Lionel Messi’s exit from Barcelona was always going to be a traumatic moment for the club as their greatest ever player moved on to pastures new.
The 34-year-old was unable to extend his contract at the Camp Nou this summer and subsequently penned a two-year contract at Paris Saint-Germain.
Much has been made about how the Catalan giants would be able to cope with the transition period following the exit of the Argentine and which players may be able to step into the breach.
The exit of Messi was particularly painful as Barca received no financial compensation for the player, who left as a free agent following the expiration of his contract.
Yet it is not all doom and gloom for the Blaugrana, who have a crop of extremely talented young players in their first-team squad with the exit of Messi lowering the average age of their first-team squad.
Due to his age, Messi’s transfer valuation has plummeted in recent years – peaking at a £155million valuation in 2018 and falling by over half that amount to £69million today.
His £69million valuation is equalled by that of Barca’s teenage central midfielder Pedri, whose valuation has increased by a remarkable 166.7 percent since 1 January this year.
The 18-year-old’s increase in value is more than any other player in world football in that time period – surpassing that of Jude Bellingham (103.7 percent), Mason Mount (66.7 percent), Marcos Llorente (77.8 percent) or even Erling Haaland (30 percent).
Pedri joined the club a year ago from Las Palmas in a deal reported to be worth an initial £5million – although the total value of the deal could be closer to the £20million mark after all add-ons are included.