The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive financial hit to the entire football eco-system, facing clubs with significant revenue losses and huge drops in the valuation of their A-list players. Nevertheless, the world’s leading football teams still count millions of euros in their players’ market value.
According to data presented by SafeBettingSites, Manchester City and Liverpool FC top the list of the most expensive football teams with over €2bn in the combined market value of their players.
Manchester City’s Players Worth €1.04bn
Manchester City tops the list of the highest-priced football teams in 2020, with €1.04bn in the combined market value of its 31 players, revealed the TransferMarkt data. However, most of them, or 27 to be precise, witnessed a significant market value drop this year.
Club’s most expensive player and the second most expensive football player globally, Raheem Sterling, lost €32 million in market valuation this year. In December 2019, the famous left-winger was valued at €160 million. This figure plunged to €128 million by the end of April, a 20% drop in four months.
The market value of Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City’s second most-expensive player, stood at €120 million in April, a €30 million drop since the beginning of the year. Bernardo Silva, the famous right-winger, witnessed a 20% plunge in its market value this year, with the figure falling to €80 million in April.
Philip Foden, Eric García, and Luka Ilic are the only three players in the club whose value increased recently to €40 million, €16 million, and €1.2 million, respectively.
Liverpool FC Hit €1.02bn in Market Value of Players
Liverpool FC ranked as the second most-expensive football team globally, with €1.02bn in the market value of its 30 players. However, statistics show the club’s two most expansive players, and fourth and the fifth most valued football players globally, lost €60 million in combined market valuation this year.
In April, Liverpool’s left-winger Sadio Mané was valued at €120 million, a €30 million drop since December last year. His team-mate Mohamed Salah witnessed an identical financial hit, with his market valuation stumbling from €150 million to €120 million amid the coronavirus crisis.
Statistics show the market value of Trent Alexander-Arnold, the third most-expensive player in Liverpool FC, recovered to €110 million in July, reaching the December 2019 level.
The TransferMarkt data revealed FC Barcelona ranked as the third most-expensive professional football club globally with more than €1bn in all players’ market value. Chelsea FC and Real Madrid follow, with €930.5 million and €930.3 million, respectively.