Gabriel Agbonlahor slapped a price tag greater than Liverpool icon Sadio Mane's on himself when he was asked his transfer value in today's market.
Former striker Agbonlahor had a 13-year career exclusively with Aston Villa, aside from loan spells with Watford and Sheffield Wednesday, in which he never lifted a piece of silverware. Since hanging up his boots in 2019, the 35-year-old has transitioned into a punditry career.
He's become a regular on talkSPORT and it was during one of their programmes in November of last year when he claimed he would be worth £35million at his peak based on current prices – more than reigning African Footballer of the Year and global superstar Mane.
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"Ten times more than [Jamie] O'Hara, I reckon he would be like £3.5m. So maybe £35m," Agbonlahor said. In comparison, Bayern Munich paid Liverpool an initial fee of £27.5m for Mane this summer, with that figure potentially rising to £35m with add-ons.
The Champions League and Premier League winning forward was about to enter the final year of his contract, though, hence the cut-down price. Agbonlahor clearly never reached the heights Mane has, but did have a solid Premier League career nonetheless. In total, he scored 86 times and registered 60 assists in 391 appearances for Villa.
Football database Transfermarkt put his peak value at £14.8m in January 2010, at which time he was aged 23 and having the best season of his career in terms of goal contributions.
How much would you value Agbonlahor? Let us know in the comments section.
Some fans mocked Agbonlahor's valuation of himself, with one replying: "He would be worth nowhere near." Another argued: "He would be £15m max."
And a third commented: "Lmfaooo. He's £20m max." But others felt it was a fair estimation, as one wrote: "People obviously don't remember when he was playing with Ashley Young, James Miller and Stewart Downing at Villa. Agbonlahor was quality."
A second said: "People laughing at £35m but tbh look how many players go for that price in today's game." And another echoed: "People laughing at "35m but they don’t know how good he was, I’d say £25m personally."
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