Atlas Lion Hakim Ziyech, considered to be one of the best players in the world, has an estimated market value of € 69.5 million.
Rabat – Accounting firm KPMG published rankings of football players around the world according to their market value. In the Top 50 rankings, Moroccan international player Hakim Ziyech earned the 48th spot, with a value of € 69.5 million.
KPMG published the rankings on December 11. The ranking is based on market studies to estimate the values of professional football players across the globe.
Another Moroccan player figured on the rankings, this time in the Top 250. Achraf Hakimi, who plays for German club Borussia Dortmund, is the 225th most expensive player in the world, with an estimated value of € 35 million.
The high estimated values of Ziyech, and Hakimi to a lesser extent, are well deserved. Both players are on the shortlist of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards 2019 and have been giving consistent performances on the international football scene this season.
Many football experts consider Ziyech, currently playing for Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam, as one of the best players in the world, with his accurate passes and his deep vision on the field.
Many big European clubs have been soliciting the 26-year-old’s services in recent months, including Germany’s Bayern Munchen, England’s Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs, and Spain’s Real Madrid and Sevilla.
Hakimi is also considered one of the most promising players in the world. At only 21 years old, the Moroccan prodigy is giving spectacular performances with his German club, leading him to qualify out of a difficult group in the European Champions League.
Real Madrid, Hakimi’s childhood team, is trying hard to bring back the Moroccan player to the Spanish capital. The list of teams hoping to sign Hakim include England’s Chelsea as well as other big names in Europe.
Other African names that appeared on KPMG’s ranking are Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, with an estimated value of € 150 million, and Senegal’s Sadio Mane, at € 130 million.
The Top 10 of the ranking is as follows:
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Liverpool striker Sadio Mané is a new joiner to this elite, and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba dropped out of the top 10 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/pd25pNarKM
— KPMG Football Benchmark (@Football_BM) December 11, 2019