Has Lionel Messi Lost Market Value After PSG Move?

Published 08/12/2021, 1:21 PM EDT


Lionel Messi, Argentinian forward, moved to PSG in a move that sent shockwaves around the world as he finally left his former club FC Barcelona after 21 years at the club.

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He is also the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or this season after another record-breaking campaign in La Liga. While he could only carry Barcelona to third place in the league, he ended the season with 30 goals (most in the Spanish top-flight). Villareal forward Gerard Moreno and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema were the next two in line with 23 goals and 22 goals each.

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Messi will hope to carry that form to Ligue 1 as he’ll play for one of the strongest teams of all time. However, regardless of his other-worldly form, his transfer value has consistently fallen. It’s solely dependent on his age as the 34-year-old moves closer and closer to his retirement.

He is currently valued at 80 million euros, which ranks him third among his PSG teammates. PSG’s 22-year-old superstar Kylian Mbappe is first with a value of 160 million euros with his strike partner (and Messi’s former teammate) Neymar Jr. following him with a value of 100 million euros.

At his peak, Messi was valued at 180 million euros in 2018. This sharp drop will continue as he nears retirement, which indicates how little time the fans have left to watch the Argentinian superstar play.

Lionel Messi is excited to play with Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe

Lionel Messi talked about sharing the dressing room with such superstars in his first press conference for Paris Saint Germain.

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[To play with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe] is really crazy, and I am really happy about that,” Messi said. He then said that he would love to train and compete with this PSG squad, which is the best squad in the world by far.

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“Sharing the day-to-day life with them and the squad, the team is incredible, and I really want to train and compete now because I am going to be playing with the best players,” the Argentinian superstar said.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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