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The most ‘valuable’ forwards in Europe, according to Football Index

By Chris Smith

Most valuable forwards in Europe right now

Published: 15:23, 23 January 2020

There is no position in football which takes a bigger share of the limelight than that of the forward.

Providing the spearhead to their team’s attack, these players can come in all shapes and sizes. Some are short and tricky, others big and bulky. Regardless, they’re all the to fulfil the sole purpose of scoring goals for their team.

In very few places is this glamour and glory better reflected than on the Football Index* exchange, where the goalscorers and elite forwards make up much of the top 200 players in terms of individual share value.

So, who are the most valuable forwards on football’s stock market right now? Read on to find out.

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5. Harry Kane

Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur

Age: 26

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Football Index value: Buy: £5.44 Sell: £5.06

Whether it’s injury potential harming his Euro 2020 chances or transfer links to Barcelona, it’s all happening for Harry Kane right now. Unfortunately, what isn’t happening is getting to see him on the pitch, with the striker now sidelined with a ruptured tendon. That said, Kane had already notched an impressive tally of 17 goals in 25 league and Champions League appearances before falling foul with his shares available to buy at a handsome price of £5.44 each.

Harry Kane's Football Index stats

4. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the match FC Barcelona v Real Valladolid, of LaLiga, 2019/2020 season, date 11. Camp Nou Stadium. Barcelona, Spain, 29 Oct 2019. (Photo by pressinphoto/Sipa USA)

Age: 32

Club: Barcelona

Football Index value: Buy: £5.45 Sell: £4.86

Is there any stopping Lionel Messi? At 32, you’d expect even the most elite footballers to slow down a little, but the current Ballon d’Or holder has 20 goals in 26 games across all competitions for Barcelona, leading their charge to the top of the La Liga table. You could argue the only reason Messi ranks as low as fourth on this list is down to the fact he really is unlikely to move clubs any time soon, making it hard for him to generate transfer buzz. That said, an individual share price of £5.45 is no lean sum.

Lionel Messi's Football Index stats

3. Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

Age: 25

Club: Manchester City

Football Index value: Buy: £6.41 Sell: £5.96

Before Sergio Aguero’s recent wash of goals, Raheem Sterling was Manchester City’s top scorer and the England international still sits second in their Premier League listing with 11 strikes. It’s, therefore, no surprise to see his share price coming in at £6.41 a go — the third-highest price of any forward on the Football Index stock exchange. That price has actually undergone something of a dip in recent weeks, thanks in part to Sterling having to settle for some time on the bench due to fatigue and the form of Riyad Mahrez.

Raheem Sterling Football Index value

2. Kylian Mbappe

Age: 21

Club: Paris Saint-Germain

Football Index value: Buy: £6.85 Sell: £6.51

Heavily linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool (among others) recently, French wonderkid Kylian Mbappe deservedly comes in as the second-most valuable forward on Football Index with an individual share price of £6.85. The former Monaco man has 13 goals in Ligue 1 alone this season, adding a further five in five Champions League group stage appearances. The sky really is the limit for Mbappe, both on the pitch and in terms of his Football Index value.

Kylian Mbappe Football Index stats

1. Neymar

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Age: 27

Club: Paris Saint-Germain

Football Index value: Buy: £8.25 Sell: £8.00

Coming in at the top as Football Index’s most valuable forward, like him or loathe him, it’s Neymar. On the pitch, the Brazil international has battled through various injury issues to be directly involved in a quite ridiculous 16 goals in his last eight PSG games, scoring nine and assisting seven. Off the pitch, Neymar is set to get his own Netflix documentary. He’s scoring goals, media points, brownie points and just about every other kind of point you could possibly think of. Is it any surprise that at £8.25 per share, he’s not only the most expensive forward on Football Index, but the most expensive player on the market, full stop?

Neymar Football Index stats

Honourable mentions

Coming in in 10th is Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah with a buy price of £4.15, three places ahead of Eden Hazard (£3.94). Fellow Kopite Sadio Mane lands in 20th place with a buy price of £3.15, while five-time Ballon d’Or-winner Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t even make the top 20, sitting 22nd with an individual share value of £3.02.