RAHEEM STERLING has been ranked third in a list of the world’s most valuable footballers — with fellow England star Jadon Sancho just behind Lionel Messi.
The list of 100 players, created by the CIES Football Observatory, is made using an algorithm which takes into account a wide-ranging list of variables.
These include age, contract, position, minutes, goals, status on the international stage and their team’s success.
But both were beaten by PSG’s 20-year-old superstar Kylian Mbappe whose leading role for both club and country over the past year saw him valued at £230m.
Mbappe played a crucial role in France lifting the World Cup trophy in Russia last summer.
Barcelona’s Messi, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, is fourth with a £153m price tag.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner turned 32 this summer which may go some way to explain why he is valued almost £80m below Mbappe.
Other notable names among the Football Observatory’s top 10 include Salah’s two attacking partners.
Sadio Mane comes in sixth, just behind £145m-rated Sancho, while Roberto Firmino is eighth on £131m.
The Premier League dominates the leading names with Tottenham’s Harry Kane seventh on £143m and City’s Leroy Sane sneaking into the top 10 at £125m.
Barcelona new boy Antoine Griezmann makes up the top 10 as his price tag of £131m sees him sit ninth in the list.
Raheem Sterling is the most valuable Englishman in world football[/caption]
Mo Salah is second in the list behind Kylian Mbappe[/caption]
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PSG’s wantaway man Neymar is a surprise omission, with the Brazilian ranked alongside Man United’s Paul Pogba in 16th.
Liverpool’s Ballon d’Or contender Virgil van Dijk is 22nd and valued at £102m, losing out to team-mate Trent Alexander Arnold (£119) as the most expensive defender.
Chelsea’s most valuable player comes is goalkeeper Kera Arrizabalaga who the Football Observatory value at £80m.
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