Everything that goes up has to go down. Lionel Messi was for many years the most expensive footballer in the world. The termination clauses of the Argentine star were of millions of euros, but with the passage of time, his value in the football market is declining and not due to poor performance on the football fields.
For the 2018 season, if a club wanted to hire Lionel Messi, it had to disburse an amount of 180 million euros, but the trend is to go down, due to an age issue and added to his departure to French football, he ties one more step lower than the major European competitions.
“The reason that motivates the devaluation of Messi in 20 million euros is his age. It definitely cannot be traded for its previous market value and this will be a trend that will continue “said Ronan Caroff of Transfermarkt.
For this season, the price of Lionel Messi reached 60 million euros, a figure that he had for the last time in the 2009 season, when he began to stand out much more in the team at that time led by Pep Guardiola.
The same happens with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese lost value in the market due to an age issue and those who are now the most expensive footballers are Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé, players who will have many more years in activity.
Lionel Messi made his debut in professional football wearing a Barcelona shirt and did not change teams until his recent signing for PSG, a team with which he seeks to win his first Champions League, away from the Camp Nou.