Why Mohamed Salah’s market value is higher than Messi’s

As of November 2020, Mohamed Salah has a market value of $120 million which is higher than Messi’s market value of $100 million. The Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Egypt national team is considered one of the best players in the world. To understand how Salah’s market value is currently higher than Messi’s, we will take a look at the Egyptian player’s career evolution and examine the criteria which determine the market value of a football player.

Source: Egypt Independant

Mohamed Salah’s Career

At only 14 years, Mohamed Salah started his career with the youth team of the Egyptian club ‘El Mokawloon’. After the Port Said Stadium riot on the 1st of February 2012, the Egyptian Premier League was suspended. This marked the beginniong of Salah’s international debut. On the 15th of June 2012, Salah signed a four-year contract with the Swiss football club Basel. During his time there, Basel won the Swiss Super League twice. Before joining Liverpool in 2017, Salah also played for Chelsea, Fiorentina and Roma. The Egyptian has been an unstoppable scorer since joining the Reds with a historic 44-goal debut season. He was voted the PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Year. Salah also claimed the Premier League Golden Boot. Liverpool rewarded the Egyptian star with a new five-year contract in July 2018 that guaranteed him close to £200,000 a week. Mohamed Salah is a perfect example of how hard work and commitment pays off.


According to KPMG Football Benchmark, there are various criteria that affect a player’s market value. Those are:

1. Player’s playing position (i.e. goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward);
2. Age and nationality;
3. Contract: assessment of a player’s contractual situation with his current club;
4. Individual sports performance: assessment of the player’s on-pitch performance (e.g. goals, assists, minutes played, dribbles, tackles);
5. Disciplinary actions (i.e. number of fouls, number of red and yellow cards);
6. Assessment of the player’s performance with his national team (e.g. number of international matches, international goals);
7. Assessment of the player’s media and commercial potential (if significant);
8. Team performance and characteristics: sporting results, league competitiveness, economic and financial aspects of the club, etc.;
9. Team dependence: evaluation of the importance of a given player in his playing team;
10. Timing of player’s transfer and economic profiles of potential recruiting and selling clubs.
KPMG Football Benchmark

Salah’s Market Value

According to Transfermarket, Mohamed Salah has a market value of €120 million. The Egyptian star is is ranked number 2 among all players of the Premier League and number 1 among all players in Egypt. He is also widely considered the best player in his position -Right Winger-.

How Did Salah’s market value exceed Messi’s?

If you look at the criteria above, you’ll quickly realize that Salah scores extremely high in all criteria. The Egyptian right wing has a top playing position, excellent disciplinary actions and is a remarkable team player with a unique on-pith performance. Messi’s market value, on the other hand, has significantly dropped during the past year mainly because of his age. On the 24th of June, 2020 Lionel Messi turned 33. In comparison, Mohamed Salah turned 28 in June. If you look at the top 10 soccer players by market value, you’ll find that Lionel Messi is by far the oldest. Mbappé who is only 21 years old has a market value of a whopping €180 million. But that’s a story for another post!


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