Professional footballers are worth their weight in gold

In 45 years, was a professional footballer 332 times more expensive.

Neymar © REUTERS

When Johan Cruyff in 1973 from Ajax to Barcelona moved, took that toptransfer converted 361.000 euro. When Diego Maradona in 1982 to Barcelona moved, he drew by 7.2 million euros a new transferrecord, and broke that himself when he two years later to Napoli departed for 6.9 million. In 2001, Zinedine Zidane a new record. Real paid when 77.5 million to Juventus for the French international. In 2009 paid Real again a recordsom: 94 million euros for Cristiano Ronaldo.

In recent years, four players were sold for more than € 100 million, with Neymar (222 million euros from Barcelona to PSG) as most expensive player. But not only the talents fetched astronomical sums. For the past six years, an increase in the selling price of a player in Europe with 80 percent mainly due to the increase of the TV money.

It makes that the value of a football player over the past 45 years 332 times bigger. In the same period, bread was just 26 times more expensive, and gold is twelve times. The average family car now costs 24 times more than in 1973.

To put it in other words: invest in professional footballers is the best investment that you the last 45 years could have done. It does not seem that that in the coming years.

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