The 10 most valuable players in the A-League Men

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Given all the talk about a domestic transfer system, we thought it would be fun to look at the A-League Men players that have the highest transfer valuation.

From Daniel Sturridge to Craig Goodwin, there are definitely some surprises thrown in.

Give it a read and let us know which players are valued too highly, or perhaps which players should have been included higher on the list…

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1 – Daniel Sturridge (AU $3.1 million)

This is no surprise that the top spot on this list belongs to the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City superstar. The two-time Champions League winner arrived in the A-League Men after a rough couple of seasons since leaving Liverpool in August 2019.

Once the Englishman gets a few more games under his belt, be prepared for this valuation to possibly skyrocket and land Perth a hefty transfer fee.

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2 – Jamie Maclaren ($2.3 million)

After winning the past two A-league Men golden boots, J-Mac lands as the most valuable Australian playing in the competition. Coming through the ranks of Blackburn’s academy, the striker had spells in Germany and Scotland, but has seen unrivalled success since returning to Australia.

He recently signed a contract extension with Melbourne City until the end of the 2023/24 season and has stated his enjoyment at being able to play in front of family and friends at AAMI Park. Regardless, there is never a shortage of international suitors for the experienced goal machine and City would net a handsome profit if he was to move on.

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3 – Roderick Miranda ($2.3 million)  

Melbourne Victory’s new import centre-back has some serious pedigree. Coming through the Benfica academy system, Miranda led Wolves’ promotion charge to the English Premier League, with stints in La Liga and Olympiacos to follow.

He has slotted in seamlessly with the Navy Blue, even netting the winner in the opening round against Western United. Although early on, he looks every bit worth being the third most valuable player in the league.

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4 – Craig Goodwin ($1.9 million)

Being plucked from obscurity almost 10 years ago by Melbourne Heart, Goodwin has blossomed into one of the league’s brightest talents. Overseas stints in Netherlands and Saudi Arabia haven’t quite gone to plan for the winger, who has also failed to hold down a regular spot in the Socceroos squad.

Whilst no one can doubt his talent, it is surprising to see him rank so high upon this list. He is good for a goal involvement in every third game (53 goals/assists in 151 games) which perhaps is reflected in the seven-figure valuation.

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5 – Mathew Leckie ($1.5 million)

The Socceroos winger has had a career that some can only dream of. After spending the past decade in Germany, the winger has returned home to play for Melbourne City. He struggled through the first few weeks, but has picked up recently with two assists away against Adelaide United.

Given his exploits internationally and overseas, it was a surprise to see him return to the ALM at this stage of his career. Regardless, his resume speaks for itself and it’s no shock to see him feature so high on the list.

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6 – Rhyan Grant ($1.5 million)

It feels like Grant has been at Sydney FC forever. Since signing with his hometown club in 2009, the defender has played 241 times for the Sky Blues. The 30-year-old has also become a regular for the Socceroos and will be key over the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

There has been rumoured international interest in Grant over the past few seasons, and should Sydney sell him they will be rewarded with a hefty transfer fee. He has been consistently good over the past five domestic seasons, so don’t be surprised if this valuation grows before it declines.

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7 – Gael Sandoval ($1.5 million)

Wellington’s new signing has only played one game but already looks to be a great addition to the competition. Phoenix fans will be hoping his debut goal against Western United is a sign of what’s to come.

This is the Mexican’s first stint outside of his homeland and given he’s only 26, it’s reasonable to assume that a good end to the season will increase his value ahead of what might be a prolonged period outside of Mexico’s first division.

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8 – Manuel Pucciarelli ($1.5 million)

Melbourne City’s Italian import has yet to find his feet within Australia. He Is yet to feature in the ALM, despite an impressive career which has spanned across Serie A and Serie B in Italy.

Given City’s squad depth it’s hard to see where the Italian fits in amongst a formidable front three of Leckie, Maclaren and Andre Nabbout. Thus, if restricted game time continues as it has, we can expect to see this valuation fall throughout the season.

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9 – Tom Glover ($1.2 million)

This is the most surprising name amongst the top 10. Glover is a great goalkeeper that was brought up through the Tottenham Hotspur academy system. However, it could be argued that he isn’t even the best keeper in the league. Andrew Redmayne, Mark Birighitti and Jamie Young could all lay claim to the mantle of being better shot-stoppers than the 24-year-old.

However, he was superb for the Olyroos during the Olympics campaign in Tokyo and given this and his young age, it’s likely taken into account. He is one of the many youngsters within the City squad that will be hoping to make the move into Europe over the coming few seasons.

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10 – Ulises Davila ($1.2 million)

The Mexican superstar and Macarthur FC captain has been one of the standout players in the A-League Men since arriving from India in July 2019. The former Chelsea player has 31 goals/assists in just 52 matches.

This was reflected last season, as Macarthur made a club-record offer to lure the creative midfielder away from New Zealand.  However, given his age and long-term contract, this valuation is unlikely to keep growing.

Transfer value source: Transfermarkt.com

Feature image credit: Vision Inspired Photography

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Dillon Izon
Marketing graduate at Monash University. Sports addicted, fan of Manchester United and Melbourne City. My gran “knows” Gareth Bale.

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