By Joe Ellis

5th Jan, 2022 | 9:30pm

West Ham ace Declan Rice named in football's top 50 most valuable players

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is among the top 50 most valuable players in world football according to CIES Football Observatory’s algorithm.

The 23-year-old ranks 49th on the list which is the highest of any Premier League player not at one of the non-traditional big six teams.

Perhaps even more impressive though is his position just one place behind Paris Saint Germain superstar and World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe who has previously been sold for £150million.

Skewed Stats or Genuine Value?

The algorithm used is extremely complicated and the values stated won’t necessarily be what these players are sold for if they’re sold at all.

Rice’s contract length, only to 2024, compromises his value overall as players with contracts much longer are much further up the list – such as Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood who is fourth on the list.

If Rice had a deal taking him two more years into the future, his value could be much higher on this list but he isn’t the only one who falls under that bracket.

Mbappe himself sees his contract end this coming summer which will dramatically affect his estimated value. A long contract would likely see him rise to near the very top of the list.

No West Ham fan would claim Rice is as good or as valuable as the French star but that doesn’t mean the Hammers’ vice-captain is diminished in any way.

Rice’s good friend and England teammate Phil Foden leads the way in the Premier League in second with a value of £127million, only beaten by Real Madrid emerging talent Vinicius Jr. who is valued at £138million.

Fellow England hopeful Jarrod Bowen is ranked at £37.6million but the Irons’ would want a lot more than that if they were to ever sell.

In other West Ham news, the club is keen to bring this “special” attacker to the London Stadium.