Manchester United and England striker, Marcus Rashford has been rated as the most valuable player in the world. According to CIES Football Observatory, the 23-year-old has the highest estimated transfer value of players across Europe’s big five leagues and is worth an eye-watering £149.8 million in today’s market despite the Coronavirus pandemic. The CIES survey takes into account recent player performances as well as their age, contract situation and career progression plus their club’s wealth and success. Paris Saint-Germain and France superstar, Kylian Mbappe slumped to fifth place on their list as he enters the last 18 months of his contract. He is valued at £135m now, below Rashford, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland (£137.3m), Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold (£137m), and United attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes (£135.1m). As for Lionel Messi, who is into his final six months at Barcelona, he’s ranked at 97th with an estimated value of (€54m). His arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, valued at €47m, took 131st spot. See Top 20 most valuable players in 2021 per CIES Football Observatory (amount in €)Marcus Rashford, Manchester United – 165.6mErling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund – 152.0mTrent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool – 151.6mBruno Fernandes, Manchester United – 151.1mKylian Mbappe, Paris saint-Germain – 149.4mJadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund – 148.3mJoao Felix, Atletico Madrid – 141.5mAlphonso Davies, Bayern Munich – 139.2mRaheem Sterling, Manchester City – 136.9mKai Havertz, Chelsea – 136.0mTimo Werner, Chelsea – 135.1mMohamed Salah, Liverpool – 134.0mRuben Dias, Manchester City – 126.8mSadio Mane, Liverpool – 123.8mBukayo Saka, Arsenal – 116.2mAchraf Hakimi, Inter Milan – 113.7mMason Mount, Chelsea – 109.3mAnsu Fati, Barcelona – 108.4mHarry Kane, Tottenham – 107.0mFrenkie De Jong, Barcelona – 105.7mThe post Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford rated the most valuable player in the world as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are ranked 97th and 131st respectively appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.