The coronavirus pandemic hits workers around the world hard, with layoffs, pay cuts and late payments, but it also punishes footballers and club economies around the world.
One of those impacts that can already be measured is the devaluation of elite players, whose prices experienced a marked drop since the start of the pandemic.
No one is left out of it. Not even Lionel Messi, the best of all according to the awards of the last season.
The specialized site Transfermarkt published the update of its report on the price of the footballers who work in the main leagues on the planet and in all cases there are declines of between 10 and 20 percent compared to the previous report, which had been prepared on April 8, when the main tournaments on the planet had been standing for more than three weeks.
According TransfermarktIn this period, Messi’s market valuation fell 20 percent: it went from being worth 140 million euros to 112 million, which places him ninth among the most expensive footballers. Yes: 28 million euros less in just three weeks. Although it is worth clarifying that it is only a conjectural exercise, since the clause of rescission of the Rosario contract is still fixed at a stratospheric 700 million euros.
The list of contributions, where youth and projection influence different variables, is still headed by the French Kylian Mbappé, from Paris Saint-Germain, the French champion by decree, valued at 180 million euros. Be careful, the devaluation also caught the ‘lightning bolt’ of the French team that was world champion in Russia 2018: the striker is worth 20 million less than three weeks ago.
Behind are British Raheem Sterling, from Manchester City (128 million, before 160 million) and Brazilian Neymar, also from PSG, with the same current and previous valuation as Sterling.
The surprising thing is that it is necessary to delve quite deeply into the table to find the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo. The Juventus footballer appears in a far 46th place, with a market value of 60 million euros, against the 75 million he was appraised on April 8.
In addition to Messi, four other Argentines are among the top 100 in the list made by Transfermarkt: Paulo Dybala is in 28th place (72 million, before 90 million), Lautaro Martínez in 39th (64 million, before 80 million), Mauro Icardi in 45th (60 million, before 75 million) and Sergio Agüero In the 64th (52 million, before 65 million).