How Much Have Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Market Values Declined Over Time?

Published 08/25/2021, 3:01 PM EDT


Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have ruled the footballing world for more than a decade. The two phenoms have undoubtedly established themselves as two of the greatest footballers of all time. However, their market values have steadily fallen as they get closer to retirement.

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Messi is currently valued at €80 million after his transfer to Paris Saint Germain. The 34-year-old was valued at €180 million in 2018, but his value has just kept dropping since then. Nevertheless, he has been in top form for the past few seasons.

The Argentinian scored 30 goals in the league last season and ended up being the top goal scorer. He also added 11 assists to his name but could only guide Barcelona to third place. However, FC Barcelona did still win the Copa Del Ray.

On the other hand, Ronaldo is currently valued at €45 million. However, at his peak, the Portuguese forward was valued at €120 million for a while in 2014. He reached the value again in January 2018, when he won the UEFA Champions League for the fifth time.

Ronaldo was on fire in Serie A last season as he won the league’s top scorer award with 29 goals. Even with his goals, Juventus could only finish fourth in the league. But, he did win the Supercoppa Italiana and scored in the final against Napoli.

Cristiano Ronaldo might follow Lionel Messi and join a new club

Ronaldo didn’t start in Juventus’ league opener against Udinese. This kick-started the rumor mill, and now Ronaldo might move to Manchester City. Football journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed that Messi’s club Paris Saint Germain are not interested in a move for the Portuguese.

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However, things might change very quickly if PSG loses their young superstar Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid. Romano also revealed that City doesn’t want to pay Juventus the €25 million they desire, and hence, any move will be tough to manufacture in the final days of the transfer window.

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It’ll be interesting to see if Ronaldo leaves Juventus, but for now, it seems likely that he’ll stay.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a football writer at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for football to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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