Following Man United’s dismal effort against Sevilla, Chelsea became the next British club to crash out of the Champions League last night. As predicted, it was Leo Messi (£9.22) who turned up with the goods on the day, grabbing a brace during his clubs 3-0 victory over Chelsea. It was a brilliant day all round for the Argentine legend, as his double ensured a treble buzz bonanza! Having notched up a very decent points tally of 245, Messi won the overall and striker performance dividend. Of course, the media were following Messi’s performance and this resulted in a massive Media buzz win with 2380 points! Messi is still the talk of the town in the British press this morning and he’s already racked up an early lead today!
It’s no wonder that punters have been ploughing the cash into Messi recently and having recently broken the £9.00 barrier, Messi saw sustained investment with an 18p increase over 24 hours. Currently, Messi is fighting it out with Harry Kane (£9.23 as of the time of writing!) for that second place spot behind Neymar, but if he carries on the way he’s been going, we could well have another member to the illustrious £10.00 club. Sticking with Kane; the Spurs forward enjoyed a 38p increase in what has been a pretty tough week. Kane’s recent injury against Bournemouth has predictably lead to a dip in value (reaching as ‘low’ as £8.67 at one point). However, it seems like this dip has well and truly halted and the upward trajectory is back on. Considering Kane could be purchased for £8.84 yesterday, his current price suggests the rot has been stopped!
Back to Barca, and it was Ousmane Dembele (£2.94) who got the other goal on the night. Dembele has had a difficult start to life in Spain and has so far been plagued by injuries. Nonetheless, his goal last night will surely be his crowning moment so far in a Barcelona shirt and he will be hoping to kick on from here. It seems that traders are thinking the same and the young Frenchman saw a 13p increase last night as a result (although at one stage he had also broken the £3.00 barrier as well!)
One team that many will be hoping to avoid is Bayern Munich. The German giants strolled to an 8-1 aggregate victory over the two legs against Besiktas as they defeated the Turkish club 3-1 away from home. Thiago Alcantara (£2.29) absolutely sky-rocketed on the Index following his early goal, reaching as high as £2.45, but his value has since subsided.
Meanwhile, squad player Sandro Wagner (73p) finished off the tie with a late goal for Bayern. There were a few eyebrows raised when Bayern purchased the 30-year-old, Wagner this January, but the German striker is showing that he is a very reliable alternative and with a record of 5 international goals in just 7 matches, you never know, he could just be one of the surprises of the World Cup!