What Could You Buy For The Price Of The World’s Most Expensive Footballer (£198 million)?
The summer months are a time for holidays and relaxing. For many football fans however, June to August brings not only sun, but the open transfer window and the chance for your team to improve their squad ahead of the new season.
Every summer there are rumours of multi-million pound transfers which do not come to fruition, this year on the other hand, is an exception. Neymar Jr has completed his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record £198 million. In turn, eclipsing the previous record set by Manchester United in 2016 when they bought Paul Pogba from Juventus for £89.3 million.
Not only will this be the highest fee paid for a footballer, Neymar Jr is also set to become the second highest paid footballer in history, earning a reported £782,000 a week (£40.7 million a year). Combine this wage with the fee paid, Paris Saint-Germain will be looking at a total outlay of £400 million to keep Neymar Jr in the French capital for 5 years.
So with such a crazy amount of money what could you spend £198 million on?
4 Private islands in the Bahamas – £187.5 million
If one private island isn’t enough for you, then why not treat yourself to four? Family camping trips in the rain will be a thing of the past, but getting the family to decide which island to visit could be an issue.
1,041 trips to Space – £198 million
If you fancy spending your money on something slightly more ‘out of this world’ then a few trips to space could be on the cards. £198 million would mean you were able to afford a seat to space with Virgin Galactic and gain a membership to the Future Astronaut community over a thousand times over.
5,940 around the world cruises – £198 million
Priced at £33,329, Oceania Cruises offers you a 180-day trip starting in New York and finishing in Miami. Stopping off at 72 port excursions including New Zealand, Bali and the UK along the way.
8 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – £184 million
If you’re a keen car collector and willing to pay top dollar for one, the 1962 Ferrari 25 GTO is the most expensive car ever sold at auction, fetching £23 million when it was sold in 2014 at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge.
99 Bugatti Veyron’s – £198 million
Arguably the most popular sports car on the market at the moment and with a top speed of 254 mph, it’s easy to see why. Purchasing 99 would certainly catch the eye, just make sure you have the garage space to accommodate them.
2 of Donald Trump’s Private Jets – £152 million
The President of the United States needs to get around fast and the Boeing 757-200, with its top speed of 610 mph, certainly ticks the boxes. Whether you would need 2 of them is another matter.
837 houses in the UK (based on the average price from UK house price index) – £198 million
Have you ever wanted to be Mayor of your very own village? With an average price of £236,686, £198 million would be enough to effectively create your very own personal village in the UK.
Hire the Red Hot Chilli Peppers every night for a year – £198 million
The average hire fee for the band is between $500,000 and $1,000,000. If you were able to negotiate a fee of $713,019 (£542,465) you could hire them for a personal concert every day between Jan 1st – December 31st. Why not charge them rent to stay at yours and reduce the cost?
26 Episodes of Game of Thrones – £197.6 million
Now in it’s 7th series, Game of Thrones has seen huge success since we were first introduced to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros back in 2011. It was reported each episode of series 7 cost £7.6 million to make.
1 Neymar Jr – £198 million
Or you could treat yourself to one Neymar Jr. With his 20 goals in 45 games last season, he will hope to hit the ground running at Paris Saint-Germain and look to pay back the world record fee. But with more money being pumped into the beautiful game, how long will £198 million be a world record fee?
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