The 2020/21 football season, which ended before the rescheduled Euro 2020 kicked off, brought some huge changes in players’ market value. While some footballers managed to capitalize on their excellent form and scores, others ended the season with multi-million drops in their valuation, with Liverpool, Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona stars leading the way.
According to data presented by Safe, Sadio Mané, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Saúl Ñíguez top the list of the biggest market value drops in 2021. Statistics show the three famous footballers lost €100 million in combined market value since the beginning of the year.
Sadio Mané’s Value Plunged by €35 Million, the Biggest Fall This Year
Football players` market value is closely related to their age and performance on the pitch. While some players can have their market values rise exponentially with a string of good performances, a rough patch of form and sitting on the sidelines can negatively affect it too.
The TransferMarkt data showed Sadio Mané had witnessed the most significant market value drop this year. Liverpool’s left-winger has been one of the first names on the teamsheet for Klopp since his £30 million move from Southampton in 2016. However, his valuation dropped significantly this year.
In December 2019, it amounted to €150 million, the highest figure in the career. However, by October 2020, this figure shrunk to €120 million and has continued falling ever since. Statistics show Sadio Mané’s valuation dropped to €85 million as of June, a €35 million plunge since the beginning of the year.
His teammate, Trent Alexander-Arnold, is second on the list with also a €35 million drop in his value, plummeting from a sky-high €110 million to €75 million as of May.
Saúl Ñíguez witnessed the third-largest decrease in 2021, with his market value going down from €70 million in December 2020 to €40 million in June, a 42% plunge in six months. The TransferMarkt data also indicate the market value of Atlético Madrid’s midfielder has constantly been falling since December 2019, when it peaked at €90 million.
Philippe Coutinho and Miralem Pjanić complete the top five list, with €30 million market value drop each. Statistics show the five players have had a total of €160 million shaved off their values since the beginning of the year.
Pedri Tops the List of Biggest Market Value Increases in 2021
Although some football stars have witnessed significant market value drops since the beginning of the year, other football players increased their valuations significantly.
The last two years were life-changing for Spanish midfielder Pedri. In August 2019, he made his first-team debut with second-division side Las Palmas at the age of only 16, which was just the start of his meteoric rise. In March 2021, Pedri represented his country for the first time at the senior level, and only three months later, he became the youngest player to represent Spain in European Championship.
Statistics show the market value of the talented attacking midfielder stood at €30 million in December 2020. Since then, this figure surged by €50 million, the most significant increase among all players in the 2020/2021 season.
Atletico Madrid’s central midfielder, Marcos Llorente, ranked second with a €35 million increase and €80 million in market value as of May.
The TransferMarkt data show the 21-year-old Norwegian football player, Erling Haaland, witnessed the third-largest market value growth in 2021. Six months ago, Borussia Dortmund’s center-forward was worth €100 million. Since then, his market value jumped to €130 million, ranking him the second most valuable football player globally.
NFF, Premier Lotto Sign $972,053 Partnership Agreement
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has signed a N400 million deal, about $972,053 with Premier Lotto also known as Baba Ijebu, the latest in the past couple of weeks.
President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick stated this on Monday when he featured on ARISE News’ The Morning Show. The partnership will run for an initial renewable three years.
Mr. Pinnick said the deals have been made possible because of the integrity posture of Nigeria football. He had also led the federation in sealing deals with the leading airline, Air Peace as the Official Airline of Nigerian National Teams, and with MTN as the Official Communications Partner of the Super Eagles and the National Teams.
Lionel Messi Join Paris Saint-Germain On A Two-Year Contract After Leaving Barcelona
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is traveling to Paris on Tuesday afternoon to seal his move to the French club on a deal worth £25m per year after tax, plus bonuses.
Messi had two other options after leaving Barcelona last week but has opted to move to PSG, who will have the option of extending his stay in the French capital by the third year
Lionel Messi to sign a two-year deal worth £25m per year after tax with PSG; 34-year-old will have the option to extend the deal by a third-year and will receive a £25m signing-on fee; Messi was set to sign a new five-year contract at Barcelona but the club was unable to complete the deal
Messi was set to extend his 21-year stay at Barcelona by signing a new five-year deal this summer.
However, the club announced on Thursday that “financial and structural obstacles” meant the deal could not be completed, meaning Messi left as a free agent.
The 34-year-old said he wanted to stay at Barcelona and “did everything” he could to remain at the club, including agreeing to a 50-per-cent wage cut.
However, Barcelona is hamstrung by La Liga’s rules on club spending and even halving Messi’s pay was not enough to ensure he remained at the Nou Camp.
Messi is now set to join PSG, with their potential to compete for major trophies – including the Champions League – understood to be a key factor in his decision to move to France.
Messi is also believed to be keen to reunite with Neymar, with whom he won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and the Champions League during their time together at Barcelona.
Asked about a move to PSG at his farewell press conference last weekend, Messi said: “That is one possibility, to reach those heights.
“I had a lot of calls, a lot of interested clubs. At the moment, nothing is closed, but we are talking about a lot of things.”
Messi said he did not want to leave Barcelona in an emotional farewell news conference on Sunday.
Messi was in tears as he received a standing ovation in his final Barcelona press conference to announce the end of his 21 years with the club.
Lionel Messi to Exit Barcelona Club After 17 Years
Barcelona announced on Thursday that Lionel Messi is leaving the club after “financial and structural obstacles” made it impossible to renew his contract. The footballer, who has spent his whole career with the club, had been expected to re-sign after his deal expired in June.
A statement from the club said; “Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations),”
“As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.”
“FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life.”
Last month Messi agreed in principle to a five-year deal on reduced wages rather than a two-year extension initially discussed. It had been hoped the agreement would keep Barcelona within the boundaries of La Liga’s financial fair play regulations but that has proved impossible.
Barcelona needed to move players out to renew Messi’s deal and they have not been able to find the solution. The club, whose total debt is about €1,173m, is constrained by the league’s salary cap. Messi has agreed to a 50 percent pay cut, dropping from about €45m basic, after-tax, to closer to €20m.
The question is where Messi, who was 34 in June, will play next season. He tried to leave Barcelona in August 2020 after a breakdown in his relationship with then president Josep Maria Bartomeu but was forced to stay. Now, when he was keen to continue for longer, it appears he is being made to go.
Messi has made 778 appearances for Barcelona, scoring a remarkable 672 goals which have helped to claim 10 league titles, four Champions Leagues and three Club World Cups among his haul of 35 trophies
This latest development comes just eight days before the La Liga 2021/22 season kicks off.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta held a press conference after the club released a statement saying that could not sign Messi to a new contract due to La Liga rules over the size of the salary.
“We are over the salary limit that we are allowed. It is as simple as that,” Laporta confirmed.
The president said that Messi was told two days ago that the club could not continue with his new contract, which they planned to be for two years and they asked to spread the cost of that contract over five years.
Barcelona’s president said “I like to dream, but we have to live in the reality” when asked if Messi could play for Barcelona again if Financial Fair Play rules are relaxed by La Liga.
Laporta insisted that Messi and the club reached an agreement on a new contract but Spanish league rules won’t allow him to sign due to the financial situation the new club president inherited from former president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the mess they were left in.
“We have 122 years of history. We’ve been through everything and we’ve always come through. We want the post-Messi era to be very successful and I am convinced it will be,” Laporta said.
Laporta added that La Liga could be more flexible to make Messi’s new deal happen, as he repeatedly slammed their planned deal to sell 10 percent of the league to CVC Capital Partners from the USA.
“In the Spanish La Liga we have to abide by the rules. We think they can be more flexible. That is not an excuse, we knew the rules. We can’t abide by it. Leo deserves everything. He loves Barca. I’m sad but I’m convinced we’ve done best for FC Barcelona,” Laporta insisted.
“I can’t make a decision that will impact the club for the next 50 years,” Laporta added about the La Liga deal over the TV rights. “The club is over 100 years old and it is above everyone and everything. Even above the best player in the world. We will always thank him for everything he has done for us.”
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