Despite the strange new circumstances, some players and teams have flourished in 2020, but which ones have seen their price tags increase the most due to their performances on the pitch?

The Football Players with the Greatest Increases in Value

Below are some of the players who have seen their stock rise the most since the start of the year, including some of the most exciting prospects in world football. Interestingly, it was actually defenders who have the greatest average increase (£14.2m) compared to £13.6m for forwards and £12.3m for midfielders.

1

Alphonso Davies

Bayern Munich

£72m

(£49.5m increase)

At just 19 years old, Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies is already one of the world’s most valuable players, with his estimated value rocketing from £22.5m to £72m since the start of the year. In that time, the left-back has picked up a Champions League winner’s medal and is tied as the most valuable teenage footballer in the world.

2

Ansu Fati

Barcelona

£72m

(£36m increase)

Despite only just turning 18, Ansu Fati has already established himself in Ronal Koeman’s Barcelona side and is one of the most exciting prospects in world football, with an estimated transfer value of £72m, an increase of £36m from the start of the year, at which point he had only made a handful of first-team appearances.

3

Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund

£72m

(£31.5m increase)

At the turn of the year, Erling Haaland was already making a name for himself at Red Bull Salzburg but has seen a meteoric rise since joining Borussia Dortmund in January, with a £31.5m increase to his estimated value. In the months since, he’s established himself as one of Europe’s top strikers and while rumors are already swirling that he could on the move once again, any potential new clubs would have to find significant funds to prize him away.

The Top 100 Players with the Greatest Increases in Value

Position Key: D - Defender F - Forward GK - Goalkeeper MF - Midfielder

Rank

Player

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Age

Value Jan 1,
2020 (£m)

Current
value (£m)

Difference
(%)

Difference
(£m)

The Top 100 Players with the Greatest Increases in Value

Position Key: D - Defender F - Forward GK - Goalkeeper MF - Midfielder

Rank

Player

Difference
(£m)

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Age

Value Jan 1,
2020 (£m)

Current
value (£m)

Difference
(%)

The Teams with the Greatest Increases in Value

Many of the teams which have seen their overall value increase the most are those which have recently been promoted to a new division, which usually leads to an influx of cash to bolster the squad. In contrast, many of the bigger teams have actually seen their values drop, either through selling some of their more valuable players, players getting older, or just not performing on the pitch.

1

Leeds United

Premier League

£163.19m

(£83.77m increase)

It’s estimated that promotion to the Premier League is worth around £170 million to teams, which is evident in the case of Leeds United, who have spent heavily on bolstering their squad since finally regaining promotion to the league in July. As well as big money additions such as Rodrigo (estimated value of £27m) and Diego Llorente (£18m), loyal servants such as Kalvin Phillips have also seen their values skyrocket under the leadership of Marcelo Bielsa.

2

Atalanta

Serie A

£335.66m

(£79.25m increase)

Atalanta’s rise from the bottom end of Serie A to the quarter-finals of the Champions League has been one of the stories of the last few years, assembling a squad on a limited budget, which is now worth an estimated £335m combined, up £79.25m since January. In particular, the likes of Mario Pasalic and Robin Gosens have seen their value increase the most, up by £9.9m and £8.1m, respectively.

3

Fulham

Premier League

£196.88m

(£75.15m increase)

Fulham famously spent over £100m last time they were promoted to the Premier League, an approach which backfired when they were relegated back to the Championship in the same season and while they haven’t quite splashed out to the same extent this time around, they’ve still seen their squad value increase by over £75m ahead of their return to the top flight, with additions such as Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek (estimated value of £21.6m) and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola (£11.7m).

Teams in Europe's Top Five Leagues (By Valuation Change)

Rank

Club

League

Value Jan 1,
2020 (£m)

Current
value (£m)

Difference
(%)

Difference
(£m)

Methodology

All estimated transfer values sourced from Transfermarkt.co.uk.

Figures for players show the 100 players with the greatest individual increase in market value since January 1st, 2020, across all leagues.

Figures for clubs show the change in combined squad value for each team in Europe’s top five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1) and again, show the change since January 1st, 2020.