Transfer time travel: How much would the Bayern Munich legends cost today?

Virgil van Dijk cost Liverpool a massive €85 million. Kylian Mbappé would currently command a fee of €200 million should anyone want to prise him away from Paris St. Germain. Astronomical fees for highly talented players I think you would agree.

Let’s play devil’s advocate for a moment. In today’s market if van Dijk is worth €85 million, then how much would Franz Beckenbauer be worth if we could mess with the time/space continuum and transport the Bayern legend into today’s market? €200 million for Mbappé? How much for a Gerd Müller then?

Could PSG or Real Madrid afford to buy Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in his prime?  An interesting question and one that was posed by the Bayern CEO in the September edition of the club’s own magazine 51. The writers at have gone a stage further and completed a project to actually calculate the market value of 20 Bayern legends if they were to be sold in today’s market and it provides some very interesting reading. founder Matthias Seidel explains the project: “Our fundamental question was: What would – for example – Franz Beckenbauer cost with his performance level of 1974 if he was sitting in Bayern’s dressing room today?

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“The parameters, which are decisive for the value of a certain player, are most notably age, position, performance data and achievements. They have been transferred one-to-one from the past to the present age. The conditions for this project had been the ones of the current transfer market. If we had played this through a few years ago, lower amounts would have come out.”

In the case of der Kaiser, the legendary Bayern captain came out with a valuation of €190 million. “This kind of vision, this playmaking ability would be extraordinary today as well – he would probably be a central midfielder now, maybe a ‘number six’, a strategist, the position of the sweeper simply does not exist anymore” Seidel explains.

According to the calculations, Gerd ‘der Bomber’ Müller from the 1971/72 season when he scored 40 Bundesliga goals at the age of 26, would command a fee higher than that of Mbappé- a whopping €205 million!

“A forward with such an implemented guarantee for goals, who instinctively knows where the goal is and scores with every body part, is always the most coveted player overall. All international top clubs want to have such a player in their ranks. (..) All this results in the market value,” says TM senior community manager Wulf Spriestersbach.

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge bringing his performance level of the 1980/81 season to the present day, would command a value of €155 million according to the project. ‘Kalle’ scored 39 goals as a 25-year-old. “Rummenigge became the Bundesliga’s top scorer for the second time in 1980/81, defended his title as European Footballer of the Year, was at his peak and – together with Paul Breitner – the absolute leader of the re-emerging Bavarians” Spriestersbach explains.

Current Bayern president Uli Hoeneß received a market value of €125 million based on his treble-winning season of 1973/74. With 25 goals and 11 assists he played a huge part in winning both the Bundesliga and the European Cup and finished the year by winning the World Cup with Germany on home soil.

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According to Spriestersbach, “He would be comparable to Leroy Sané, although he had more charisma on the pitch and was an absolute key player in a team, which was regarded as the crème de la crème in world football. Accordingly, he has a higher market value than Sané.”

Elsewhere, Oliver Kahn from 2001/02 would cost €50 million, a 1981 version of Paul Breitner would set you back €65 million, while a prime 1987 Lothar Matthäus comes out at €130 million.

Click here for a slideshow of all 20 Bayern legends and their modern day valuations.

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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