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The 5 most valuable players in Latin American soccer

Despite not playing in European soccer, these 5 soccer players are the most valuable in the South American leagues.

Nicolás de la Cruz and Gabriel Veron

Photos: IG-nicodelacruz10, IG-gabrielveron

LatinAmerican Post | Juan Bacallado

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It is customary for the most valuable soccer players in the world to play for European clubs since the income and budgets of these teams are much higher when compared to clubs throughout the Americas, especially in the South American region, which is best known for forming players who become promises to later be sold to the old continent. On the other hand, in this ranking, only Conmebol soccer players are present since in Concacaf the most valuable is José Macias, Mexican striker for Chivas de Guadalajara, with an estimated market value of 10 million euros.

For these values, the figures from Transfermarkt are taken into account, a German medium specialized in the world soccer market and which has become a reference for the approximate price of a soccer player, since their numbers are based on current performance, costs of previous transfers, age of the player, position in the field, capacity and physical regularity, the hierarchy that he has in the dressing room, ability to be an advertising brand and of course the number of clubs interested in the card, however, these estimated values do not determine that it is the final price to pay, since the contract may also be close to expiring or that there is a termination clause, according to As. Beyond that, these are the 5 most valuable players who are active in South American soccer.

5. Christian Pavón

The Boca Juniors left-winger has an estimated value of 15 million euros, and despite being 25 years old, the Argentine is going through a bad time due to an ankle injury that keeps him out of the field for two months after surgery. He also does not have a well-defined future with Boca Juniors, where he has a contract until 2022 and has just returned from a loan to LA Galaxy. On the other hand, Pavón has a formal accusation for sexual abuse, a situation that he must face in the Argentine prosecutor's office, according to Bola Vip. With Boca Juniors, Pavón has 29 goals and 34 assists in 118 games, so he participates in a goal every 145 minutes according to Transfermarkt. Pavón currently has a buyout clause of 30 million euros.

4. Nicolás de la Cruz

River Plate player, this 23-year-old attacking midfielder has an estimated value of 18 million euros, which has increased compared to the previous year, De la Cruz has a contract until the end of 2022 after the Uruguayan will only renew for one season more, so it could be believed that Manchester City is interested in De la Cruz, but it is necessary to wait for his performance in the Copa América to celebrate this year, in addition, the soccer player has a termination clause of 20 million dollars according to The Intransigent.

3. Gabriel Barbosa

Hailing from Brazil and current Flamengo player, this 24-year-old forward has an estimated value of 20 million euros and a contract until 2024. Barbosa has had a positive step for Flamengo, where “Gabigol” has scored 55 times in 82 games, as well as 17 assists. However, the rescission clause of the Brazilian is 60 million euros, a high figure after renewing in 2020 after his two saving goals in the 2019 Copa Libertadores final against River Plate, which gave the victory to Flamengo 2 for 1.

2. Thiago Almada

At just 19 years old, this attacking midfielder is already gaining value in the South American transfer market. Almada is currently a player for Vélez Sarsfield where he has a contract until 2023 and has an estimated value of 20 million euros. However, the Argentine is already sought after by important European clubs such as Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Manchester City, who may not have a major problem with paying his 25 million euro termination clause. The offensive imbalance is the main characteristic of Almada, who has 17 goals and 4 assists in 65 games.

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1. Gabriel Verón

The youngest and most valuable in the ranking, Verón is just 18 years old and plays for Palmeiras in Brazil with a contract that expires in 2025, although his estimated value is 25 million euros, and Brazilian clubs have experience formulating clauses of high termination, which in the case of Verón is 60 million euros. This attacking midfielder from Brazil is already known worldwide as a soccer promise and has the interest of Manchester United, a club that has been investigating young Brazilian wingers for some time. Verón has barely played 38 games for Palmeiras, in which he has scored 11 goals and made 5 assists.