Neymar was set to switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in what would have been the richest participant transaction in sports historical past. Would have been. Juan de Dios Crespo, a sports lawyer, arrived on the La Liga workplaces on Thursday with a examine, in full, for the €222 million ($263.three million U.S.) and was turned away. By way of ESPN FC:
“We will affirm that the authorized representatives of the participant [Neymar] got here to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected. That is all the knowledge we may give in the mean time.”
Someone refused to simply accept a examine for greater than a quarter-of-a-billion dollars. No particulars on why, however it’s in all probability as a result of La Liga president Javier Tebas thinks PSG is doping financially. That’s proper, there are accusations of financial impropriety in soccer. Surprising. By way of ESPN FC:
“Principally, the grievance shall be over unfair competitors and towards groups that obtain monetary injections from house owners that ‘present’ gamers to their followers by taking them away from others. PSG are a clear instance of ‘monetary doping’ by membership/state.
“PSG’s accounts mirror that they’ve extra business revenue than Actual Madrid or Manchester United, which is to say that their model worth is greater than these two golf equipment. Nicely, that’s unimaginable.”
That is a powerful principled stand by Tebas. Particularly since he might not have any authorized grounds to reject the cost. It’s additionally a fairly unimaginable testomony to the star energy of Neymar. You would assume that no participant is greater than the most important sports league on the planet, however he’s helpful sufficient to show down principally all of the cash.
So is Neymar value it? Would you flip down a quarter-of-a-billion dollars simply because the cash wasn’t all from ticket, snack and merchandise gross sales?