February 26, 2021 11:00
Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur has surpassed Argentine football star Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona in market value.
Son's transfer fee was estimated at 90 million euros in the latest market value update of professional footballers around the world by Transfermarkt, a website specializing in European football market news.
Son's market value was unchanged from last month, but moved up one spot to tie for 12th with Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United in the English Premier League, Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga, Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid in Spain's La Liga and Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan in Italy's Serie A.
Messi was valued at 80 million euros, tying for 18th. His market value dropped significantly from 140 million euros a year ago.
Transfermarkt evaluates players based on various criteria including skills, popularity and prospects for future growth. Players rarely see much increase in value over the age of 25.
Son, 28, surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo of Italy's Juventus in April last year when he was valued at 64 million euros, compared to Ronaldo's 60 million.
Son's value increased to 75 million euros in October and again to 90 million recently, while Messi and Ronaldo's continued to drop, largely because of their ages of 35 and 36, respectively.
Son has scored 18 goals and 14 assists so far this season, setting a new personal record.
- Copyright © Chosunilbo & Chosun.com