Copa America 2021 will begin soon, bringing together the most gifted players from the region with a prestigious trophy on the line. South America's greatest tournament always delivers plenty of exciting games, unexpected results, and outstanding performances from this continent's superstars.
It's no secret that many of the world's most promising talents often emerge from this region, which is why every competition that takes place there always hogs the spotlight in the soccer community. Moreover, the oldest national team tournament is always an eagerly expected event on the calendar.
With the upcoming edition of Copa America, here we will bring you an insight on the most expensive players from each national team according to their market value. The figures were provided by TransferMarkt, and this is how the ranking stands.
10. Erwin Saavedra (Bolivia)
Market value: $1.21 million
Bolivar's right midfield has the highest market value in the Bolivian national team, and it is no surprise. The 25-year-old has already amassed 14 goals and 11 assists in 72 appearances with the local giants, and has also earned 18 caps with the national team. However, he was unable to score with La Verde yet. Will he achieve it in this tournament?
9. Guillermo Maripan (Chile)
Market value: $13.20 million
La Roja's center-back has had an amazing growth over the last years and quickly settled himself in AS Monaco's defense. After jumping to European soccer from Universidad Católica, it didn't take long for him to impress in Deportivo Alavés. Once in the Ligue One, Guillermo Maripán restored the Monegasques' confidence with brilliant performances. Asides from being solid at the back, he has also been on target several times.
8. Pervis Estupiñan (Ecuador)
Market value: $13.20 million
Ecuador's exciting left-back has fought hard to earn a place in one of Europe's top five leagues after several loan moves from Watford. His spell in Osasuna called Villarreal's attention, as they paid around $18 million for him ahead of the 2020/21 season. Estupiñán couldn't strengthen himself in the starting lineup, though, but he still has 23 years of age and a bright future ahead of him, which explains his high market value.
7. Josef Martínez (Venezuela)
Market value: $15.40 million
La Vinotinto's prolific striker became one of the faces of the MLS due to his impressive goalscoring record with Atlanta United. Martínez, 28, was one of the main reasons for The Five Stripes' supremacy over the past few seasons. He fired them to the MLS Cup title in 2018 after recording 31 goals, earning that year's MVP award. He already has 12 goals in 54 appearances with Venezuela's senior team and he headlines its squad for the upcoming Copa America.
6 . Miguel Almirón (Paraguay)
Market value: $17.60 million
Ever since he dazzled in his first appearances with Lanús in Argentine soccer, he was set to jump to the top level. MLS saw him grow and earn experience before making the big step to the Premier League, where he established himself in Newcastle. Despite he needed some adaptation time, Almirón lived up to the expectations and became Paraguay's main superstar. He already has 26 caps and two goals with La Albirroja.
5. Renato Tapia (Peru)
Market value: $22 million
Tapia, 25, who has built almost his entire professional career in Europe, quickly turned into a key piece at the Peruvian national team's defense. Even though he isn't a veteran, his appearances would indicate otherwise. He already has played 53 games with Peru, mainly due to his proven experience in the Eredivisie. Celta de Vigo seized the opportunity of landing him for free and he has responded well most of the time.
4. Duván Zapata (Colombia)
Market value: $41.80 million
The 30-year-old has established himself as a reliable goalscorer in the Italian top flight and has endured seven years in that league so far. Duván Zapata earned a place in a great Atalanta lineup that played Champions League soccer and did well in the Serie A. It's no surprise to see such a market value for him, as he netted 15 goals in 37 league appearances last season.
3. Federico Valverde (Uruguay)
Market value: $77 million
The Uruguayan sensation quickly made himself a name in an enormous club like it is Real Madrid. Things are just getting started, though, for the 22-year-old, who asides from becoming a useful asset in Los Blancos has turned into a crucial name for Oscar Washington Tabarez in La Celeste. He is definitely one of the talents to watch, even though he is already well-known in the soccer world.
2. Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Market value: $88 million
If it wasn't because of his 33 years of age (that will become 34 on June 24th), he would be probably leading the list. However, Lionel Messi is without a doubt the greatest player Argentina have despite they do not lack in big names at all. When players reach his age, their performances often get worse and start heading into retirement. But in his case, it seems unpredictable when that will happen, as he keeps on breaking records and shining at the top level regardless of time. The upcoming Copa America will have once again one of the greatest of all time, and soccer fans are eager to watch him in action once again.
1. Neymar (Brazil)
Market value: $121 million
Needless to say, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar has been one of the world's most fascinating players ever since he rose to stardom with Barcelona in 2014 after becoming a promising youth talent in Santos. The most expensive player in history - PSG paid over $270 million to Barca in 2017 - Neymar has given multiple reasons to hold the highest market value in the continent, and he is Brazil's main weapon to chase a back-to-back Copa America title.