It’s no lie to say that Raúl Jiménez is one of the best Mexican players in Europe, especially since he arrived at Wolverhampton Wanderers for the 2018-19 season, where he’s become an idol thanks to his good scoring streak throughout the years.
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It took him to time to adapt to European soccer -he arrived at Atlético Madrid for the 2014-15 season, but he didn’t earn Diego Simeone’s trust and was sold to SL Benfica, where he played for three years, although he was more of a deluxe substitute-, but he finally found the perfect club.
His best decision was to accept join a team that was just promoted to Premier League, one of the toughest leagues in the World, even if it wasn’t a top team, it gave him the confidence and the opportunities to solidify his career.
Thanks to his scoring touch, for the 2019-20 season, Raúl Jiménez became Wolverhampton top-scorer in Premier League in a single season, and so far, he’s scored 54 goals wearing Wolves colors, although in the last two season he has been able to score just 10 goals.
David Luiz stopped his ascension
Raúl Jiménez’s career was stopped for over nine months at the end of 2020, when a clash of heads between him and David Luiz left him out of the pitchesdue to a skull injury. For a while his return to soccer was on hold as doctors didn’t know if he was going to be able to play again.
Luckily for him, he made his return to the pitches for the current season, although he hasn’t had the same level of contributions, as he’s scored just six goals in the 29 games that he’s played, the last one over a month ago, on the 4-0 victory over Watford FC.
Before the injury, Jiménez was on the radar of several Premier League top teams, and even if he reached his highest market value back then -according to Transfermarkt he was worth $55 million- to prevent his departure, Wolves established a selling price of $100 million.
What’s his current market value?
Given the time that he missed, added to the low productivity that not only him but the whole team have had during the current season -he still is Wolves top scorer in the season- his market valuehas made his market value drop to $24.20 million.