Everyone is going crazy over the £198 million transfer of Neymar to PSG, in deal which is apparently worth a total of £450 million. The Brazilian is reportedly going to get paid something in the region of £520,000 per week, and that’s after tax.
And it’s the financial side of the deal which has got everyone’s knickers in a twist.
But for me, I don’t get all the fuss over it.
Yes, the amount of money in football is ridiculous but it’s been like this since about 20 years ago when Ronaldo went from Barcelona to Inter Milan for £20 million. Of course, £20 million doesn’t seem like much nowadays but that was back in 1997! The footballing world went mad a long time ago, so the Neymar situation is hardly surprising or “crazy” like everyone is making out.
Look at sports like Formula 1, Basketball, American Football – other sports have been paying much more money to sportsman in other fields for a long, long time. Neymar might be earning mega bucks but is still behind Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso for yearly earnings. And you could argue they “work” a lot less than a professional footballer does.
If you ask me what’s more crazy it’s the fact that Neymar is only worth 4 Kyle Walkers or is just slightly more expensive on Paul Pogba and Romalu Lukaku combined. If I had the choice between the United flops or Neymar, I’d want Neymar every single time as he is one of the few players who is actually world class.