The influx of more money into the game of football has brought about huge changes in how players are valued when it comes to buying and selling in the transfer market.
While for most football fans, LaLiga seems to have passed its prime in the terms of the superstars the league paraded week in, week out, with a lot of them all gone abroad to the Premier League and Ligue 1.
As such with some of the big stars all gone, the league is now left with young talented players that are taking the league by storm and gradually gearing up for yet another golden age of brilliant players.
LaLiga Santander’s Top 5 Most Valuable Players
So let’s find out on Sportyleagues who are the most valuable players in LaLiga Santander.
Vinicius Jnr – (Real Madrid/Brazil, €100m)
Vinicius Jnr’s leap in productivity, consistency, and performance-wise has been staggering, to say the least, compared to his previous season.
The Brazilian forward has developed his game to another level with his dribble, decision making, and keeping a cool head in front of the goal which wasn’t evident in his game before now.
Under Real Madrid’s Italian gaffer Carlo Ancelotti, Vinicius has truly made Los Blancos’ left flank his own with his electrifying pace which has made him one of the most dangerous and progressive dribblers in Europe’s top-flight leagues.
His magnificent partnership with Benzema is doubt the best in Europe right now, with a lot of goals and assists in between them, and that further cemented his inclusion in the list as the most valuable players in LaLiga Santander.
Pedri Gonzalez – (Barcelona/Spain, €80m)
Barcelona youngster Pedri’s stock has risen exponentially over the summer due to how brilliant he’s been able to carry the Blaugrana on his shoulder when the sheep are down.
The 19-year-old had a wonderful 2020-21 campaign with Barcelona, that got many talking about how important he will be for the club should he keep up with consistency.
Pedri was so good that he was included in Spain’s Euro 2020 squad and never disappointed both the coach and his fans, who want to see him mature into a great player at Barcelona.
Frankie De Jong – (Barcelona/Netherlands, €70m)
The Blaugrana broke the bank in 2019 to sign De Jong from Ajax for an initial fee worth €75m, but right now due to the poor performance of the team’s generally, the Dutchman market value has dropped to €70m.
De Jong has been one of Barcelona’s top players in the middle of the pack with the support of Sergio Basquet, and expectedly he had a standout campaign in 2020-21.
His eyes for defense-splitting passes make him a cut above the rest in the current Barcelona team, but with current reports linking him to Manchester City, we might get to see him play in England in the future.
Mikel Oyarzabal – (Real Sociedad/Spain, €70m)
In 4th position is Gipuzkoa born Oyarzabal who joined the Real Sociedad’s academy in 2011 before going on to make his debut in 2015.
The Basque forward has taken a great leap from a promising youngster to a bonafide top player for Sociedad both in the league and Europe.
Oyarzabal plays on the left-wing for Real Sociedad but often moves infield, which allows others to come into the game with his dangerous runs and ability to score goals.
Federico Valverde – (Real Madrid/Uruguay, €65m)
Valverde is arguably one of the most versatile and hardworking players in LaLiga Santander, under Madrid’s former boss Zinedine Zidane and with the current manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The Uruguayan can play a number of roles in midfield either as a central, defensive, or offensive midfielder. He can also play as a right-back when deployed to that position if the rightful owner of the position isn’t available.
He may not be a regular starter in the Madrid team with Kroos, Modric, and Casemiro ahead of him, but when call upon to play he always gives his all attacking and defensive-wise.