The players to earn most from Football Index’s three ways to win this season

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Players can be valuable assets for different reasons on Football Index – but there are a few stars who make traders money in both dividends and capital growth.

If you’re not already familiar with Football Index, it’s a real-money betting platform where you can buy and sell footballers.

We have written explainers on what we think are the three different types of trader: Scouts, Columnists and Viewers.

And those three trader personalities correspond with three different ways to make money:

1. Capital Growth, which is the rise (or fall, it should also be said) of a player’s share price

2. Match Day Dividends, which take into account the on-pitch performances of a player

3. Media Dividends, which take into account how newsworthy a player is

Or perhaps you trade with every Football Index win mechanism in mind.

If so, you might be interested to know who won the Football Index ‘Triple Crown’ over the past three months.

We define this as the player who accrued the most total winnings across Media Dividends, Match Day Dividends and Capital Growth.

And the winner over the past three months was…Kevin De Bruyne.

The tussle at the top turned into a two-horse race, and it was Manchester City’s midfield thoroughbred who came out just ahead of Leo Messi.

Also in the top five was the perhaps to-be-expected Neymar, but if you’d said in July that James Rodriguez and Ben Chilwell would be the others, then you’re a genius and perfect for Football Index.

At this point we should state that for a player to qualify for a ‘Triple Crown’ ranking, they need to have won money across all three categories: Media Dividends, Match Day Dividends and Capital Growth.

So if you’re wondering why Media Dividend darling Jadon Sancho isn’t there, it’s because he didn’t win any Match Day Dividends over the three months.

And it’s a similar story for Match Day dividend banker Joshua Kimmich, who didn’t win any Media Dividends in the same timeframe.

As for Bruno Fernandes, he won both Media and Match Day Dividends but saw his share price drop.

As this shows, it’s a very tough ask to predict who will be in the news, play well and see their price go up accordingly.

But we’re going to try anyway.

Gareth Bale

According to Jose Mourinho, Bale is “ready to fly”.

His winning goal against Brighton could be the kickstart he’s been waiting for, and with a packed run of fixtures until the turn of the year, Bale should rack up plenty of minutes – and some goals too.

He’s one of the most talked-about players in the English top flight to boot, so stock up now before he gets any more expensive.

Patrick Bamford

A slightly left-field choice for those of you who like it that way.

Bamford has had his critics – doesn’t score enough, not quick enough, got too many GCSEs – but even aside from his terrific hat-trick against previously unbeaten Aston Villa, he has shown he is more than capable of leading – or being part of – the Leeds front line alongside Rodrigo.

And perhaps it’s the signing of the Spaniard that has jolted Bamford to show his best form under Marcelo Bielsa.

As well as the on-pitch performances, Bamford is a snip at £0.98 and can be expected to nab a few Media Dividends along the way this season too.

Mohamed Salah

Salah was up at £3.71 in mid-September, so now that he’s at £3.44, is it a good time to buy?

Football can be a fickle world and that can translate to Football Index too.

Salah looks just as likely to score goals as he was a month back, but a few (comparatively) fallow weeks have seen his price come down.

Given he’s a guaranteed goal-getter, plays for a side that wins most of its matches – helping his Match Day Dividend score – often appears in the press due to his on-pitch deeds and is still only 28, he’s a solid hold for your portfolio.

There’s no exact science to Football Index, with players – even more so this season – likely to experience ups and downs with injuries and form.

And that’s taking aside Manchester United’s scattergun transfer approach which could suddenly put literally anyone in the spotlight.

But the secret is in research, sticking to your strategy and keeping within your means – do all that and you won’t go too far wrong.

If you fancy swotting up some more on Football Index, here’s some further reading.

Happy trading.

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By Rob Hemingway

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