Of mice & men: Is Neymar’s price tag of 222 million Euros justified?

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this post are solely my personal views. If anyone wishes to challenge them, please do so but in constructive ways. Thank You

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It made headlines in August 2017, Neymar leaves FC Barcelona and joins Paris St.Germain (PSG) for 222 million Euros!

Yes! Euros! 222 Million Euros!

Makes one wonder, No?
Well, it does make me wonder.

Yes, we do know that Nasser Al-Khelaifi owns Paris St.Germain through Oryx Sports Investment and that PSG has known to have purchased players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, David Luiz, Marquinhos and Lucas Rabiot as well as Angel, Di Maria, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Veratti, Thiago Motta, Kevin Trapp, Julian Draxler and Yohan Cabaye.

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Ronaldinho? Well, he played there around 15 years ago before he joined FC Barcelona.

Point of discussion here is Neymar’s fee of 222 million Euros.
How is such a price tag justified?

First, lets take a look at the most expensive transfers in the history of football:

Pos. Player Clubs Year Fee
1 Neymar Barcelona – PSG 2017 €222m
=2 Ousmane Dembele Dortmund – Borussia Dortmund 2017 €105m (+€45m)
=2 Paul Pogba Juventus – Manchester United 2016 €105m
4 Gareth Bale Tottenham – Real Madrid 2013 €100.8m
5 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United – Real Madrid 2009 €94m
6 Gonzalo Higuain Napoli – Juventus 2016 €90m
7 Neymar Santos – Barcelona 2013 €86.2m
8 Romelu Lukaku Everton – Manchester United 2017 €84.8m
9 Luis Suarez Liverpool – Barcelona 2014 €82.3m
10 James Rodriguez Monaco – Real Madrid 2014 €80m
11 Alvaro Morata Real Madrid – Chelsea 2017 €78.9m
12 Zinedine Zidane Juventus – Real Madrid 2001 €77.5m
13 Kevin De Bruyne Wolfsburg – Manchester City 2015 €75m
14 Angel Di Maria Real Madrid – Manchester United 2014 €74.6m
15 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Inter – Barcelona 2009 €69.5m
16 Raheem Sterling Liverpool – Manchester City 2015 €69.1m
17 Kaka AC Milan – Real Madrid 2009 €65m
18 Edinson Cavani Napoli- PSG 2013 €64.5m
19 David Luiz Chelsea – PSG 2014 €62.5m
20 Angel Di Maria Manchester United – PSG 2015 €61.6m
21 Oscar Chelsea – Shanghai SIPG 2016 €60.3m
22 Luis Figo Barcelona – Real Madrid 2000 €60m
23 Fernando Torres Liverpool – Chelsea 2011 €59m
24 Hulk Zenit – Shanghai SIPG 2016 €58.6m
25 Benjamin Mendy Monaco – Manchester City 2017 €58.2m
26 John Stones Everton – Manchester City 2016 €58m
27 Kyle Walker Tottenham – Manchester City 2017 €56.7m
28 Hernan Crespo Parma – Lazio 2000 €55m
29 Alexandre Lacazette Lyon – Arsenal 2017 €52.4m
30 Gianluigi Buffon Parma – Juventus 2001 €52m
31 Eliaquim Mangala Valencia – Manchester City 2014 €51.7m
=32 Alex Teixeira Shakhtar Dontesk – Jiangsu Suning 2016 €50m
=32 Bernardo Silva Monaco – Manchester City 2017 €50m
34 Anthony Martial Monaco – Manchester United 2015 €49.3m
35 Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea – Everton 2017 €49.2m
36 Christian Vieri Lazio – Inter 1999 €49m
37 Gaizka Mendieta Valencia – Lazio 2001 €48m
38 Mesut Ozil Real Madrid – Arsenal 2013 €47m
=39 Juan Sebastian Veron Lazio – Manchester United 2001 €46m
=39 Rio Ferdinand Leeds – Manchester United 2002 €46m
=39 Ronaldo Inter – Real Madrid 2002 €46m
=39 Juan Mata Chelsea – Manchester United 2014 €46m
=39 Douglas Costa Bayern Munich – Juventus 2017 €46m
44 Christian Benteke Aston Villa – Liverpool 2015 €45.8m
=45 James Rodriguez Porto – Monaco 2013 €45m
=45 Joao Mario Sporting CP – Inter 2016 €45m
=45 Granit Xhaka Borussia Monchengladbach – Arsenal 2016 €45m
=45 Tiemoue Bakayoko Monaco – Chelsea 2017 €45m
49 Nemanja Matic Chelsea – Manchester United 2017 €44.7m
50 Leroy Sane Schalke – Manchester City 2016 €44m
51 Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan – Chelsea 2006 €43.9m
=52 Robinho Real Madrid – Manchester City 2008 €43m
=52 Radamel Falcao Atletico Madrid – Monaco 2013 €43m
54 Alexis Sanchez Barcelona – Arsenal 2014 €42.5m
=55 Rui Costa Fiorentina – AC Milan 2001 €42m
=55 Javier Pastore Palermo – PSG 2011 €42m
=55 Thiago Silva AC Milan – PSG 2012 €42m
=55 Jackson Martinez Atletico Madrid – Guangzhou Evergrande 2016 €42m
=55 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Borussia Dortmund – Manchester United 2016 €42m
=55 Mohamed Salah Roma – Liverpool 2017 €42m
=55 Leonardo Bonucci Juventus – AC Milan 2017 €42m
=62 Lilian Thuram Parma – Juventus 2001 €41.5m
=62 Corentin Tolisso Lyon – Bayern Munich 2017 €41.5m
64 Andy Carroll Newcastle – Liverpool 2011 €41.3m
=65 Pavel Nedved Lazio – Juventus 2001 €41.2m
=65 Shkodran Mustafi Valencia – Arsenal 2016 €41.2m
=65 Sadio Mane Southampton – Liverpool 2016 €41.2m
=68 Roberto Firmino Hoffenheim – Liverpool 2015 €41m
=69 Marc Overmars Arsenal – Barcelona 2001 €41m
=70 David Villa Valencia – Barcelona 2010 €40m
=70 Paulinho Guangzhou Evergrande – Barcelona 2017 €40m
=70 Sergio Aguero Atletico Madrid – Manchester City 2011 €40m
=70 Radamel Falcao Porto – Atletico Madrid 2011 €40m
=70 Hulk Porto – Zenit 2012 €40m
=70 Axel Witsel Benfica – Zenit 2012 €40m
=70 Javi Martinez Athletic Club – Bayern Munich 2012 €40m
=70 Eden Hazard Lille – Chelsea 2012 €40m
=70 Fernandinho Shakhtar Donetsk – Manchester City 2013 €40m
=70 Ederson Benfica – Manchester City 2017 €40m
=70 Federico Bernardeschi Fiorentina – Juventus 2017 €40m
81 David Luiz PSG – Chelsea 2016 €39.6m
=82 Michy Batshuayi Marseille – Chelsea 2016 €39m
=82 Antonio Rudiger Roma – Chelsea 2017 €39m
84 Didier Drogba Marseille – Chelsea 2004 €38.5m
=85 Michael Essien Lyon – Chelsea 2005 €38m
=85 Fernando Torres Atletico Madrid – Liverpool 2007 €38m
=85 Dimitar Berbatov Tottenham – Manchester United 2008 €38m
=85 Gonzalo Higuain Real Madrid – Napoli 2013 €38m
=85 Diego Costa Atletico Madrid – Chelsea 2014 €38m
=85 Eric Bailly Villarreal – Manchester United 2016 €38m
=85 Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund – Bayern Munich 2016 €38m
=85 Andre Silva Porto – AC Milan 2017 €38m
=93 David Beckham Manchester United – Real Madrid 2003 €37.5m
=93 Luke Shaw Southampton – Manchester United 2014 €37.5m
95 Jackson Martinez Porto – Atletico Madrid 2015 €37.1m
=96 Filippo Inzaghi Juventus – AC Milan 2001 €37m
=96 Wayne Rooney Everton – Manchester United 2004 €37m
=96 Edin Dzeko Wolfsburg – Manchester City 2010 €37m
=96 Mario Gotze Borussia Dortmund – Bayern Munich 2013 €37m
=96 Arturo Vidal Juventus – Bayern Munich 2015 €37m

I know right! Pretty Expensive!
How much will Neymar earn at Paris St.Germain? 45 Million Euros per season.
Seriously?!

This is what it is. Sadly, the gap between different continents of the world exists. While more people die of drought, hunger, starvation, political lapse and conflict in Asia and Africa, the world of football is dancing and bathing in millions and billions of Dollars!

Manchester United made a big mistake of buying back Paul Pogba from Juventus Turin for 120 Million Dollars, and they received backlash from journalists over the amount of money paid, which should have gone to charity. Furthermore, with footballers earning insane amounts of money, they do pay taxes and pay money in charity and have given back a lot to their community. BUT, there are many whose families have been quite greedy and have never paid attention to anything but their greed. Take Emmanuel Adebayor’s case: He gave his family a mansion in Lome, Togo but when some greedy siblings started phishing money from him through lying, he had to shift his innocent younger siblings to England and France, and by helter skelter means, he either had to give them small businesses, pay for their education or keep them under his care. In short, greed is a killer indeed.

But what about Neymar’s case? FC Barcelona are suing him for a breach of contract. Will the transfer money shut them up?

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NOT JUSTIFIED AT ALL!!

The fee is insane!! It will not only drive the football inflation up! Merit will be dead! Ticket prices will shoot up and since Neymar comes from a 3rd world country, his family cannot live in Brazil peacefully.

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Current state of Neymar’s Brazilian fans

Have a look at Adriano Leite Ribeiro, what happened to him? Greed!

Neymar will no doubt perform well at PSG but he is now a traitor. Leaving FC Barcelona behind for no reason, even if Neymar will earn good, he has to pay taxes and for charity. In short, he can’t have it all because the greedy agents of football players and other intermediaries involved will actually cause the economic balloon of football to inflate til insane heights. Once it pops up, it will cause a meltdown of football clubs. All the big names, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris St. Germain, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Glasgow Rangers, Celtic, Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax Amsterdam, AS Roma, Lazio, Liverpool, Chelsea, Napoli, CSKA Moscow, Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Galatasaray etc. will all face the economic meltdown.

Clubs cannot cover up the additional expenses that come afterwards. If most of that money went into just a transfer, then the agents will definitely be wanting more, tax authorities want more as well and that, intermediaries will charge their fees as well (Banks!).

What does UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations say about that? The regulations were made in 2011 as an effort to inhibit spending, stating that a team cannot spend too much more than what it earns, without facing any sanctions.

Paris St. Germain club president and owner Nasser Al Khelaifi believes his club won’t have an issue turning a profit.

“When you consider Neymar as a brand, maybe it won’t seem so expensive. I’m sure we’ll make more money than we’ve paid,” he stated in a press conference when Neymar was unveiled, referring to ticket revenues, championship earnings and new sponsorship opportunities.

Neymar fetched $263 million just to be transferred from one club to another.

His transfer fee in USD$ is 263 million

Like Seriously? can a welfare dependent Frenchman be able to buy front row tickets at Parc Des Princes just to watch Neymar play? Maybe Al Khelaifi forgot economics or is simply abusing his wealth.

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Marc Ganis, co-founder of Sportscorp (a sports business firm), is skeptical about Neymar’s transfer and money associated with it. He believes that it does not make any financial sense. Though, these superstars are outliers regarding their high value, but is their value really worth a value? or is it just an inflated price tag sellers put on to earn huge amounts? Metrics like a player’s performance, statistics, age, business appeal and reputation help collect data points that can really quantify the true price of a player, but since perception matters more than reality, the only measure of worth that counts is what someone is willing to pay, as put by Rory Smith in The New York Times.

 

Smith cited the case of the French midfielder Moussa Sissoko. When he was playing at Newcastle United last season, the club believed he was worth around USD$20 million. When La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid suggested that they were prepared to pay twice that amount, Newcastle increased its valuation and later transferred him to Tottenham Hotspur for close to USD$40 million.

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Another example is that of Anthony Martial. Manchester United agreed a USD$ 46 million deal in 2015 for the former AS Monaco sensation, with options reaching a total of USD$ 75 million. Though he had to prove himself a lot, at the age of 19, he had 15 goals across the last two seasons at Old Trafford. Despite the fair statistics, that amount of money wasn’t justified either, and even former Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal acknowledged the risk and labelled the price tag as “ridiculous” and a “reflection of the crazy world we live in.”

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Neymar’s transfer fee is economically dis-balancing, and sorry to say, the Sheikhs of the G.C.C nations are very unethical. The money they paid could have saved a country, a continent, a million lives and even the world.

 

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I’m not saying I hate the Arab Sheikhs, I am saying that they should spend that kind of money ethically and in much generous ways to help bring equality and equity in the world.

Sorry to say, today’s world of football has become quite unstable. Whatever happens next, billionaire owners investors will take notice and will try bargaining as well. When the time comes for them to spend their own money on players, they will continue to try to determine what counts as a fair price and even if they have to bargain, they will because no one wants to blow money away without any sense.

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“I can’t get no Satisfaction”. Complaints of average Pakistani explained in Mick Jagger’s style

I can’t get no Satisfaction, I can’t get no Satisfaction,

Cuz I try, and I try, and I try, and I try,

I can’t get no!

I can’t get no!

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When I’m drivin’ in my car
And some dude pops outta nowhere, who farts really very bad
He’s stinking up the road and the whole sky,
And gets slapped by a police man!

I can’t get no,
Oh no no no
Hey Hey Hey, That’s what I say

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I can’t get no Satisfaction,

I can’t get no Satisfaction,

Cuz I try, and I try,

and I try, and I try,

I can’t get no, I can’t get no,

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The worst cricket player in Pakistan’s history.

When I’m watchin’ my TV, and some dude come on to tell me,

The change he’s gonna bring , but he can’t do it cuz he’s not a real man,

As compared to what my forefathers used to be,

I can’t get no!
Oh no no no,
Hey Hey Hey, That’s what I say!

I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no girl reaction,

Cause I try and I try and I try and I try

I can’t get no,
I can’t get no,

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A shabby economy

When I’m ridin’ my old car, and I gave this interview
and filled the form, Trying to land a job,

But the HR gal tells to come back later next week,
Because the economy is on a losing streak!

I can’t get no!, Oh no no no,

Hey hey hey, That’s what I say!

I can’t get no! I can’t get no!
I can’t get no! No Satisfaction:(
No satisfaction :(, no satisfaction :(, no satisfaction!

I can’t get no! I can’t get no!

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