Galatasaray are the newest club to be added to the ever growing collection of licensed teams on the platform. In this article we discuss the 5 best Galatasaray Sorare cards to bid on. With archrivals Fenerbace already established in the Sorare gameworld, just how do The Lions stack up in comparison? Resident Sorare Scout Sam Dunwell takes a look at five of the best cards you will want to add to your Sorare collection. Player ages are denoted in brackets, followed by Last 5 average scores and Last 15 average scores, accurate as of 22nd March 2021.
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Radamel Falcao (35) – FWD – L5 49 – L40 51
At the slender age of 35 Falcao is in the last years of his playing career. In his prime he was one of the best marksmen in the world. I cannot imagine what his SO5 scores would have been in 2011-2013 when he was at Atletico Madrid as he scored goals for fun. When he injured his cruciate ligament it took him a while to get to something like his best, and he is now enjoying an Indian summer in the Turkish Super Ligue, he has scored 8 in 12 games.
Easily the biggest name in the Galatasaray squad, Falcao had 25,000 fans come and greet him when he signed up. Given his age you have to consider just how much utility he will give you are when bidding on his cards. He was quoted in September 2020 as saying he will carry on playing a few more years. Will it be at Gala or will he ride off into the MLS sunset, who knows, given his form though Gala will want him around for a little while longer yet.
Fernando Muslera (34) – GK – L5 60 – L40 62
One of the more recognisable household names of this Gala side, Muslera will go down as one of the finest goalkeepers of this generation. The highly decorated Uruguayan has won 110 caps for his country, played in four Copa Americas and three World cups. 2021 will mark a decade with Galatasaray and the player is widely regarded as a club icon. Muslera has made a successful return from injury following a serious double leg fracture in April 2020 but is now well established back in the side.
At 34, there’s no doubt that Muslera is into the latter phases of his career however this should not put off prospective Sorare collectors. On 15th March 2021, Muslera signed yet another extension at the club which will see him stay in Turkey until the end of the 2023/24 season, offering a prospective additional three seasons of card utility.
Marcelo Saracchi (22) – DEF – L5 69 – L40 56
Staying with the Uruguayan contingent, we turn our attention to Marcelo Saracchi, the highly rated left back on loan from RB Leipzig. Prospective collectors should be intrigued straight away by this fact, given the player is due to return to RBL in the summer of 2021. With an impressive set of averages for the Challenger Europe division, the move back to Germany may concern some but this may also be an excellent opportunity to pick up a future Champion Europe defender at a knock down price. At just 22, Saracchi has bags of potential and it speaks volumes that he has already been capped four times by his country. Whilst this card purchase may be regarded as a bit of a gamble, it’s my expectation that Saracchi will be one of the most in demand Galatasaray cards when new auctions commence.
Emre Akbaba (28) – MID – L5 30 – L40 43
Had this guide been written just a few weeks ago, the name of Younes Belhanda would have surely featured as one of the most desired cards. All of that changed however when Belhanda’s contract was unilaterally cancelled for comments he had made which – according to the club – had “damaged the image” of Galatasary. This mid-season change in personnel has left Gala needing a solution for the number 10 role which has been so integral to the way the side is setup to play since the days of Wesley Sjneider.
For now, that role has been filled by Akbaba, a player who will not be known to many outside of France or Turkey. Since Belhanda’s departure the player has excelled in the more advanced role, posting scores of 57 and 60 in the two games he has been given the opportunity to step up. For anyone who requires a solid Challenger Europe scorer over the rest of this season, Akbaba may just be a bargain hunter’s dream.
Henry Onyekuru (23) – FWD – 59/59
I remember when Henry Onyekuru made his transfer to Everton in 2017 for £7million; I immediately thought wow that is a coup. He was sent out on various loans and we never saw him in an Everton shirt and failed to secure a work permit. Fast forward a couple of years and he is now on loan at Galatasaray having moved to Monaco. This is actually his third loan spell at the club and will be a key player for them in the title run-in against Besiktas.
I expect that this will be a highly sought after card, if he can find his shooting boots then this guy will be SO5 gold. He is eligible for Under 23s till the end of the season with 10 games left will he be the difference between winning or losing a prize? You also have to consider that he is on loan from Monaco, unless Galatasaray make the deal permanent, Onyekuru will be going back to France. With Monaco not currently being on the platform currently there could potentially be limited cards available.