The Argentine and South American pass market is shocked by the imminent sale of Julián Álvarez to Manchester City. An operation that goes up to 27 million dollars and that will leave River’s treasury a figure close to 21 million, something like 18 euro sticks. A fortune of those who do not usually pay for soccer players in Argentina.

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And despite being one of the most attractive South American markets for the old continent, it is still far behind in the numbers of the Brazilian teams, that sell in exorbitant figures almost on par with when a star explodes in European football.

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Álvarez already plays for the National Team.  EFE.

Álvarez already plays for the National Team. EFE.


If the transfer finally takes place under the known terms and conditions, the sale of Julián Álvarez will be one of the most important in the history of Argentina. Still far from the more than 24 million euros that Sergio Agüero’s departure from Independiente meant for Atlético Madrid, and also below other really strong ones, such as that of Lautaro Martinez to Inter.

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But even though the forward of River He is a player already consolidated in the First Division and who was the figure of the team that became champion of the local tournament, sTheir value is considerably lower than that of other Brasileirao stars, who fortunately had not even finished exploding when they left.

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Just a few clear examples to realize that Brazil has the best showcase in South America. One of the most resounding cases of recent times was that of vinicius, today one of the best current players on the planet and irreplaceable piece at Real Madrid. However, when he left Flamengo towards Spain was just 17 years old and had not shown its full potential.

Vinicius was his South American champion with Flamengo.  AFP

Vinicius was his South American champion with Flamengo. AFP

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The Merengue scouts noticed him with more future than present and bought him, even when he was a substitute at Mengao. Of course, despite being a promise and not a concrete reality, they paid a lot: €45 million. Today they can say they were right because the player not only shines in the club but has a market value of 100 million, according to Transfermarkt.

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A similar case was that of Rodrygo, who at the age of 19 also left Brazil to go to Madrid. The price was also 45 million euros for a player who had not reached the 50 games at Santos and he had barely converted 10 goalss -a great average but without too much experience. Now, with 21, he already alternates in Casablanca.

Rodrygo hardly played in Santos.  Reuters.

Rodrygo hardly played in Santos. Reuters.

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There are plenty of examples to support the theory: Lucas Moura, in 2013, went directly from São Paulo to Paris Saint Germain in exchange for 40 millions of euros. Barcelona spent 31 million to hire Arthur, one of the figures of the Guild champion of America in 2017. Gabriel Jesús, from Palmeiras, arrived at City by 16 clubs.

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Missing from this list, of course, Neymar. The phenomenon that emerged from Santos did not need any European showcase so that from the other side of the Atlantic they realized that it was going to be something different. According to Barcelona, ​​the club spent 88 million euros to have Ney, although for taxes and bonuses the sum would exceed 100 million. Numbers that do not exist in Argentina or in any other South American country.

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Neymar shone in Santos.  AFP

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To dimension, in addition to the already mentioned case of the Kun, Ángel Di María, one of the great Argentine figures of this century, left Rosario Central for Benfica for 8 million euros. Gonzalo Higuaín to Real Madrid for 15, to cite another case.

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Anyone can say that it is about other times: in these times, the numbers are much more bulky than decades ago. But history repeats itself in the present. Leandro Paredes left Boca in exchange for 6 million euros, while Lucas Alario, key in the 2015 America champion River, he went to Leverkusen for 17.

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The reasons why there is this difference between the two main exporters of the continent may vary according to the analysis or according to where the focus is placed. Some say that it is the economic and financial realities of the countries that, obviously, affect their clubs.

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That is to say, an Argentine team gets rid of its figures more easily before lower figures, while Brazilians are tempted by other numbers. An explanation that gains strength in the face of the Argentine economic situation, while in Brazil the teams have high income from the prizes of their local competitions and television deals.

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Another position, which does not cancel the other but can be combined, is that the Argentine football is a less attractive showcase than the Brasileirao. Just as large teams tend to sell more expensive than other small ones, this also applies to tournaments. Is it better to shine in Brazil than to stand out in the Professional League? The numbers indicate yes.

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Whatever the reason, one thing is undeniable: Brazil sells better than Argentina. Although Lionel Messi He has been the best player on the planet for more than 10 years and the figures do not stop coming out, for Europe, a promise of the Brasileirao is worth almost twice as much as a young figure in Argentine soccer.

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