David Beckham’s autograph can fetch £999, Lionel Messi ranks seventh and Cristiano Ronaldo only just scrapes into the top 10… so, which star has the most expensive signature in football?
- Signatures of top footballers can draw huge price tags when sold to collectors
- Footballers are asked for their signatures outside training and before matches
- Ex-Man United winger David Beckham’s autograph fetches almost £1,000
- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are popular but neither of them ranks No 1
Getting close to A-list stars is tricky but one way for fans to do it is to get hold of their favourite player’s autograph.
Fans of all ages patiently wait outside training grounds, arrive early at matches and attend promotional events armed with a pen and paper to get what can prove to be a lucrative signature.
Football’s most recognisable stars have become used to signing shirts, balls and autograph books but the question over which player’s signature is worth the most has thrown up some fascinating results.
Neither Lionel Messi (left) or Cristiano Ronaldo (right) can boast the most expensive autograph
Mohamed Salah is the most sought-after of the four Liverpool title winners in the top 20
David Beckham retired in 2013 but still sees his autograph fetch close to £1,000 at auction
Analysing pieces of signed memorabilia from two auction sites and then comparing to find an average price, Gamblingdeals.com drew up a list of the top 20 most expensive signatures of footballers past and present.
Averages were worked out with prices of every piece of memorabilia added together and then divided by the number of items on sale for each player. Popular selling site eBay was not considered due to issues over the veracity of some memorabilia items.
Brazilian great Pele (£511.90) makes the list, as does Argentine icon Diego Maradona (£582.07), but neither is able to crack the top five.
Legends of yesteryear like Pele (left) and Diego Maradona (right) failed to come out on top
Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero reigned supreme taking No 1
Seven active Premier League players feature in the full list with four of those – Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alisson Becker – coming from Liverpool’s famous title-winning side of 2019-20.
Egyptian star Salah sees his autograph command the most with an average re-sale value of £659.99, which leaves him fifth in the list.
It is one of Salah’s Premier League rivals that takes top spot, though.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero stands at No 1 with the Argentine striker’s signature coming in at an average cost of £1,363.71.
Aguero is Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer and famously netted the winning goal against QPR in 2012 to secure their first league title under boss Roberto Mancini.
Former Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho ranked down in 17th for most valuable signatures
Nearest challenger David Beckham, formerly of Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and LA Galaxy, ranks second with £999.99.
Arsenal’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is third with an average autograph value of £899.99.
While fans have shown an appetite to part with almost £1,000 for the autograph of those at the top of the list, there are stars of yesteryear who have seen their value surprisingly diminish.
Barcelona and Brazil icon Ronaldinho finished down in 17th place. The former Ballon d’Or winner sees his autograph sold for an average of £362.40.
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