Team won in Brazil, with the final at the Maracaná included. It is located tenth (eighth among those who will be in Qatar).


Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after winning the FA Cup in the recent 21/22 season.  REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after winning the FA Cup in the recent 21/22 season. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

The English right back Trent Alexander Arnold (80 million) is the most sought after among. Key player of Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool. He is 23 years old and is already consolidated in the English team (the one with the highest market value, ahead of France).

The best value among the central markers is the Portuguese Ruben Dias (75 million; from Manchester City). Then there are three other defenders valued at 70 million: left-back Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich player; born in Liberia, representative of surprising Canada, winner of the CONCACAF finals); Matthijs de Ligt (central defender for the Netherlands and Juventus) and Brazilian Marquinhos (PSG defender; can also play as a central midfielder).

The first Argentine in the ranking of defenders is Cristian Romero (48 million). skin, central marker of Tottenham Hotspur, is an immovable for Lionel Scaloni. He is ranked 22nd.


Phil Foden, applauding his fans.  He is the most sought after among flyers.  Behind, Ruben Dias, the center with the highest market value.  Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Phil Foden, applauding his fans. He is the most sought after among flyers. Behind, Ruben Dias, the center with the highest market value. Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Another Englishman heads the ranking of midfielders: it is Phil Foden (90 million), who stands out in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City where he usually plays as a striker. Second place is shared by a teammate from that wonderful team put together by Santpedor’s coach, the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne (85 million), along with the Portuguese Bruno Fernandes, a player for the archrival of the citizens, Manchester United. The former Sporting Lisboa player was key to the Lusitanos’ qualification: he scored the two decisive goals in the playoff against North Macedonia.

Behind that podium appear six footballers valued at 80 million. It is about the Spaniards Pedri (from Barcelona; 19 years old and 12 games with The Red) and Rodri (from Manchester City); Englishman Jude Bellingham (from Borussia Dortmund) he is 18 years old and is the youngest of the top 10 midfielders; This sextet is completed by Declan Rice (represents England and plays for West Ham), the German Joshua Kimmich (of Bayern Munich, who can also play as a full-back or as a central marker) and the Portuguese Bernardo Silva (of Manchester City, champion of the last Premier League).

Among the Argentines the first to appear is Rodrigo De Paul (40 million). Consolidated in the Scaloni team, he has the same valuation as N’golo Kanté (31 years old; perhaps the best central midfielder in the world). Both share the 40th position in the ranking in their field.

The Croatian Luka Modric is a particular case: Ballon d’Or in the last World Cup and a decisive figure in Real Madrid, champion of the Champions League and the Spanish League. He is valued at 10 million and is ranked 288th among midfielders. The explanation: he is 36 years old.


Kylian Mbappé, celebrating, as almost always.  EFE/Juanjo Martin

Kylian Mbappé, celebrating, as almost always. EFE/Juanjo Martin

The ranking seems inevitable (especially due to the question of age), It is led by Kylian Mbappé. The PSG attacker, where he still has the Champions League as a pending issue, is the most expensive of all with 160 million. He was already world champion with the French team. Also, in Russia 2018 he was chosen as the best young player.

The one who ranks second will not be able to show his skills or his goals in Qatar. This is Erling Haaland (born in Leeds, England, but Norwegian where you look at it). The Scandinavian national team he represents he did not even appear in the playoffs. Its value: 150 million. He played for Borussia Dortmund and is now one of Manchester City’s top signings. He’s 21 years old. One of the great absentees.

The podium is completed by the Brazilian Vinicius (one of Carlo Ancelotti’s great bets for Real Madrid who won the League and the Champions League this last season). the far left It is listed at 100 million, it is one of the three that reaches that figure according to Transfermarkt measurement.

The fourth, Mohamed Salah, another universal star, will miss the World Cup. His country, in which he is treated like a superhero, was left out on penalties against Senegal. Consequently, Qatar will be deprived of seeing the idol of Liverpool, one of the best african footballers of all time. His quote: 90 million.

Also 90 million is the quote of the England striker, Harry Kane, one of the candidates to be a World Cup scorer according to the bookmakers. And also from the specialists. It will be seen.

Then they follow: the Serbian Dusan Vlahovic (85 million, from Juventus) and the Frenchman Christopher Nkunku (80 million, from Leipzig). And there are four valued at 75 million: Lautaro Martínez (the Argentine with the highest market value, from Inter)Brazilian Neymar (from PSG), Englishman Jadon Sancho (from Manchester United) and South Korean Heung-min Son (from Tottenham Hotspur)

While, Lionel Messi (34 years old, 50 million, from PSG) is ranked 31st among attackers; the Polish Lewandowski (33 years old, 45 million, from Bayern Munich), in 37; Frenchman Antoine Griezmann (31 years old, 35 million, from Atlético de Madrid) in 54 and Benzema (34 years old, 30 million, from Real Madrid and great candidate for the Ballon d’Or) in 71. The Frenchman shares that position with the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (37 years old, from Manchester United). Meanwhile, Eden Hazard -Silver Ball in Russia 2018- is valued at 12 million. At 31 years old, he is ranked 250th in his category.

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