It was an evening to forget for Barcelona and Leo Messi in particular, as AS Roma defied the odds and came away with a 3-0 home victory against Barcelona in the Champions League. The Spanish giants went into the tie feeling confident and despite a 4-1 first-leg lead, they crashed out last night on away goals to the Italian outfit.
Argentina legend Leo Messi (£10.30) felt perhaps the biggest burn as a result of Barcelona’s disappointing drop out and the little magician saw a sharp decrease in value dropping from £10.86 to as low as £10.26. This is a response to the fact that Barcelona will no longer be participating in anymore Champions League matches. Nonetheless, if I had a spare £1000, I’d be very tempted to pile that into 100 Messi futures, as he’s sure to recover this dip in no time at all. We saw a similar response in the market after Neymar broke his foot back in the beginning of March. At this time, Neymar went from £10.72 as low as £9.82, but within just one month, the Brazilian has already hit a new all-time high and he currently sits at a whopping £11.85.
Perhaps Neymar just edges Messi in terms of media appeal at this moment of time, but you can bet that there will be lots more talk about Messi in the run up to the world cup, so for those traders holding onto the Argentine, they can feel safe in the knowledge that he should soon creep back up.
It was a similar story for many of Barcelona’s major stars on the Index last night with Gerard Pique (down 33p), Luis Suarez (down 28p) and Ivan Rakitic (down 25p) all taking big hits. Whilst it may be worrying for some traders to see these drops, it’s always wise keeping a cool head and assessing just where you think a players value could be in a month or even further down the line.
This trend continued, albeit to a slightly lesser degree with many Man City stars also seeing small dips in price. This of course came as a result of Man City succumbing to a 2-1 home defeat against Liverpool; meaning the Reds ended the tie 5-1 on aggregate. David Silva (£2.40) and Sergio Aguero (£3.31) both saw a decrease by 13p, while Nicolas Otamendi (£2.60) fell by 11p.
The flip-side of the coin was that Liverpool and Roma’s big-name players enjoyed their own gains as a result of their clubs progressing to the semi-finals. The biggest winner on the night was once again Mohamed Salah and the Egyptian has now broken into the £9.00 territory. There just seems to be no stopping Salah these days and it’s getting difficult to find superlatives for him, but with another media divided win (and a goal during the match) Salah continues to prove to be one of the most valuable assets on the Index.
Similarly, there were several Roma players who were subjected to some decent gains on what was a fantastic night for the Italians. With Kosta Manolas (£1.10) enjoyed a double dividend payday and Edin Dzeko (£1.19) also winning best striker, their teammates also made some great gains. Aleksandar Kolarov (£1.38) saw a 14p increase, whereas Roma’s exciting Turkish prospect Cengiz Under (£1.55) continues to creep up. Under has had a brilliant first season for Roma and considering he’s just 20 years old, we could yet see much more to come from the terrific Turk. With Roma now in the semi-finals, we really are getting to the business end of the competition and they certainly have nothing to lose.