50 footballers whose market value has decreased the most during 2019-20 season

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain: Group A - UEFA Champions League

It’s possible - in fact, it’s now looking increasingly likely - that the final games of the 2019/20 season have already been played.

The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t look like ending any time soon and football may be out of all our lives for a significant period of time as a result.

If this is the case - and let’s hope that, by some miracle, it isn’t - then we thought it’d be interesting to look at the players whose market value has decreased most over the course of the season.

Using data provided by Transfermarkt.com, we’re able to see the players whose market values have taken the biggest hits this season.

There are various reasons why a player’s market value would have decreased. It’s usually down to the following: poor form or they’re simply getting older.

Let’s begin…

50. Antoine Griezmann | Barcelona

Market value at start of season: £117 million

Current market value: £108 million

Fourteen goals and four assists in 37 games isn’t a terrible return from Antoine Griezmann in his debut season at Barcelona.

But fans could be forgiven if they were expecting more from the former Atletico Madrid star.

There’s already speculation that Barça may attempt to cash-in on the Frenchman in the near future.

FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad  - La Liga

49. Lionel Messi | Barcelona

Market value at start of season: £135 million

Current market value: £126 million

Lionel Messi is approaching his 33rd birthday and is still valued at £126 million. That’s incredible, really. The £9 million drop in market value is down to his advancing years and nothing else.

FBL-ESP-LIGA-BARCELONA-REAL SOCIEDAD

48. Phil Jones | Manchester United

Market value at start of season: £18 million

Current market value: £8.1 million

It’s hard to see Man Utd sticking with Phil Jones for much longer.

The much-maligned defender has only made eight appearances for the Red Devils this season and, although he’s been a United player since 2011, few fans would be sad to see him leave.

Tranmere Rovers v Manchester United - FA Cup Fourth Round

47. Faouzi Ghoulam | Napoli

Market value at start of season: £20.7 million

Current market value: £10.8 million

Faouzi Ghoulam has only made five league appearances for Napoli this season and has failed to impress, hence why his valuation has been slashed in half since the start of the season.

US Lecce v SSC Napoli - Serie A

46. Javi Martinez | Bayern Munich

Market value at start of season: £24.3 million

Current market value: £14.4 million

Javi Martinez has suffered from a few injury problems this season, which may explain the £10 million decrease in market value. The defensive midfielder has played 18 games this season in all competitions for Bayern Munich.

FC Bayern Munich Training Session

45. Patrick Cutrone | Fiorentina (on loan from Wolves)

Market value at start of season: £25.2 million

Current market value: £15.3 million

Patrick Cutrone, who recently made headlines after testing positive for coronavirus, has scored just four goals in 33 matches for Wolves and Fiorentina combined this season.

Still, he’s only 22 and the Italy international’s best years are surely ahead of him.

ACF Fiorentina v Atalanta BC - Serie A

44. Hulk | Shanghai SIPG

Market value at start of season: £18 million

Current market value: £7.6 million

Hulk also hit the headlines recently - although for very different reasons than Cutrone - and the 33-year-old’s market value has taken a similar tumble since last summer.

He scored 17 goals in 37 appearances for Shanghai SIPG last season, which isn’t too bad, but you’d expect more from the Brazilian in the Chinese Super League.

Kawasaki Frontale v Shanghai SIPG - AFC Champions League Group H

43. Victor Wanyama | Montreal Impact

Market value at start of season: £18 million

Current market value: £7.2 million

Victor Wanyama is only 28, so it was quite surprising to see him leave Tottenham for Montreal Impact earlier this month.

42. Mario Gotze | Borussia Dortmund

Market value at start of season: £22.5 million

Current market value: £11.7 million

Once seen as the next big thing of European football, Mario Gotze hasn’t developed into the world-class star that many of us thought he would be.

He’s a good player, but not a great one. In 19 appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season, the World Cup winner has scored three goals and provided one assist.

FBL-GER-BUNDESLIGA-DORTMUND-LEIPZIG

41. Santi Mina | Celta Vigo

Market value at start of season: £27 million

Current market value: £16.2 million

Santi Mina scored 28 goals in his final two seasons at Valencia but has failed to hit the ground running at Celta Vigo, netting just five goals in 26 appearances.

FBL-ESP-LIGA-CELTA-SEVILLA

40. Goncalo Guedes | Valencia

Market value at start of season: £36 million

Current market value: £25.2 million

Goncalo Guedes looked sensational when he first joined Valencia and his eye-catching performances prompted many to sit up and take notice.

However, his displays over the past 18 months or so haven’t been as impressive. Add that to the fact that he’s missed a lot of the current campaign through injury and it’s easy to see why his market value has dropped by over £10 million.

Valencia CF v AFC Ajax: Group H - UEFA Champions League

39. Willian | Chelsea

Market value at start of season: £36 million

Current market value: £25.2 million

Willian is 31 now and his Chelsea contract is set to expire this summer.

The Brazilian has scored seven goals and provided six assists in 37 games this season, which is a reasonably decent return.

Chelsea FC v Liverpool FC - FA Cup Fifth Round

38. Moise Kean | Everton

Market value at start of season: £36 million

Current market value: £25.2 million

Everton’s purchase of Moise Kean from Juventus felt like a major coup for the Toffees last summer.

But one goal and two assists is all the 20-year-old has to show from 26 appearances this season.

Manchester United v Everton FC - Premier League

37. Rony Lopes | Sevilla

Market value at start of season: £22.5 million

Current market value: £11.2 million

Former Manchester City youngster Rony Lopes joined Sevilla from AS Monaco last summer, but has done very little with the Spanish club so far.

One assist and zero goals in 13 games means his market value has decreased quite significantly.

FBL-EUR-C3-SEVILLA-DUDELANGE

36. Mario Mandzukic | Al-Duhail SC

Market value at start of season: £16.2 million

Current market value: £4.5 million

Mario Mandzukic turns 34 in May and is currently winding down his career with Al-Duhail SC in Qatar following a successful four-year stint with Juventus.

FBL-QAT-DUHAIL-MANDZUKIC

35. Mario Balotelli | Brescia

Market value at start of season: £18 million

Current market value: £6.3 million

Many people think that Mario Balotelli could have been a world-beater if it wasn’t for his attitude. But perhaps those people misjudged how good he actually was in the first place?

The 29-year-old has still enjoyed a pretty decent career and is currently plying his trade with Brescia in Serie A.

FBL-ITA-SERIEA-JUVENTUS-BRESCIA

34. Jean Michael Seri | Galatasaray (on loan from Fulham)

Market value at start of season: £22.5 million

Current market value: £10.8 million

Another player who was hyped up way too much, Jean Michael Seri is currently in the process of getting his career back on track with Galatasaray following an underwhelming season with Fulham.

Galatasaray v Paris Saint-Germain: Group A - UEFA Champions League

33. Krzysztof Piatek | Hertha BSC

Market value at start of season: £36 million

Current market value: £24.3 million

Despite an impressive start to his AC Milan career, Krzysztof Piatek lasted just two seasons at the San Siro before being offloaded to Hertha Berlin in January 2020.

The Poland international, 24, has scored two goals in seven games for his current employers.

FBL-GER-BUNDESLIGA-HERTHA BERLIN-SCHALKE

32. Marek Hamsik | Dalian Professional

Market value at start of season: £19.8 million

Current market value: £7.6 million

If you’re in your 30s and you move to China from Europe, expect your market value to decrease fairly swiftly.

In 28 Chinese Super League games, Hamsik only managed to score two goals and provide three assists.

p1e4f32soo1b7i1j4h12bctooh9o9.jpg

31. Maximilian Eggestein | Werder Bremen

Market value at start of season: £27 million

Current market value: £14.4 million

Zero goals and just three assists in 26 games for Werder Bremen this season explains why the 23-year-old’s value has dipped so dramatically.

SV Werder Bremen v FC Everton - Pre-Season Friendly

30. Stephan El Shaarawy | Shanghai Shenhua

Market value at start of season: £27 million

Current market value: £14.4 million

Another player who has failed to light up the Chinese Super League, despite arriving with a massive reputation, Stephan El Shaarawy only managed to score one goal in 10 league games for Shanghai Shenhua last season.

Italy Training Session & Press Conference

29. Alexis Sanchez | Inter (on loan from Man Utd)

Market value at start of season: £31.5 million

Current market value: £18 million

Quite how Alexis Sanchez’s career ended up falling off a cliff so spectacularly will always remain something of a mystery.

The Chilean has been trying to rediscover his form and confidence at Inter Milan in recent months.

FC Internazionale v Fiorentina - Coppa Italia: Quarter Final

28. Marko Arnautovic | Shanghai SIPG

Market value at start of season: £27 million

Current market value: £14.4 million

In his 30s? Check. Left Europe for China? Check.

Despite finding the back of the net consistently since joining Shanghai SIPG from West Ham, Marko Arnautovic has seen his market value slashed.

FBL-EURO-2020-QUALIFIER-SLO-AUS

27. Paulinho | Guangzhou Evergrande

Market value at start of season: £34.2 million

Current market value: £20.7 million

Unlike a few others on this list, Paulinho has actually been a big success in China, scoring 35 goals in 61 games from midfield.

The 31-year-old’s dip in market value is more to do with his age than anything else.

p1e4f39g811ti29dkoro1sp88sac.jpg

26. Eric Dier | Tottenham

Market value at start of season: £36 million

Current market value: £22.5 million

It hasn’t been a great season for Eric Dier, who was even involved in a bust-up with one of his own fans at the start of March.

The versatile Tottenham midfielder is only 26 but his value now stands at just £22.5 million, according to Transfermarkt’s latest figures.

Burnley FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

25. Manuel Akanji | Borussia Dortmund

Market value at start of season: £36 million

Current market value: £22.5 million

A 2018 signing from Basel, Manuel Akanji has one of the lowest average ratings (6.53) of any Borussia Dortmund player this season, per WhoScored.

Borussia Dortmund v Inter Milan: Group F - UEFA Champions League

24. Marcos Alonso | Chelsea

Market value at start of season: £36 million

Current market value: £22.5 million

A full-back who tends to divide opinion, Marcos Alonso has only made 11 Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season - although he does have four goals to his name.

Chelsea FC v Liverpool FC - FA Cup Fifth Round

23. Edinson Cavani | PSG

Market value at start of season: £36 million

Current market value: £22.5 million

A wonderful striker in his pomp, it’s beginning to feel like Edinson Cavani’s best days are now firmly behind him - which perhaps isn’t that surprising considering he turned 33 in February.

FBL-FRA-LIGUE1-PARIS-DIJON

22. Ivan Rakitic | Barcelona

Market value at start of season: £36 million

Current market value: £22.5 million

Another former star in the autumn of his carer, Ivan Rakitic is likely to leave Barcelona in the not-too-distant future.

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF  - La Liga

21. Granit Xhaka | Arsenal

Market value at start of season: £40.5 million

Current market value: £27 million

It’s been a tough season for Granit Xhaka, who was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy back in November after swearing at the club’s fans during a match.

Although things aren’t as bad for the Swiss midfielder now, it still wouldn’t be a shock if he leaves the Emirates Stadium when the transfer window re-opens.

FBL-ENG-PR-BURNLEY-ARSENAL

20. Sergio Busquets | Barcelona

Market value at start of season: £45 million

Current market value: £27 million

If any club managed to sign Sergio Busquets for £27 million - even at the age of 31 - it would be an absolute bargain.

The Barcelona star remains one of the world’s best midfielders, although his performances haven’t always been top drawer this season.

Real Madrid CF v FC Barcelona  - La Liga

19. Luis Suarez | Barcelona

Market value at start of season: £45 million

Current market value: £27 million

Luis Suarez is 33 now and, despite the drop in his market value, has posted impressive numbers for Barcelona this season.

Fourteen goals and 11 assists in 23 games is an excellent return from the Uruguayan.

FBL-KSA-ESP-SUPERCUP-BARCELONA-ATLETICO

18. John Stones | Man City

Market value at start of season: £54 million

Current market value: £40.5 million

John Stones is 25 and his best years may still be ahead of him, but question marks remain. Is he top, top class? Or is he just an average top-flight centre-back? The jury is still out.

FBL-ENG-PR-MAN CITY-MAN UTD

17. David de Gea | Man Utd

Market value at start of season: £58.5 million

Current market value: £45 million

There’s no doubt that David de Gea has been below-par over the past 18 months or so.

However, it would be wrong to say the Spaniard is no longer a top quality goalkeeper. Manchester United’s No. 1 is still one of the best in the business.

FBL-ENG-PR-EVERTON-MAN UTD

16. Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus

Market value at start of season: £81 million

Current market value: £67.5 million

Twenty-five goals in 32 games tells you all you need to know about Cristiano Ronaldo, who is still arguably the best goalscorer on the planet - even at the age of 35.

To be worth £67.5 million in your mid-30s is pretty incredible.

Olympique Lyon v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

15. Christian Eriksen | Inter

Market value at start of season: £90 million

Current market value: £76.5 million

Christian Eriksen was poor during his final months at Tottenham and was still finding his feet at Inter Milan before the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to Italian football.

FC Internazionale v AC Milan - Serie A

14. Jesse Lingard | Man Utd

Market value at start of season: £36 million

Current market value: £19.8 million

It’s reached the point where it feels like it would be in the best interests of all concerned if Jesse Lingard left Man Utd when the transfer window re-opens.

The 27-year-old has been poor for a long time now, but some of the criticism and abuse has still been totally unnecessary.

FBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-EVERTON

13. Suso | Sevilla

Market value at start of season: £36 million

Current market value: £19.8 million

Loaned to Sevilla from AC Milan in January, 26-year-old Suso has endured a difficult season.

FBL-ESP-LIGA-SEVILLA-ESPANYOL

12. Naby Keita | Liverpool

Market value at start of season: £54 million

Current market value: £37.8 million

It’s been a stop-start spell so far at Liverpool for Naby Keita. We’re still waiting to see what all the fuss was about.

The former Red Bull Salzburg midfielder has shown glimpses of his quality for the Reds this season, but he needs to become more consistent in order to become one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp’s teamsheet.

Liverpool FC Training Session and Press Conference

11. Marco Asensio | Real Madrid

Market value at start of season: £54 million

Current market value: £36 million

Marco Asensio looked unbelievable a few years ago but a combination of injuries and poor form have impacted his market value.

The Real Madrid midfielder hasn’t played all season after tearing his ACL in a pre-season friendly against Arsenal.

Real Sociedad v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

10. Luka Jovic | Real Madrid

Market value at start of season: £54 million

Current market value: £36 million

Two goals in 24 games simply isn’t good enough for a Real Madrid striker.

The 22-year-old was prolific for Eintracht Frankfurt last term but has struggled with the step up this season.

Real Madrid v Club Atletico de Madrid - Supercopa de Espana Final

9. Kepa Arrizabalaga | Chelsea

Market value at start of season: £54 million

Current market value: £36 million

Speculation is rife that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will replace Kepa Arrizabalaga when the season finishes.

The Spaniard, who has one of the lowest save percentages of any Premier League goalkeeper this season, has seen his market value drop by a hefty £18 million.

FBL-ENG-FACUP-CHELSEA-LIVERPOOL

8. Allan | Napoli

Market value at start of season: £54 million

Current market value: £36 million

A series of underwhelming performances for Napoli this season means Allan’s value has also dropped substantially.

SSC Napoli v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A

7. Nabil Fekir | Real Betis

Market value at start of season: £54 million

Current market value: £36 million

This is quite a puzzling drop considering Nabil Fekir has been pretty good in his debut season for Real Betis.

Seven goals and six assists in 23 games is hardly a poor return, so we’re not quite sure why his market value has dropped so much.

Real Betis Balompie v RCD Mallorca  - La Liga

6. Gareth Bale | Real Madrid

Market value at start of season: £54 million

Current market value: £36 million

It’s hard not to feel at this stage that stubbornness is costing Gareth Bale some of the best years of his career.

He needs to leave Real Madrid, even if that means taking a pay cut. He’s still a class player but he hasn’t shown it too often this season.

Real Madrid CF v RC Celta de Vigo  - La Liga

5. Vinicius Junior | Real Madrid

Market value at start of season: £63 million

Current market value: £45 million

Yes, it’s been a difficult second season at Real Madrid for Vinicius Junior, but it’s important to remember that he’s still only 19 years old.

The Brazilian is still a massive talent - as we saw during the most-recent Clasico - with a huge future ahead of him. Write him off at your peril.

FBL-ESP-LIGA-REAL MADRID-BARCELONA

4. Philippe Coutinho | Bayern Munich (on loan from Barcelona)

Market value at start of season: £81 million

Current market value: £63 million

There’s talk that Philippe Coutinho could be heading back to England after two-and-a-half difficult years since leaving Liverpool.

The Brazilian, who is on loan from Barcelona, hasn’t been bad at Bayern Munich this season - scoring nine goals and registering eight assists in 32 games - and £63 million would be a bit of a steal for the 27-year-old.

FBL-GER-CUP-BAYERN MUNICH-HOFFENHEIM

3. Neymar | PSG

Market value at start of season: £162 million

Current market value: £144 million

Neymar’s market value is still a ridiculous £144 million, so this drop of £18 million is hardly anything to worry about.

The Brazilian has scored 18 goals and set up 10 more in 22 games for PSG this season.

Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

2. Ousmane Dembele | Barcelona

Market value at start of season: £90 million

Current market value: £63 million

Ruled out for up to six months in February after suffering a hamstring injury, Ousmane Dembele is still young enough (he turns 23 in May) to bounce back stronger.

FBL-C1-EUR-BARCELONA-DORTMUND

1. Eden Hazard | Real Madrid

Market value at start of season: £135 million

Current market value: £90 million

By his own admission, Eden Hazard’s debut season at Real Madrid hasn’t been good enough.

Injuries certainly haven’t helped the Belgian winger - he’s spent most of the season on the sidelines - but one goal and five assists in 15 appearances is a poor return from such a talented player.

Hopefully we’ll see him back to his brilliant best next season.

Levante UD v Real Madrid CF  - La Liga News Now - Sport News