Bellingham most expensive footballer in the world

By Hong Duy   May 31, 2024 | 05:02 pm PT
Bellingham most expensive footballer in the world
Jude Bellingham celebrates a goal for Real Madrid. Photo by Real Madrid
According to international sports research center CIES, after a successful season with Real Madrid, English midfielder Jude Bellingham is currently the most expensive player with a transfer value of over US$300 million.

Bellingham signed to Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund in summer 2023 for a transfer fee of $144 million, but his value has doubled after one season. In the previous update in January 2024, Bellingham was valued at about $293 million by CIES, which made him the most valuable player in the world.

This season, Bellingham had 23 goals and 12 assists in 41 matches across all competitions, helping Madrid win La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup. The English midfielder is aiming for his third title when Madrid will play his former club Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on June 1.

In La Liga, Bellingham scored 19 goals and assisted six in 28 games. Thanks to that, the 20-year-old midfielder surpassed his teammate Vinicius Junior, along with Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Artem Dovbyk (Girona) and Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona) to win La Liga’s Player of the Year for the 2023-2024 season.

"I want to dedicate this award to my teammates, coaching staff and most importantly the fans of the greatest club in the world. Playing for Real Madrid is a great honor. Hala Madrid!" Bellingham said as he received the award.

CIES was established in 1995 as an international sports research center. They have built a statistical system to accurately determine the transfer value of players, based on many factors, including ability, remaining contract and age.

The second most expensive player in the world, according to CIES, is Erling Haaland of Manchester City at $276 million. The Norwegian striker is Premier League's top scorer with 27 goals this season, helping Man City set a record of winning four consecutive league titles.

Followed Haaland is Madrid’s Brazilian duo, Vinicius at $260 million and Rodrygo at $239 million. Phil Foden, who has just won Premier League Player of the Season, is the fifth most expensive in the world at $220 million.

The remaining players in the top 10 are Bukayo Saka ($211 million), Julian Alvarez ($182 million), Lamine Yamal ($152 million), Martin Odegaard ($146 million) and Florian Wirtz ($144 million).

The most valuable player not playing in Europe is 17-year-old striker Endrick of Palmeiras at $99.5 million. Endrick was once the most expensive 16-year-old player of all time, when he was signed by Madrid for a transfer fee of $76 million. He will only play for Madrid from the 2024-2025 season, when he turns 18.

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