At the end of this month, dozens of players will have the pass in their possession and will be able to negotiate directly with the clubs. The most recognized case is that of Lionel Messi, who would have everything agreed to by Barcelona to extend his bond and be able to retire there.
Who is the most expensive footballer to be released?
According to Transfermarkt, a site specialized in market values, La Pulga Messi is the most expensive free footballer in the world with an estimated amount of 97.5 million dollars (80,000,000 euros). He is not surprising because he is the player who won the most Ballon d'Or wins (six).
- 97.5 million dollars (80,000,000 euros) is what Lionel Messi is worth
However, the most striking thing about the top ten that the Transfermarkt site unveiled is the presence of a striker who works in Argentine soccer. This is Rafael Santos Borré, who on July 1 will have the pass in his possession and is located in sixth place.
Rafael Santos Borré costs more than Sergio Ramos
The River Plate striker is the top scorer of the Marcelo Gallardo era with 56 goals (15 more than Lucas Alario, the second), and one of the most sought-after pieces in South American football. As the cast of Núñez would not pay the 3.5 million euros to Atlético de Madrid, the one born in Barranquilla 25 years ago would negotiate as a free agent.
But this is not the only thing, since Santos Borré has a higher value than Sergio Ramos, one of the stars of European football and of the Spanish team. While the Colombian costs about 18.2 million dollars (15 million euros), the 35-year-old Spaniard, who is in seventh place, is worth about 17.1 million dollars (14 million euros).
The rest of the ten most expensive players who will be free
In addition to Lionel Messi, the podium is completed by Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan) and Memphis Depay (Olympique Marseille), who could be La Pulga's teammates at Barcelona. Meanwhile, the top ten are completed: Calhanoglu (Milan), Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Santos Borré (River Plate), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Elseid Hysaj (Napoli), Rui Silva (Granada) and Dmitrovic (Sevilla).