Liverpool’s Luis Diaz reaches the top 10 most valuable players rated by CIES

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Research group the CIES Football Observatory delivers reports on the beautiful game. Part of their latest sports news sees Liverpool’s Luis Diaz rated as one of the top 10 most valuable players in the world.

After impressing at Anfield since his January move to Premier League club, Diaz’s value has gone through the roof. That leaves just the question of how much higher his estimated value could go?

Colombian Luis Diaz makes an immediate impact at Anfield

Liverpool signed Luis Diaz in late January 2022, securing the winger’s services from Portuguese club FC Porto. The Colombian international arrived in the Premier League as a bit of an unknown quantity. He quickly changed that status.

He joined FC Porto in 2019, but it really wasn’t until the 2021/22 season that he started to play himself into big form. The goals started flowing for Diaz at the start of that campaign, and that saw his big breakthrough happen.

Diaz started picking up monthly awards in the Portuguese top flight. Just as FC Porto were starting to see the dividends of their investment and development repaid, they couldn’t hold on to him.

Luis Diaz left FC Porto having made 77 appearances, during which he tallied up 26 goals for them in all competitions. Diaz’s previous clubs during his professional career were Barranquilla and Atletico Junior in his home country of Colombia.

A bargain deal for Liverpool?

In departing FC Porto halfway through the 2021/22 season to go and ply his trade at Liverpool, the Premier League club immediately looked as if they had got themselves a big bargain in Diaz. Especially as it was a January transfer window purchase, a time when fees are usually inflated.

The initial fee that Liverpool paid was around £37.5 million not including any performance-related adds on in the contract for the player.

Liverpool, who had already shown interest in the player, had to react with a permanent move offer. Fellow Premier League side Tottenham had also been interested in the left-winger. Liverpool won the race, handing Diaz a five-year contract.

Despite only having had half of a season under his belt, the high-quality performances that Diaz has delivered for the Merseyside club has sent his overall value sky-high.

It wasn’t a bad first foray into the English top-flight by Diaz, who won the EFL Cup and FA Cup with his new club. The Colombian was named the Man of the Match in the FA Cup Final as Liverpool beat Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out.

Luis Diaz now one of the world’s Top 10 Most Valuable players

According to CIES, Luis Diaz is now one of the top ten players in the world in terms of value in the transfer market. He is rated at 110€M by CIES, putting the 25-year-old eighth on their current list. The Reds are not going to have any interest in selling him anytime soon of course. But the inflation in the transfer market price for Diaz further confirms the bargain deal that Liverpool got.

Will Diaz’s value rise further?

In his first season with Liverpool, Luis Diaz played 26 times for Liverpool, scoring six goals in all competitions. Diaz now has a huge opportunity in front of him to take his career even further, with Sadio Mane having left Anfield recently for Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.

More goalscoring responsibility is likely to fall on his shoulders in the forthcoming campaign. But for a player that contributed 0.59 goals or assists per 90 minutes in his playing time with Liverpool last season, there appears to be plenty of scope for those figures to go up.

His output was remarkably strong for a player that had just moved to one of the top leagues in the world. In having to settle down at a new foreign club, Diaz adapted tremendously well.

No 2022 World Cup for Luis Diaz

One disappointment for Diaz is that there will be no place for him at the 2022 World Cup with Colombia. His home country failed to get through their qualification campaign successfully. Los Cafeteros did appear at one stage to be well on track.

However, they finished sixth of ten in the CONMEBOL qualifiers, one point and one point out of fifth place. A fifth-place finish would have sent them to an inter-confederation playoff. Colombia finished three points outside the automatic qualification spots.

Luis Diaz did score in three of Colombia’s World Cup qualification matches, and he was on the winning side on each of those occasions.

Diaz contributed well for his country at the 2021 Copa America. During the tournament, he scored a spectacular bicycle kick in a defeat against Brazil. Colombia’s campaign at Copa America 2021 was ended at the semi-final stage in a penalty shoot-out against eventual-Champions Argentina.

Value  (€ Million)PlayerclubAgeNational Team
205€MKylian MbappePSG23France
185€MVinicius JuniorReal Madrid21Brazil
152€MErling HaalandMan City21Norway
135€MPedri GonzalezBarcelona19Spain
133€MJude BellinghamBorussia Dortmund18England
124€MPhil FodenMan City22England
112€MFrenkie de JongBarcelona25Netherlands
110€MLuis DiazLiverpool25Colombia
109€MRuben DiasMan City25Portugal
109€MFerran TorresBarcelona22Spain

A look at the rest of the Top 10 most valuable players in the world alongside Luis Diaz

With the CIES rating Diaz as one of the top ten most valuable players in the world, based on estimated transfer values, let’s take a look at the rest of the top ten in further detail.

The valuations are on the current estimated transfer value of players, not what fee they commanded when they last signed for a team.

Kylian Mbappe – PSG 205€M

A World Cup winner with France, Kylian Mbappe is the most valuable player in the world at the moment. The 23-year-old is rated with a 205.6€M estimated transfer fee by CIES. Mbappe has committed himself to his current club PSG by re-signing with them until the summer of 2025.

That was a big 180 by the player who looked certain to be heading to La Liga giants Real Madrid this summer. The money that the French Ligue 1 club has been thrown at Mbappe is out of this world. Mbappe’s contract at PSG is paying him a reported £4 million a month. He also took a £100 million bonus to sign the new contract.

Vinicius Junior – Real Madrid, 185€M

Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior has seen his stock rise and he is contracted at Real Madrid until the summer of 2024. The 21-year-old had a breakout season for Real Madrid in the 2021/22 campaign. Vinicius Junior solidified his place in the starting line up and collected a UEFA Champions League and La Liga winner’s medal along the way. Vinicius Junior was the second-highest goalscorer last season for Real Madrid, behind only Karim Benzema.

Erling Haaland – Manchester City – 152€M

A new arrival to the Premier League for the 2022/23 season is Norway’s superstar Erling Haaland. The Citizens triggered the £51.2m released clause that the player had in his contract at Borussia Dortmund to land the prolific striker. Haaland, regarded as one of the best players in the world, was snapped up fairly cheaply by City in terms of transfer fees. The additional bonus add-ons to the contract make him a lot more expensive, however.

Pedri Gonzalez – Barcelona 135€M

A surprising name high on the list is Barcelona youngster Pedri, who only made 12 league appearances for the Catalans last season. The 19-year-old could have a massive future ahead of him and the versatile midfielder, who is signed with Barca until 2026, is highly regarded as being one of the best young talents on the continent.

Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund 133€M

England’s Jude Bellingham has two seasons of Bundesliga fixtures under his belt, despite only being 18 years old. He moved from English Championship side Birmingham in 2020 to the German club. Since then, the midfielder’s rating and value has gone on a steep upward curve. Bellingham has been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premier League and is likely to be a part of England’s 2022 World Cup campaign.

Phil Foden – Manchester City 124€M

The 22-year-old seems to have been around forever, but he’s still a youngster but is regarded as one of the best English talents around. Patiently working his way through the ranks at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola appears to have done Foden wonders. He’s now one of the top six most valuable players in the world.

Frenkie de Jong – Barcelona 112€M

One of three Barcelona players in the top ten of the CIES valuation list is Netherlands International Frenkie de Jong. He signed for Barcelona during his breakthrough 2018/19 season. He cost Barcelona €75 after choosing the Spanish giants head of interest from PSG and Manchester City. Transfer sports news for the summer of 2022 sees the midfield linked with a move to Manchester United.

Luis Diaz – 1110€M

For reference, Liverpool’s Luis Diaz is ranked eighth on the list by the assessment of the CIES. He is only one of two South American players to make it into the top ten, but one of four English Premier League players.

Rubian Dias – Manchester City 109€M

Another Premier League player in the top 10 is Manchester City’s, Ruben Dias. The Portugal international is the only defender in the top ten. He has been instrumental in solidifying the back line at Manchester City, and this rating technically, but arguably, makes him the best defender in the world.

Ferran Torres – Barcelona 109€M

In the tenth spot in the CIES valuations is former Manchester City forward Ferran Torres, who is now with Barcelona. Torres is a tremendously exciting forward talent with attacking ability. The Spain international moved to Barcelona in January 2022 for an initial €55 after his time at City was largely limited due to injury.