Not even Messi is part of it, the most valuable players in Copa America 2024 that surprises fans

Lionel Messi is not part of the most valuable players of the Copa America.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina national team walk together while two mystery players are below them. (Source: Messi Xtra X)
Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina national team walk together while two mystery players are below them. (Source: Messi Xtra X)
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The Copa America begins tonight, and Lionel Messi is one of the stars that many fans are looking forward to seeing. Lionel Messi is easily the biggest star in the tournament. He earns the most out of any player in Copa America as he earns from his base salary at Inter Miami, multiple sponsorships, and special deals with the MLS. Despite all his success, he is not included among the most valuable players in the Copa America tournament. Messi, getting older and playing in the MLS, has dropped his market value, while other younger players in Copa America have a high market value that reaches $100 million. Two players that come as no surprise to any fan are Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo from the Brazilian national team and Real Madrid. Vinicius is the most valuable player in Copa America. He is worth around $180 million, according to Transfermarkt. Federico Valverde is the second most valuable player in the Copa America with a market value of $120 million, and Rodrygo is valued at around $110 million.

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The most valuable Argentine on the national team is Lautaro Martinez, whose value is around $110 million. Julian Alvarez's market value is around $90 million, and it makes him the second most valuable Argentine player in the Copa America. Messi's value is currently around $30 million, which is not and considering him playing at Inter Miami and turning 37 in four days.

One Football made a starting 11 of the most valuable players of Copa America based on positions. Rodrygo occupies the right-wing position where Messi would play. Messi's countrymen, Lautaro Martinez, Enzo Fernandez, and Nahuel Molina, are included in the team. Seven Brazilian players are on the team, which showcases how many world-class players they have in their squad.

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The record Argentina chases in Copa America 2024

The Copa America 2024 is a special tournament for the Argentines as the team will be defending their Copa America trophy, which they won in 2021. Argentina has won 15 Copa America trophies in its history but is tied with Uruguay, which is also a big candidate for winning the trophy this summer. If Argentina wins the Copa America in July, they will be the first nation with 16 Copa America trophies in South America.

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