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Ten Most Expensive Center Backs


Top 10 Most Expensive Center Backs (CB) In Football 2022/23 Season

10 Most Expensive Center Backs in 2022

“Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles.” A famous quote from Sir Alex Ferguson. This Quote coming from arguably the greatest manager of all time himself shows the true value of how valuable a defense can be. Clubs can’t able to win titles if their back end constantly leaking goals. In order to improve that, they need quality Centre Backs in the lineup. In this season, Center-backs often called CB showed their worth. Let’s take a look at the 10 Most Expensive Center Backs in the world right now.

Most Expensive Center Backs

The CIES Football Observatory presents the top 10 estimated Most Expensive Center Backs worldwide. According to them, The Portuguese defender Rúben Dias has the greatest estimated transfer value for a center back.

5). Dayot Upamecano – €77.7M

Dayot Upamecano is a French footballer who is currently a part of the Bayern Munich Squad. He played as a Centre back last season with Bayern Munich. After the departure of Jerome Boateng, Bayern finding hard to fill the void.

However, they find the defense solution in the form of Dayot Upamecano. In his first season with Bayern Munich, he impressed everyone with his performance. He played 28 games with a total of 3014 minutes of play time. At the current market, he is valued at €77.7M.

4). Ronald Araújo – €89.1M

Ronald Araújo stood tall in the weak defense line of Barcelona last season (2021-22). He gave one after another an astonishing performance for Barcelona. Araújo performs so well that, Barcelona in a matter of fact finds it hard to sign a contract extension with him.

Barca is planning to make Araújo a leader of the defense in the coming years. He signed the deal and get himself a salary of €6 Million per year with performance bonuses. To know how valuable he was for Barcelona in defense, he played 42 matches last season with 3150 minutes of game time. At the current market, he is valued at €89.1M

3). Éder Militão – €90.3M

Future of Real Madrid and Brazil, Eder Militao had a wonderful last season with the club. He not only won La Liga but was also crowned Champions League winner with Real Madrid. He started 50 matches for real Madrid and lead the defense from the upfront. After the demise of Sergio Ramos in the defense, he stood up to the challenge. he played 50 games with a game time of 4496 minutes. At the current market, he is valued at €90.3M

2). Joško Gvardiol – €99.8M

Joško Gvardiol is Croatian born CentreBack. He is currently playing as a CB for Bundesliga Club RB Leipzig. Gvardiol made his Bundesliga debut on 20 August 2021 in a 4–0 victory over VfB Stuttgart, playing the entire match. He quickly established himself in Leipzig’s starting XI and attracted attention with his good plays.

He became the key to success for RB Leipzig in securing the German Cup. Joško Gvardiol play 46 matches for the club. He manages to get himself 3511 playing minutes in his first season with the club. At the current market, he is valued at €99.8M.

1). Rúben Dias – €110M

The Portuguese defender Rúben Dias has the greatest estimated transfer value for a center back, €110M. Although a defeat in the semifinal against Real Madrid after conceding three goals in 7 minutes will make you dought over the price tag. However, in his whole campaign last season, he remains truly phenomenal. With his addition to the squad in the January transfer window of 2021, Pep won the league out of nowhere.

With him in the squad as the main leader, Pep Guardiola retained the premier league title. Indeed he remains inured during the league rounds, However, his overall performance and impact on the club can’t be neglected. In season 21-22, Rúben Dias played total 40 games. In those 40 games, he got himself play time of 3290 minutes.

10 Most Expensive Center Backs

RankPlayersMarket ValueClubAge
1Rúben Dias €110MManchester City25
2Joško Gvardiol€99.8RB Leipzig20
3Éder Militão €90.3Real Madrid24
4Ronald Araújo€89.1FC Barcelona23
5Dayot Upamecano€77.7Bayern München23
6Jules Koundé€76.5Sevilla FC23
7Aymeric Laporte€71.6Manchester City28
8Cristian Romero€68.3Tottenham Hotspur24
9Matthijs de Ligt€63.2Juventus22
10Marquinhos Aoás€61.9Paris St-Germain28
Figures via CIES Football

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