The Spanish first division — La Liga — houses some of the most exhilarating, and as expected, expensive players on the planet. Transfer amounts, however, are not constants, and fluctuate almost relentlessly. Since the start of the season, we have seen a lot of ups and downs, and this section takes a look at a few top players who have shredded the most.
Here are five players with the steepest market value decline in La Liga this season.
5. Rodrigo – Valencia
Valencia striker Rodrigo has been at the Spanish top-flight for a good few years now. The Spaniard has the potential, but so far, he hasn’t been able to maintain the consistency required to make it big. At 28, he also doesn’t have age on his side, which has surely contributed to such a sharp decline in transfer value.
Current Value: €30m
Previous Value (Dec 21, 2018): €50m (- €20m)
4. Diego Costa – Atletico Madrid
On his day, Diego Costa surely looks like one of the best forwards in the business, but lately, those days have been few and far between. He has also struggled with injuries and hasn’t looked that lethal in front of goal this season. In the 2018/19 La Liga campaign, the 30-year-old has scored only 2 goals, hinting towards and unpredictable decline.
Current Value: €40m
Previous Value (Dec 21, 2018): €60m (- €20m)
3. Lionel Messi – Barcelona
The only player on our list who is here due to the natural course of time. Lionel Messi remains one of the best players in the world, but at 31, it’s natural to a see a steep decline. The Argentina international has scored 44 goals across all competitions this season and is well on his way to his sixth Ballon d’Or.
Current Value: €160m
Previous Value (Dec 21, 2018): €180m (- €20m)
2. Marcelo – Real Madrid
It has been a heartbreaking campaign for Real Madrid, and their famed left-back has also suffered a great deal. Marcelo has struggled with form and fitness from the start of the campaign, and as a result, has seen reduced game time. He is still an asset, but the glory days may very well be behind the 30-year-old Brazilian.
Current Value: €35m
Previous Value (Feb 28, 2019): €70m (- €35m)
1. Philippe Coutinho – Barcelona
Things haven’t been going well for Philippe Coutinho since forcing his way out of Liverpool in the winter of 2018. Barcelona boss, Ernesto Valverde, has given him plenty of opportunities to make his mark, but the 26-year-old, so far, hasn’t been able to justify his astronomical transfer value. In 29 La Liga appearances, he has only managed to score 5 goals and provide 2 assists.
Current Value: €100m
Previous Value (Feb 28, 2019): €140m (- €40m)