In case you haven’t already heard, football has gone mad.
When Paul Pogba completed his £89M move from Juventus to Manchester United last summer, many were outraged. Football was no longer defined by passion or love for the game, that had all been tainted by mercenaries and their cash-hungry agents.
Fast forward 12 months, and we have become increasingly disillusioned. Neymar, a man playing alongside the greatest player of all-time and one of the most prolific centre-forwards in history, has been led astray by the greed of his father.
The Brazilian is on the verge of joining Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £199M deal. One-hundred-and-ninety-nine-million-great-british-pounds.
For that price you could buy yourself a couple of V-22 Ospreys, often used by the military’s parachute regiment, or even the Playboy Mansion mansion itself – but what a waste of money that would be.
Let’s talk about what really matters. Here’s a starting eleven of players that Chelsea have signed in the 21st century that you could have for the price of Neymar.
GK: Petr Cech, £9M
RB: Cesar Azpilicueta, £6.5M
CB: Ricardo Carvalho, £20M
CB: Gary Cahill, £7M
LB: Ashley Cole, £5M + William Gallas
RM: Arjen Robben, £12M
CM: Claude Makelele, £16M
CM: Frank Lampard, £11M
LM: Eden Hazard, £32M
ST: Didier Drogba, £24M
ST: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, £19M
And you’ll have £30M left over to get yourself a nice house, car and a holiday in the Bahamas…