Marcus Rashford beats Kylian Mbappe to be named the most valuable footballer in Europe

Marcus Rashford is the world’s most valuable player.

CIES Observatory published a list of the 100 most valuable players in world football and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford tops the pile.

Another milestone for Manchester’s latest icon.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe is most likely to surpass the current world record transfer fee, held by team-mate Neymar, but the Frenchman is fifth in the rankings. The fact there’s just 18 months left on his contract significantly hurts his valuation on the list.

Rashford meanwhile has three years remaining on his deal and is currently worth €165.6m with Erling Haaland, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bruno Fernandes rounding out the top five.

The Academy graduate from Wythenshawe has also been named the Guardian Footballer of the Year, an award that is given to a player who has done something remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty.

Lionel Messi (€54m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (€47m) have been ranked at 97th and 131st respectively given their age and shortening contracts.

Rashford is still only 23 and this bodes well for the future because he’s only getting better.

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