This study focuses on developing a model for transfer fees paid for the players sold to the fifteen most valuable and the richest soccer clubs in the world. Using the data primarily collected from transfermarkt.com, a leading soccer database focusing on transfers and soccer community valuations, we ran a linear regression using five variables measuring popularity, monetary valuation, and productivity. Results show that variables such as number of Google searches, number of years on contract left, community valuation of a player, number of goals and assists, and race of a player significantly influence the transfer fee paid for a player. Moreover, it shows that the transfer fee for the most expensive soccer player ever is not random and can be explained using the right independent variables.
"What Makes a Soccer Player Expensive? Analyzing the Transfer Activity of the Richest Soccer,"
Augsburg Honors Review: Vol. 11
, Article 5.
Available at: https://idun.augsburg.edu/honors_review/vol11/iss1/5