Japan national soccer team’s ace Kaoru Mitoma (26, Brighton & Hove Albion FC) ranked 12th in the world’s left-wing forward (LFW) valuation. In Japan, it made headlines, saying, “Mitoma showed an overwhelming presence in the market valuation.” Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham), who is also playing on the left wing of the English Premier League (EPL), was also tied for 12th place in this valuation.
Japanese soccer media Football Zone reported on the 11th, “Kaoru Mitoma has confidently risen to 12th place in the world’s most valuable ranking as a left winger,” and “Mitoma’s overwhelming presence is attracting attention.”
Transfermarkt, a German transfer market media outlet, updated and released the estimated market value of players playing in the EPL on the 9th (local time). According to data released by Transfermarkt, Mitoma was evaluated at 32 million euros (about KRW 45.4 billion) in the previous evaluation (June), but this time it jumped to 50 million euros (about KRW 71 billion). Mitoma ranked 12th in the world’s left wing forward position rankings.
Mitoma started his professional career by joining Kawasaki Frontale (Japan) of the Japanese J-League in 2020. He played as a striker for the Japanese national team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He made a surprise move to Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2021, but immediately went on loan to Royal Winion Saint-Gilles Loise (Belgium). Afterwards, he returned to his original team last summer and experienced the EPL stage for the first time, playing in 33 league games and scoring 7 goals and 6 assists.
Football Zone said, “Mitoma left an impact beyond the numbers shown in the records, such as dribbling from the left side and creating many opportunities. As a result, he contributed to the team’s first qualification for the UEFA Europa League this season.” “Edo Mitoma is showing even better performance than last season, scoring 3 goals and 3 assists in 8 league games,” he said. “As his performance has been recognized, his market value has also increased, and he is ranked 12th in the world as a left winger.” “He praised. He added, “On social networking services (SNS), he is receiving praise such as ‘really awesome,’ ‘super world class,’ and ‘brilliant player.'”스포츠토토
Meanwhile, first place was Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), valued at 150 million euros (approximately 213 billion won), and second place was Phil Foden (Manchester City), valued at 110 million euros (157 billion won). Third place was Rafael Leao (AC Milan) with 90 million euros (approximately KRW 127 billion), fourth place was Hvicha Kvarachelia (SSC Napoli) with 85 million euros (approximately KRW 121 billion), and fifth place was 80 million euros. It was Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) worth (112 billion won).
Luis Diaz (Liverpool), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), and Jack Grealish (Manchester City) were each priced at 75 million euros (106 billion won), while Kim Min-jae’s teammate Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich) was valued at 65 million euros. It was followed by euros (KRW 92 billion).
Neymar (Al Hilal), who moved to the Middle East, was worth 60 million euros (84 billion won), Cody Gakpo (Liverpool) was worth 55 million euros (77 billion won), Son Heung-min, Mitoma, Joao Felix (FC Barcelona), and Diogo. Jota (Liverpool) and Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) tied for 12th place with 50 million euros (70 billion won).