Soccer (also known as proper football) is the most popular sport in the world with an estimated 3.5 billion fans globally including 250 million who play the sport. To put that in perspective, American Football has an estimated 400 million fans worldwide. For every American Football fan, there are nearly 9 soccer fans.
Despite the global popularity of soccer, there’s yet to be a card from the sport that has cracked the 10 most expensive sports cards sold all time. In fact, PSA has graded a total of 308,125 soccer cards versus 5,545,051 graded for American football cards. For every graded soccer card in existence, there are 18 graded American football cards.
Because the sports card market is so robust in the United States, it’s no surprise that interest (and money) flows into sports like American Football, Basketball, and Baseball, the country’s 3 most popular sports.
It’s hard to ignore the potential of the soccer card market given the global dominance in popularity (Cristiano Ronaldo has the most followers on Instagram apart from the brand itself, with 361 million followers) and a maturing sports card market.
Below, we’ll look at the top 25 most expensive soccer cards ever sold.