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The collapse in the transfer market

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many changes in the world of football. The pandemic is having a huge impact on the transfer market.

The halted season means that clubs have taken a financial blow, and the transfer fees that we used to see in recent years, are not likely to be seen anytime soon.

Transfermarkt has calculated the respective total value of Spanish squads and here is the results.

Across Spain's top three divisions, decrease in the market values is estimated at 1.25 billion euros, and LaLiga clubs are having the lion's share of that sum with 1.17 billion euros.

The formula that Transfermarkt used was taking footballers born from 1998 onwards and decreasing their value by 10 percent and all others by 20 percent.

Real Madrid

Los Blancos' team value has dropped by 191.5 million euros to 888.5 million euros, a 17.73 overall drop.

Barcelona in the worst situation

The Catalans are in a very difficult financial situation as their team's value is dropping by 207.1 million euros to a total of 852.6 million euros.

The Catalans hit their lowest level in four years with 19.55 percent drop in the squad's value. That is the second biggest drop in Europe after Manchester City, as most of Barcelona's players are born before 1998. 

Joao Felix more expensive than Jan Oblak

Atletico Madrid have seen their squad value drop by 161.5 million euros to a total of 709 million euros, representing a fall of 18.55 percent.

When the Transfermarkt formula is being applied, Joao Felix becomes Atletico Madrid most expensive player.

Felix is now estimated at 81 million euros, above Jan Oblak whose price is 80 million euros, and Saul with 72 million euros.

The 20-year-old Portuguese is the third most valuable player in LaLiga after Lionel Messi (112 million euros) and Antoine Griezmann (96 million euros).


The rest of the world

The total decrease in all leagues is is 9.2 billion euros.

Jadon Sancho is now in the eight position in the ranking for most valuable players. The 20-year-old winger is now above Leo Messi with 117 million euros, as his price dropped with only 10 percent.

On the first position is Kylian Mbappe with 180 million euros, followed by Neymar (128 million euros) and Raheem Sterling (128 million euros).

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