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Report names Trent Alexander-Arnold as world's 3rd most valuable player

A new report has Trent Alexander-Arnold down as the world’s third most valuable footballer. The Liverpool star is worth an absolute fortune.

This comes from CIES Football Observatory and their bi-annual estimation of footballers’ values. They use their own algorithm to gauge what each player in Europe’s top-five leagues is worth.

This takes into account a player’s age, their efforts on the pitch, as well as their contractual situation.

The latter is clearly quite key. Kylian Mbappe plummets to fifth, for instance, despite topping the list last time out. Why? Because he only has 18 months left on his deal.

And all things considered, CIES have Trent Alexander-Arnold down as the 3rd most valuable footballer on the planet. They estimate his value at £151.6m – which likely isn’t too far off.

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So who are more valuable? Marcus Rashford tops the list at £165.6m. Yeah, we didn’t predict that, either.

Erling Haaland is second with £152m, beating Alexander-Arnold by just £400k.

Liverpool actually have the most players in the top 15 with three. Both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah make the cut.

Mane is 14th at £123.8m, while Salah just beats him out for 12th place with £134m.

Interestingly, they’re the only two players born before 1993 to appear on the list until place 32 – and that’s Roberto Firmino (£87.4m). In fact, only five players in that age group crack the top 50.

Salah, Mane, Firmino, Antoine Griezmann (£83.4m) and Virgil van Dijk (£83m). This certainly says something about Liverpool’s squad – not sure if it’s good or bad, though.

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We’re not sure we’d have Rashford down as the world’s most valuable player but we understand the thinking. He’s at a huge club, has a long contract, and has youth on his side.

It’s hard to argue with Liverpool’s rankings. And just to round it out, we’ll name the two other Liverpool players in the top 50.

Andy Robertson (£93.5m) and Diogo Jota (£82.1m).

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