Javier Castro Bugarin |
Buenos Aires (EFE).- Enzo Fernández (22), Julián Álvarez (23) and Alexis Mac Allister (24). Juniors and world champions. The 121 million that Chelsea paid for the first made him the highest signing in the Premier League and the most expensive Argentine in history. The performance of the ‘Scaloneta’ in Qatar 2022 triggered the price of these footballers.
According to data from the specialized transfer portal Transfermarkt, the former Benfica midfielder is the Albiceleste footballer who has increased his price the most after the World Cup: from 35 million euros to 55 million, a jump of 57.1% in just one month, Figures far removed, however, from the disbursement made by the London club.
An expensive addition, yes, but with a lot of foundation: thanks to his great physical display and good handling of the ball, Fernández ended up consolidating himself in Scaloni’s eleven and played every minute of the last four World Cup games, a competition in which he scored a goal (2-0 against Mexico) and provided an assist (0-2 against Poland).
That goal pass was precisely for Julián Álvarez, the young promise of Manchester City, who prevailed over Lautaro Martínez in the starting position and showed his credentials to lead the albiceleste attack for the next few years.
The former River Plate striker also saw his market value grow to 50 million euros, an increase of 56.2% compared to the 32 million prior to the World Cup, according to figures from Transfermarkt.
During that championship, the ‘Spider’ scored four goals and provided an assist, placing himself as the second top scorer for the Albiceleste team, only behind Lionel Messi (seven goals).
The other big explosion at the World Cup was Alexis Mac Allister, a player for English Brighton, who went from being a regular on the bench to dominating Argentina’s midfield along with Fernández and Rodrigo de Paul.
His market value rose 31.2% after winning the World Cup, going from 32 million euros to 42 million, which places him as the most sought-after Brighton footballer, ranked sixth in the English League.
Mac Allister’s statistics speak for themselves: the man from Pampas was part of Scaloni’s starting line-up in six of the seven Qatar 2022 games, where he scored a goal (1-0 against Poland) and gave another assist (2-0 in the final against France).
Other listed Argentines
Fernández, Álvarez and Mac Allister were not the only ones to gain value within the Argentine team, whose squad has a market price of 710.2 million euros, the seventh highest in the world after England, Brazil, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal, according to Transfermarkt.
The defender Cristian ‘Cuti’ Romero (24 years old), who formed a great tandem with Nicolás Otamendi in the center of the rear, has a market value of 60 million euros, above the 55 million prior to the World Cup.
Numbers higher, in any case, than those of Rodrigo de Paul (28 years old), Atlético de Madrid midfielder who, despite his poor performance at the start of the competition, has seen his price grow to 40 million euros, 5 million more than last November.
His clubmate Nahuel Molina (24 years old), who opened the scoring for the Argentina-Netherlands (2-2 and 3-4 on penalties) in the quarterfinals, has also increased his price, currently standing at 22 million euros. (4 million more).
The last of the albicelestes to increase its price was Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martínez (30 years old): the charismatic Aston Villa goalkeeper, awarded the Golden Glove for his good performance in the World Cup, has a value of 28 million euros ( 3 million more).
Lautaro Martínez, the most valued
Although he only played 148 minutes in Qatar 2022, Lautaro Martínez (25 years old) remains at the head of the most sought-after Argentines in the national team with a value of 75 million euros, the same as before a tournament in which he did not score any goal.
They are followed, in addition to those already mentioned, by Lionel Messi (50 million euros), Lisandro Martínez (50 million), Ángel Correa (40 million) and Paulo Dybala (30 million).
No Argentine player, whether he was a starter or a substitute, has reduced his market value in Transfermarkt after the Qatari appointment.