Messi among Euro stars who lost millions in market value owing to Covid-19

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TALE OF CONTRASTING FORTUNES Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies have endured contrasting tales with regards to their market valuePicture: Manu Fernandez / Getty Images
TALE OF CONTRASTING FORTUNES Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies have endured contrasting tales with regards to their market valuePicture: Manu Fernandez / Getty Images


The Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak has had an enormous impact on the football industry, causing considerable drops in clubs’ revenues and their players’ market value.

According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites – a UK website launched to help protect consumers against unlicensed betting sites –Real Madrid left-winger Eden Hazard, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and Barcelona star Lionel Messi top the list of the biggest market value drops in 2020.

Statistics show that the three footballers lost a combined €142 million (R2.7 billion) in market value since the beginning of the year.

Hazard falls the hardest

Hazard has witnessed the most significant drop in market valuation this year, data from footballing information website Transfermarkt reveal.

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In June 2019, while the Belgian footballer played for Chelsea, his market value amounted to €150 million. However, by the end of 2019 this had dropped to €120 million.

This year hasn’t been easy for Hazard, bringing a new significant drop in his market value. Statistics show that he was worth €60 million in October, a 50% plunge since the beginning of the year.

Arrizabalaga has witnessed the second-largest drop, losing 70% of his market value this year. Statistics show that he was valued at €18 million as of October, a €42 million fall since December 2019.

Messi saw the third-largest decrease, with his market value going down from €140 million in December 2019 to €100 million in October, a 28% plunge in 10 months. Transfermarkt data also indicate that the FC Barcelona captain’s market value has constantly been falling since May 2018, when it peaked at €180 million.

Messi’s club team-mate Antoine Griezmann and Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli round off the top five, with a €40 million and €38 million market value drop in 2020, respectively.

Alphonso climbs highest

Although many European football teams have witnessed immense market value drop since the beginning of the year, some footballers increased their value significantly.

Statistics show that Bayern Munich defender-cum-winger Alphonso Davies tops the list of the most significant market value growths this year. In December 2019 the Canadian international was valued at €25 million. In September this figure peaked at €80 million, a 220% jump in nine months.

Read: Is 33-year-old Lionel Messi worth buying at all costs?

Barcelona left winger Ansu Fati ranked second, with a €40 million increase for a total €80 million in market value as of October.

Borussia Dortmund’s highly rated striker Erling Haaland also hit €80 million in market value in October, a €35 million jump since the beginning of the year.

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden and Manchester United teen sensation Mason Greenwood follow, with a €30 million market value increase each.


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