In a day where much of the early talk focused on Arsene Wenger’s final match against Man United, Leo Messi (£9.68) stepped up and stole the show, as his hat-trick resigned Deportivo La Coruna to relegation whilst also gifting Barcelona their 25th La Liga title.
Messi’s hat-trick came after Phillipe Coutinho (£3.06) had opened the scoring and despite Depor grabbing 2 goals, they were outdone by Messi’s class, succumbing 4-2 come the final whistle. The result confirmed Deportivo’s relegation and considering the Riazor was once one of the most feared stadiums in Europe to visit, it does mark a sad state of affairs for the Spanish side.
Traders holding onto futures in the Argentine legend will have been rubbing their hands at the windfall they were met with this morning. Messi’s hat-trick ensured that he stole the show when it came to dividends, as he was not only the winner of best overall player and best striker, but he also grabbed the Media Dividends as well. Messi’s massive points haul gave him a whopping return of 23p per share yesterday!
🔝 | Barcelona clinched the #LaLiga title once again yesterday and Messi brought home the dividends 🐐
— Football INDEX (@FootballIndexUK) April 30, 2018
Let’s take a look at those figures for just a moment…if you had 100 Messi futures (at a cost of £9.50 per share) that would mean a £23.00 return on an investment of £950. That’s an ROI of 2.4% from just a single match! (Not to mention there was significant increase in Messi’s value as a result of his performance, thereby leading to even greater potential returns) When you stop and look at the dividends being dished out, it’s easy to see why players such as Messi find themselves so far up the top of the tree. But considering he’s still got another few seasons at the very top of the game, the potential ROI for a player like Messi over the coming years is just going to get better and better.
On the back of yesterday’s match, it’s little wonder that Messi was subject to an increase in value by 20p yesterday. The Argentine maestro had been on a bit of a steady decline on the Index as of late, having dropped from his previous high of £10.86 last month. However, it looks as though last night’s performance has re-ignited trader’s interest in Messi and he has reminded us all of just what he is capable of. Looking at his previous high, as well as looking at the current value of Neymar (£11.79) and it’s easy to foresee Messi jumping back up in value before too long.
Another La Liga starlet was looking good on the Index yesterday, with Goncalo Guedes (£1.70) seeing some significant gains. The Portuguese attacking winger may not have been able to unlock Eibar’s defence, but he has had a standout season with Valencia and he has been a key reason for their successful push for a Champions League spot. Guedes returns to Paris Saint Germain next season, having been on loan at Valencia this year. As such, it will be very interesting to see if he can take maintain the sumptuous form Valencia fans have been treated to this season!