Kylian Mbappe ‘will cost €40m at most’ after coronavirus pandemic

A former member of the European Parliament has predicted that football players will be worth a fraction of their former values due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a member of French political party Europe Ecology – The Greens, believes superstars such as Kylian Mbappe could be worth as little as €40m (£35m) after the outbreak subsides.

The Paris Saint-Germain star is arguably the most valuable player in world football and has been linked with a £250m move to Liverpool or Real Madrid. So, if Cohn-Bendit’s prediction is correct, Mbappe will be worth a staggering £215m less than this valuation, losing 86% of his value.

And the French-German politician predicts further changes to the Beautiful Game, including the introduction of a salary cap.

“This crisis will clean up the irrationality of professional sport. It’s like there was a nuclear attack and it had to be rebuilt, but on other grounds,” Cohn-Bendit told French newspaper Ouest-France.

“Tomorrow, Mbappe will cost at most €35-40m and no longer €200m. And who can buy him?

“There will be de facto regulation. Going even further on a salary cap could be necessary. It is a reorganisation that goes not only through the players' salaries, but also through the right to images and publicity.

“We have to break the system of managers, of those who do business.”

Cohn-Bendit believes these sweeping changes would improve sport and help it return to its core values ahead of the Tokyo Olympics – which have been postponed until next summer – and the Paris games in 2024.

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