17 Aug The numbers and words behind football’s biggest transfer : Paul Pogba to Manchester United
THE TRANSFER FEE
The amount Manchester United paid for the move varied from source to source before the transfer but one thing was clear – WORLD RECORD.
The highly reliable Di Marzio quoted a figure of £110m gross which includes other fees related to the transfer, so the net payment figure to Juventus by Manchester United will be a little over £100m as claimed by the Italian journalist. And agent Mino Raiola who secured the deals of Henrik Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimović earlier in the window will be receiving a figure of £20m+ for Pogba’s move to his boyhood club.
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Let’s take a look on some legends quotes on the 3 biggest transfers before Pogba’s return to Old Trafford :
Gareth Bale to Real Madrid : £86m
“Bale not worth of such a massive transfer fee” – Zinedine Zidane
Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid : £80m
“Ronaldo is not worth £80m” – Fabio Capello
Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus : £75m
“This did not happen in my time. Too bad that FIFA continues to sleep.” – Diego Maradona
Paul Pogba to United : £89m
“He is just not worth that amount” – Paul Scholes
One thing is very clear from the above words, there will be complaints made on every big transfer move claiming the transfer fee as absurd and the player is not worth that much but we are in the 21st century where football has changed a lot and it’s time we learnt to live with the change and move on or else will get left behind and there won’t be any surprises if this record fee gets broken within another year.
|World record transfers depicted with the actual fee paid then and the corresponding
value of the fee now after adjusting for inflation
It can be learnt from the above graph that although a lot of money has been put into the game of late, inflation has played a more crucial role in the rise in transfer fees which football supporters around the world fail to take notice. Luis Figo’s controversial transfer is worth £57m now and Zidane would have cost Real Madrid £71m today which are very close to the figure of the current transfer record fee of £89m, a 23 year old Paul Pogba is not yet equal to the likes of the galacticos Zidane and Figo but that is where the extra money has been put in when the difference in the quality of the players are also considered, but let alone the transfer fee is looked upon, there is no significant difference to be seen.
It is estimated that the Manchester United PLC will generate a £500m revenue for the calendar year 2016 after posting a record third quarter revenue of £123.4m. If the half-a-billion revenue is achieved by Ed Woodward & co, it would be a massive increase of 26% from £395m in 2015 and £70m more than previous record revenue which was achieved in 2014.
“We can do things in the transfer market that other clubs can only dream of.” – Ed Woodward
Although the club’s revenue is not generated equitably throughout the year but if an average is to be considered, the revenue will be £1.4m/day. So, by the time Pogba was first linked to United on June 25 to the day he is expected to make his debut on August 19 against Southampton, Manchester United would have already generated revenue equivalent to the world record transfer fee.
The Times went with a report stating Pogba’s signing will rope in £40m for the club in the first year alone through several sponsors with the commercial department of the club working on a marketing strategy to pair the midfielder with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for several promotions. The world record signing has also been a major boost for Manchester United’s kit sponsor Adidas with the German sports giant teasing the fans in some fashion, the French international signed a £30m personal deal with Adidas earlier during the year. And not to forget United have already signed EA Sports as official video games partner with Pogba leading the promotion pictures.