Times are changing and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are no longer the most expensive players on the transfer market. It’s not due to talent but rather with age. The transfer market is a young man's game, and these players are unquestionably the best at their positions.
According to Transfermarkt the following XI are the most expensive players at their positions based on age and market value. There are some glaring omissions such as Erling Haaland, Thiago Alcantara, and Bruno Fernandes.
The total value of this starting XI is €1.01 billion! Many of these players will eventually be sold to other clubs in the future and for a lot higher than their market value indicates. Here is the most expensive XI in World Soccer!
Jan Oblak - Goalkeeper - €70 million
Journeyman and now Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has been with the Spanish side since 2014 and has played in over 200 matches. Oblak was the La Liga Player of the Season in 2020/21, having won the La Liga title and kept 18 clean sheets in 38 matches, with an 80% save rate for the season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold - Right Back - €75 million
Fast paced and capable 22-year-old right back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a rock for Liverpool and now England. Alexander-Arnold at his young age has played over 100 games for Liverpool, winning 4 titles.
Matthijs de Ligt - Defender - €75 million
Matthijs de Ligt is only 22 but already is a veteran of the game, having played for Ajax and now at Juventus. de Ligt has won 5 titles in his career and is the subject of various transfer rumors.
Marquinhos - Defender - €75 million
PSG’s rock in defense, Brazilian Marquinhos has been with the club since 2013 and has over 200 appearances for the French Super Club. A leader and the balance of his club's capable attack, Marquinhos is as slick as they come.
Alphonso Davies - Left Back - €70 million
When Alphonso Davies was moved to left back upon his arrival at Bayern Munich it raised many eyebrows, but the people at Bayern knew what they were doing. Davies has transformed into the best left back in the world. Speed, power, crossing, dribbling, the Canadian player is the best export from Concacaf at the moment.
Joshua Kimmich - Midfielder - €90 million
Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich is the balance of defense in an offensive midfield, known as a Swiss army knife for his versatility, Kimmich can win the ball in the middle like no other in the world. Kimmich has already won 17 titles since joining Bayern.
Frenkie de Jong - Midfielder - €90 million
Frenkie de Jong can do it all, he can play defense, go at it in attack, and he loves to have the ball at his feet. A workhorse for both Barcelona and the Netherlands, de Jong will be one of the pillars Barcelona will rely on in a world post Messi.
Kevin De Bruyne - Midfielder - €100 million
One of the world's best midfielders, Kevin De Bruyne is elegant, has perfect vision, and can finish. The Belgium and Manchester City player is a leader for both club and country and is one of the most expensive players on the market.
Jadon Sancho - Attacker - €100 million
Jadon Sancho has recently made a huge money move to Manchester United, a lot will be expected from the 21-year-old English international. Sancho came on to the scene at Borussia Dortmund and is known for his speed, creativity and taking on opponents 1 v 1.
Neymar - Attacker - €100 million
€100 million for Neymar does not sound right. Neymar has been nothing short of brilliant in his career, he may be eclipsed by other names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, or Erling Haaland, but make no mistake Neymar is one of the best in the world. Neymar has won championships and scored some spectacular goals for every team he has played for and Brazil as well.
Kylian Mbappé - Striker - €160 million
Kylian Mbappé is simply electric, one the world’s most exciting young players the 22-year-old French World Cup winner is an excellent dribbler, finisher, has great speed, and tears up opponents 1 v 1. Along with Erling Haaland, they are the two biggest soccer talents in a post Messi and Ronaldo world.