The corona pandemic outbreak has also eroded the value of professional footballers. This is evident from figures from the KPMG Football Benchmark. An average decrease of more than 10 percent in one year is reported. The phenomenon is due to a general reduction in purchasing power and growing economic uncertainty, according to the researchers.
“Last year’s economic troubles have inevitably led to the devaluation of the clubs’ main assets – their footballers,” comment the analysts. “It has already been a year since the first infections by the corona virus. The figures make it clear that the value of professional football players has still not recovered. ”
The total value of the players in the top five hundred is still 10.6 percent below the level recorded before the outbreak of the corona crisis, according to the report. Even in the top 100, there is still a loss of 10.1 percent.
Kylian Mbappé, the French attacker of Paris Saint-Germain, lost 15 percent in value due to the corona crisis, but remains the most valuable football player in the world with an amount of 185 million euros. His English fellow attackers Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) share second place with an amount of 125 million euros. Then follows Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund (118 million euros).
Fifth place, with a value of 115 million euros) is divided by Neymar da Silva from Paris Saint-Germain, Mo Salah from Liverpool and Marcus Rashford from Manchester United. The top ten is rounded off by Kevin De Bruyne from Manchester City (114 million euros), Trent Alexander-Arnold (EUR 111 million) and Sadio Mane (110 million euros), both from Liverpool.
Lionel Messi, the Argentinian attacker of FC Barcelona, recorded the biggest loss. The value of Messi is now estimated at 75 million euros. That means a loss of 27 million euros in one year. Also Eden Hazard saw its market value fall by EUR 12 million to EUR 50 million. His brother Thorgan Hazard had to hand in 10 million euros and now comes to 43 million euros.
The researchers point out that the top ten is dominated by players from the English Premier League. After all, only Mbappé, Neymar and Sancho come from a different competition. Moreover, half of the players in the top ten appear to have the English nationality. With three players, Liverpool is best represented in the ranking.
Alexander-Arnold is a newcomer to the top ten. Compared to last year, the value of the English flank defender has increased by 4 million euros. He replaces the top ten Erling Håland, the Norwegian attacker of Borussia Dortmund. The German club is experiencing a difficult period and that is also reflected in the transfer value of his attacker, which would now amount to 110 million euros.