The coronavirus crisis has brought sport as we know it to a standstill, and has also seen some big changes to the football transfer market.
Players haven’t taken to the pitch since March and plans to resume the campaigns in the top European leagues are mere speculation at this point, with no indication when lockdowns will end.
And, as a result, transfer values are falling. A lot.
According to Transfermarkt, prices have dropped so much that Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer in the top 20 most-valuable footballers in the world.
He’s not even in the top 40 – he’s 46th on the list, with a value of just £54million – down from £67.5m in December.
Lionel Messi, meanwhile, remains in the top-ten, but only just.
This crisis, and the hiatus that has come with it, may perhaps signal the end of the Ronaldo-Messi dynasty and usher in a new age of football superstars.
And the new-look top 20 certainly indicates that, with eight of those making the list aged 25 or under.
It also shows the financial strength of the Premier League and perhaps the dwindling clout of some of football’s most powerful clubs – 11 of the players are currently playing for English clubs, while there is only one Real Madrid ace in the top 20.
In fact, there are only two other Real players in the top 50.
But surely the biggest surprise is Ronaldo’s drop in value, despite his impressive record of 53 goals and 14 assists in 75 appearances for Juventus.
So, who makes the new-look list? Check it out below…
46. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – £54m
14= Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – £72m
14= Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – £72m
14= Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £72m
14= Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – £72m
14= Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – £72m
14= N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – £72m
14= Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – £72m
12= Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – £72.9m
12= Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) – £72.9m
11. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – £86.4m
10. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £89.1m
9. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £100.8m
8. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – £105.3m
4= Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £108m
4= Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – £108m
4=Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £108m
4= Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – £108m
3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – £115.2m
2. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £115.2m
1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – £162m