Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling won the Golden Boy award in 2014, given to Europe’s top player under the age of 21.
As his ongoing transfer saga continues with the Reds, a new study has reaffirmed Sterling as one of the best young players in the world.
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The Soccerex 20 U21 Report values players under the age of 21 across Europe, considering the factors of age, position, club, contract length, market value perception, international caps, minutes played, goals, injuries and technical quality.
According to the report, Sterling is valued at nearly $55 million, over $11 million more than the second place finisher, Paris Saint-Germain center back Marquinhos.
The only other Premier League players to make the top ten are the Manchester United pair of Memphis Depay (#3, $37 million) and Luke Shaw (#9, $28 million). Overall, nine of the top 20 players on the list are in the Premier League, including Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma, Arsenal’s Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin, Liverpool’s Emre Can and Divock Origi, and Everton’s John Stones.
The study’s author Esteve Calzada said that the rules requiring English clubs to have a certain amount of homegrown players did factor into the valuations.
While a valuation of $55 million for Sterling, who is still 20-years-old, shows how impressive the youngster is, it doesn’t exactly bode well for Liverpool, who are looking for a figure closer to $80 million. The Reds have already rejected an offer of $63 million from Manchester City.Follow @KyleLynchFC