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Football has been one of the most lucrative games world wide. Not only has the game been loved by many, but has now turned into a great business venture. This has now taken off to another new level and has left many to doubt whether it is for the love of the money or game. Well i seek to clear your doubts today.

The first recorded record transfer was of Willie Grooves from West Bromwich Albion to Aston Villa for a sum of £100 in 1893. This occurred just 8years after the introduction of professionalism by the FA in 1893. A fast foward to Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale,Cristiano Ronaldo,Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic are just but a few of some  the expensive players ranging from £52 upwards.


Today lets look at one man whose name is on top search on the google search engine — Neymar da Silva Santos Junior. Neymar was born on February 5,1992, in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil. The son of a former professional soccer player, Neymar followed in his father's footsteps playing street games.He is a Brazilian football (soccer) player who has a net worth of $90 million dollars today. He is now the current most expensive player in the world, owing to a transfer from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain (PSG). A whooping amount of £200 was charged for the transfer.

Then the question pops up again, 'Is this for the love of the game or the money?' How and why? Well this below can be an eye opener.

Jose Mourinho the coach for Manchester United insists the £200million fee Paris St Germain paid for Neymar is “not expensive”.

Mourinho believes the Brazilian striker is worth the record-breaking price tag, but he did express concern the move would inflate the value of players who were not so deserving of big transfer fees.

Arsène Wenger the coach for Arsenal has described Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain as “beyond calculation and beyond rationality”, as he declared the deal to be the consequence of when “a country owns a club”.

The move for Neymar, though, has put everything else in the shade and Wenger believes it represents a show of Qatari pride and strength.Neymar’s £198m fee has distorted the market. Not to sound like a prophet of doom but lets wait and see the ripple effect of this.


Story by: Dorcas Dameh (Diploma 1A)

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