Arsenal ace is most valuable defender in the world, worth more than Kevin De Bruyne

According to a recent report from CIES Football Observatory, Arsenal star Hector Bellerin is the most valuable defender in world football.

CIES are a research group from Switzerland and have created an algorithm that determines transfer market values, based on metrics that take into account player age, performances, contract length and recent transfer fees.

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And according to their latest report, Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is the most valuable defender in world football, ranking 25th in their chart of the game’s top stars and apparently worth a whopping £43.1million.

That puts him one place above Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, despite the Citizens splashing out a club-record £55million transfer fee on the Belgium international last summer.

Bellerin has enjoyed a meteoric rise since becoming an Arsenal regular midway through the 2014/15 campaign, going on to establish himself as one of the top attacking full-backs in Europe.

He claimed a place in the Premier League’s PFA Team of the Year last season and has been selected by Vincente del Bosque for Spain’s Euro 2016 squad.