Footballers: How much are they worth?

by Charlie_East_West on July 31, 2013


Real Madrid have reportedly offered a world record transfer fee of £85 million to Spurs for Welsh wizard Gareth Bale. I wish I was Gareth Bale’s agent. Actually, I wish I was Gareth Bale.

£85 million is a ludicrous amount to spend on someone to kick a ball around a park. It is just another example of the bloated economics of supply and demand in football.

As a quick bit of fun – All That’s Left has just opened up its own transfer window. The rules are simple: Based on today’s prices, how much would the footballing greats of the past and present be worth within the current transfer market?

Here are a few suggestions – please feel free to add in your own transfer requests to the All That’s Left transfer window, and let the haggling begin…

1. Pele – £250m
2. Diego Maradona – £180m
3. Bobby Moore – £100m
4. Kenny Dalglish – £100m
5. Lionel Messi – £200m
6. Franz Beckenbauer – £100m
7. Johan Cruyff – £150m
8. Zico – £120m
9. George Best – £130m
10. Bobby Charlton – £120m
11. Paul Gascoigne – £85m
12. Gary Lineker – £60m
13. Graeme Souness – £50m
14. Roy Keane – £80m
15. Eric Cantona – £80m

I am on 15% for every agreed transfer fee.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Eddie Kaye July 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm

100 million quid for FRANK Beckenbaur? Maybe if it were Franz, that might be different…pedantic, Moi?

Big thing Charlie for me is not the money involved in the astronimical transfer fees, it is the total lack of loyalty it has brought. Clubs may pocket the readies, but the idea of the Bobby Moore-esque one club man is largely a thing of the past. With a few exceptions, the above spent the lions share of their careers at one club, did not attract massively disproportionate transfer fees or did not have their agents pimping them out to the highest bidders.


Charlie_East_West July 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Frankie Beckenbauer. A legend of pub football. Suitably amended to Franz.

Agents are to blame. But, considering the wages of the top players, they should just stay at their chosen club. Giggs/Man Utd is a perfect example. I would rather be acclaimed as a one club loyal hero rather than a mercenary who is difficult to place within a club’s history.


Eddie Kaye July 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Giggs, Scholes and Neville of the Gary Variety were that rare breed – but not without good reason. For one they were never on offer while SAF was there, secondly their performances kept things that way. There was simply nowhere else in the UK for them. I presume they were never interested in the move abroad – unlike Mr Beckham whose post UTD career was more like a tour of the world’s shopping hot spots for the benefit of Mrs Beckham.

It would have been interesting to see what any of their careers had been like had they come through City’s books at the same time.


Charlie_East_West July 31, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Club loyalty = Matthew Le Tissier


Eddie Kaye August 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

I’ve always wondered – was it just that he was content to be a big fish in a small pond. Not to take away from his loyalty to The Saints, but one does wonder.


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