This summer, a bunch of soccer players got paid a lot of money. Like, too much money. Neymar signed for PSG from Barcelona for $265 million, setting the record for highest transfer fee, while Ousmane Dembélé signed for Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund for $125 million. Dembélé is 20 years old and the record holder for second most expensive transfer ever. Let that sink in real quick.
That means, within the course of barely more than a year, Borussia Dortmund turned a kid they bought for $18 million into a $125 million treasure chest full of doubloons. Sure, the kid had an impressive Bundesliga debut season, but I’m not 100% sure he can fill the #11 shirt left by Neymar. Especially after he could barely juggle the ball during his awkward unveiling at the Camp Nou.
To put things into perspective, Luis Suarez cost Barcelona $95 million in 2014. That’s $35 million less than the Dembélé transfer. $35 million could buy you Petr Cech.
Neymar had his release clause met by PSG, and to combat that, Barça put a $478 million release clause on Dembélé to lock him in for as long as possible.
With the $140 million left over, you could buy more than 18 million Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwiches from Subway for $7.75 a piece, which we discussed on this week’s edition of the Roadies Sound Check.