2020 was a year like no other.
Not just for obvious reasons but for footballing ones too, like that Messi burofax, Liverpool ending their title wait and Bruno becoming the new Eric.
All these sagas drove a big year on Football Index, and below we look at the players whose prices rose the most on the platform in 2020.
Spoiler: It involves some of the aforementioned individuals.
If you’re new to ‘The Football Stockmarket’, it’s a real-money betting platform where you can buy and sell footballers.
You can win money in several different ways:
Capital appreciation: This is when a player’s share prices increases (and this is what we’ll be looking at in this piece)
Media Dividends: These reward players that are in the news the most.
Match Day Dividends: These reward players that deliver the best on-pitch performances.
Team of the Month Dividends: Football Index’s player points system constructs the best XI from a given calendar month, and if it contains your players, you win.
*For more information on the dividend structure, see here.
So here is the top 10, first by percentage growth, and then in pure price terms.
2020 was Bruno Fernandes’ year.
If there’s some variation between the two top 10s, the Portuguese totem is the one man who can’t be moved.
Where would Manchester United be if he hadn’t arrived in the final throes of last January’s transfer window?
He has made a monumental impact in nearly 12 months at the club, and that has translated to Football Index too.
A rise per share of nearly £5 in that period is extraordinary, and if you’re already a Football Index trader, here’s hoping you got on the bandwagon.
Not far behind Fernandes was Joshua Kimmich, someone else who had a phenomenal 2020.
The 25-year-old was Bayern Munich’s midfield maestro during their run to a historic treble under Hansi Flick.
And with Kimmich’s displays regularly netting him Match Day Dividends – he finished in the top five of those rankings 17 times in the last 12 months – traders have snapped him in their droves to get their own slice of the pie.
One noticeable dynamic in 2020 was how many goalkeepers feature in the top 10s.
This was chiefly due to a change in the dividend structure, which now gives keepers the chance to win Match Day Dividends, In-Play Dividends and Team of the Month dividends.
With Bayern so dominant it’s no shock to see Manuel Neuer proving his popularity, but there were other more left-field choices to be made too.
Let’s start by looking back to the following keepers’ situations 12 months ago.
Yassine Bounou: On loan at Sevilla and second-choice to Tomas Vaclik
Emiliano Martinez: Second choice at Arsenal behind Bernd Leno
Edouard Mendy: Playing for Rennes in Ligue 1
Fast forward to today and their achievements are obvious, with Bounou now a Europa League winner, Martinez having the most clean sheets in the Premier League to date, and Mendy playing a huge role in solidifying Chelsea’s defence under Frank Lampard.
The presence of three left-backs in the price top 10 is evidence of another noteworthy trend.
And that is of full-backs being priced as defenders but effectively playing as wingers, which means they can be cut-price ways to pick up regular Match Day Dividends.
There are others to watch who fit this bill, such as Sevilla’s Jesus Navas, Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado, who recently had his positional designation changed from a midfielder to a defender on the Index, and Chelsea’s Reece James.
Moving into 2021 then, the million dollar question is who’s going to do a Bruno?
We’re not sure anyone will have quite his impact, particularly as clubs can’t spend nearly as much on transfers in the coronavirus era.
But jumps will still be made, particularly with a European Championships set to go ahead this summer.
May you have a profitable 2021!
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