November, 27: Yesterday fans were met with the devastating news of Maradona passing away, as tributes were blasted around the world.
Football fans have long been known for their dedication and willingness to go the extra mile to show their team support. One of the ways they do this is buying memorabilia signed by their favourite players, but which signature do fans have to fork out the most for?
Gamblingdeals.com scraped and analysed available listings for different football icons from Xavi to Maradona to determine which player’s signature could earn fans the most money!
WHICH FOOTBALL PLAYER’S SIGNATURE IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE?
Taking the title of the most expensive football signature of all time is Sergio Aguero, whose signature on average will cost fans a whopping £1,363.71!
Known for being Manchester City’s record league goalscorer and fourth on the Premier League all-time top scorers list, it’s no wonder fans are willing to pay a pretty penny for his signature.
Despite retiring in 2013, David Beckham’s signature still clearly holds legendary status as he finds himself in second place. On average fans will be looking to pay just shy of £1,000 (£999.99) to get their hands on his signed merchandise.
Arsenal’s Aubameyang slides into third with his signature costing £899.99 on average. Winner of the 2018-19 Golden Boot and player of the month in September 2019, it’s clear to see the prolific goal scorer has contributed a lot to his team’s success as well as the value of his signature.
The legendary status of George Best continues to live on with many fans seeking signed memorabilia of his, which will cost them £895.99 on average. Described by many as the greatest football player of all time, this could be due to his 1968 Ballon d’Or as well as being crowned the FWA Footballer of the Year in 1967/68, to name a few of his achievements.
The fifth most expensive signature belongs to Salah which Gamblingdeals.com found to cost £659.99 on average. With two golden boot wins under his belt, as well as 2017/18 player of the season and 2019/20 Premier League winner, it’s hard to deny that the dynamic Egyptian hasn’t earned his icon status.
King of football Diego Maradona slides into sixth place with his signature going for a handsome £582.07 on average*. Some of his most notable achievements include where he single handedly guided the Italian club to the best period in their history, helping them capture two Serie A titles and a UEFA cup, as well as being described as having the infamous “Hand of God”, it’s clear to see why his signature is worth so much and there’s no doubt it will increase!
7th: Lionel Messi – £511.91
8th: Pele – £511.90
9th: Kevin De Bruyne – £504.46
10th: Cristiano Ronaldo – £464.93
In 17th place is Ronaldinho whose signature on average costs fans and collectors £362.40. A former winner of the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Years, it’s no surprise the Brazilian playmaker’s signature is valued so highly.
Following behind him in 18th place is Neymar Jr whose impressive skills won him the top scorer accolade three times, as well as Footballer of the Year and 2014/15 Champions League winner. An impressive 111 signed items available online means his signature will cost fans £361.42 on average.
Completing the list of the 20 most expensive signatures is Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, despite only having seven items available online currently his signature is worth a handsome £337.31!
WHICH FOOTBALLER’S SIGNATURE IS THE MOST EXCLUSIVE?
When looking at their results, Gamblingdeals.com also found that some players’ signatures may be harder to come by for fans, making them all the more exclusive. Signatures from iconic players Vinnie Jones and Ryan Bertrand are the hardest to come by with only three listings found for both players.
Also among the more exclusive signatures list is Didier Drogba with eight memorabilia listings currently going and costing fans on average £256.55. One of the players fans may struggle to find memorabilia for is Raheem Sterling who was only found to have nine current listings going, which on average will set fans back a cool £176.66.
On the other hand, Gamblingdeals.com found that some are easier to come by than others. It’s a good day to be a fan of Messi as an impressive 281 listings of signed memorabilia were found for the Argentinian magician online.
Following behind in similar footsteps are Cristiano Ronaldo (230), Dele Alli (171), Eden Hazard (122) and Luis Suarez (114).
*Data was collected on 16/11/2020 and prices are accurate as of then.