What you could buy for Neymar’s PSG transfer fee

The Brazilian’s $263m move to Paris Saint-Germain set a record and has people wondering what such a sum could buy.

Neymar's transfer fee from Barcelona to PSG is double the previous record held by Paul Pogba [Christian Hartmann/Reuters]

Paris Saint-Germain’s record signing of Brazilian striker Neymar da Silva Santos Jr for 222 million euros ($263m) has stunned seasoned analysts and fans alike.

The move from Barcelona to the French club, which is known as PSG, will also see the 25-year-old pocket $34m after taxes, making him the highest paid footballer in the world.

The fee is more than double the 105m euros ($124.7m) Manchester United agreed with Juventus to bring Frenchman Paul Pogba to northern England.

Nasser al-Khelaifi, PSG’s president, said Neymar would help the club realise its “greatest dreams”.

But for many on social media, the huge sum – as opposed to the prospects of trophies – is what has seen people dreaming.

Many pondered what they could buy for the Brazilian’s price-tag, with ideas ranging from battalions of Challenger tanks and properties in London’s most expensive areas, to the number of chocolate bars or cups of coffee.

Others thought about how such a sum could be used to alleviate problems, such as the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

Here, we list just some of what you could do with $263m at current prices:

137 properties in London’s most expensive borough

Many Londoners complain that they are unable to afford property in the city [Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters]

Right Move, a property listing website, puts the average house price in London’s most expensive area of Kensington at 1.47m British pounds ($1.91m). 

Anxiety about housing is growing in the UK, with many young people unable to afford properties in the capital due to runaway house price inflation.

1,004 four-year degrees for students at MIT

It costs around $65,000 a year to study at MIT [Charles Krupa/ AP Photo] 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ranks as one of the best universities in the world, but studying there can set a student back around $65,000 a year in tuition fees and living costs.

Student debt in the United States is estimated at around $1.44 trillion.

One Boeing 787 Dreamliner 

A Boeing 787 costs between $224m and $300m[Reuters]

Neymar has his work cut out trying to compete with a passenger airliner, with the price of one standard-sized jet costing between $224m and $300m depending on the model.

Educate 1.15 million Indian primary school students for one year 

Around 8.4 million children in India are not in school [Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP Photo] 

It costs India around $229 to provide primary education to a pupil for one year in one of its state schools.

Around 8.4 million children in the country are out of the education system.

Pay Bill Clinton to speak for 42 whole days 

Former US President Bill Clinton was paid $260,000 for a speech that lasted less than an hour [Greg Gibson/AP]

According to the Wall Street Journal, the former US president received $260,000 for a speech in 2014 that lasted less than an hour.

Assuming the same rate, Neymar’s transfer fee could buy 1,011 hours with the former US president, or 42 whole days.

Run the US military for three and a half hours

Global military expenditure is just over two percent of GDP [Reuters]

With a proposed budget for 2018 of $639.1bn, Neymar’s transfer fee would allow the US military to operate for a few hours.

The US has the largest military budget in the world, followed by China at $215bn.

Just over 2.25 percent of global GDP goes to military spending, according to the World Bank.

Six Greek islands

The island of Tilos (image for illustration) [Chris Cherf/Creative Commons] 

The 1335-acre Greek island of Dulichium is currently on sale for $44m.

Cover 0.013 percent of money lost to corruption globally

Neymar’s fee, while considerable, would do little to balance money lost to corruption [Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The IMF estimates 2 percent of global GDP each year is lost to corruption, or roughly between $1.5 trillion and $2 trillion.

Neymar’s fee would barely make a dent in recovering this money, at 0.013 percent.

Run a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey for 11 years 

Syrian refugee children at a camp in Kilis [Umit Bektas/Reuters]

The Kilis Oncupinar facility is home to around 14,000 refugees fleeing the war in Syria and costs around $2m a month to operate.

Three-quarters of a Lionel Messi 

Barcelona’s Messi is one of Neymar’s key rivals [Susana Vera/Reuters]

Neymar’s former Barcelona teammate has a release clause in his contract of around 300 million euros ($354m).

Source: Al Jazeera

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