Luis Diaz is the world’s 8th most valuable player, according to one study. Liverpool boast two more in the top 30.
CIES Football Observatory released their list of the world’s most valuable players this week. The study looks at the overall value of a player by using their reputation, the club they play for, their age and the length of their contract.
Understandably, Kylian Mbappé tops the list. His new contract with Paris Saint-Germain sees to that and he’s the only player worth more than €200m.
The next two are Vinicius Jr. and Erling Haaland – again, young players at rich clubs. Pedri and Jude Bellingham then round out the top five, with Phil Foden and Frenkie de Jong 6th and 7th respectively.
And then comes the first Liverpool player – Luis Diaz. CIES have his value at around €110m and he’s by far the most valuable Reds on this list. He sits just ahead of Ruben Dias and Ferran Torres, who make up the rest of the top 10.
As for other Liverpool stars, there are two more in the top 30. Trent Alexander-Arnold sits at 25th and Diogo Jota at 27th. Alisson Becker is the next Red in 50th place and that’s really the last of the relevant players.
Luis Diaz is the world’s 8th most valuable player
Given Liverpool boast one of the world’s best squads, three players in the top 30 and four in the top 50 isn’t exactly a lot. But it’s a sign of the current state of that squad.
The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino are all over 30. That reduces their overall value, as does the fact that Salah, Mané and Firmino all have just one more year on their contracts.
Diaz might not have the same reputation as the others but his immediate worth to Liverpool, combined with a long-term contract and being only 25, raises his value above all. Honestly, our only complaints would be that Alexander-Arnold should be higher and that Andy Robertson should be somewhere in the mix.
But Diaz isn’t a shock and Liverpool may well consider him to be their most valuable asset right now. Jurgen Klopp labelled him ‘outstanding’ recently and the Colombian certainly does things to an incredible level.
It’s very possible that Diaz’s value actually climbs over the next year. His rapid start suggests that might be the case.