We live in a sick world where TV money and billionaire owners have inflated the soccer transfer market like Bartolo Colon’s waistband. Paul Pogba’s blockbuster transfer is the most recent and egregious example of this trend. Manchester United paid more to sign him ($116 million plus another $5 million in performance incentives) than Juventus did to build their entire stadium ($117 million).
Quite a fitting number for Pogba, considering he only performs for 6 seconds. pic.twitter.com/sRWyGkyZCx
— Mike Sanz (@mikesanz19) August 9, 2016
Paul Pogba is a hell of a player, but when you’re talking about paying more in transfer fees (we’re not even counting wages) for a player than it cost to build the state-of-the-art stadium, something is wrong.
Juventus’ stadium holds 41,000 people and produces its own electricity using solar panels.
Paul Pogba holds the ball in midfield and produces electricity by rubbing a balloon on his head.
Sure, he adds a layer of intrigue to Manchester United’s season.
Between Pogba, Ibrahimovic, and Mourinho, Manchester United is the must-watch squad in the Premier League.
But I just can’t justify paying that much money for a player not named Lionel Messi.
Messi makes everyone around him better. Pogba is a force to be reckoned with, but does his presence on the field make his teammates play better?
It didn’t look like it during the Euro final, when his French squad fell to a Ronaldoless Portuguese side.
Paul Pogba is a phenomenal young player, but paying more for a 23-year-old midfielder than it cost to build the stadium for Italy’s oldest and most successful club is the height of insanity.