Monday, January 7, 2013

My Kingdom for a Goal!

As soccer players, the world over, earn headlines for their staggering salaries, how do we put this into context?  This blog tries to quantify which teams get the most goal-scoring bang for their buck.  In other words, how much does a goal cost?

This varies widely, Messi made headlines last year for scoring 90 goals, 50 of which were for his club. Consequently, Barcelona shelled out $400,000 per goal for his services.

Madrid paid Ronaldo $352k for each of his goals.  Remember, many of these goals were scored at other stadiums.

In England, RVP earned a paltry $72k for his 30 goals - no wonder he left Arsenal.  Here's how much the top goal scorers were paid for their goals in England last year:

Rank Player Team Goals Salary/Goal
1 Robin Van Persie Arsenal 30 $71,857
2 Wayne Rooney Manchester United 27 $182,495
3 Sergio Agüero Manchester City 23 $151,755
4 Emmanuel Adebayor Tottenham Hotspur 17 $320,278
4 Yakubu Aiyegbeni Blackburn Rovers 17 $65,940
4 Clint Dempsey Fulham 17 $176,471
7 Demba Ba Newcastle United 16 $120,104

What do you think about this way of representing players' salaries?  Is it any surprise that RVP left Arsenal, when you see how much the other top goal-scorers earn?


  1. Rubbish way of representing players' salaries, because it doesn't take into account assists, key passes, defensive contributions...

  2. Sure, it is just meant as one way of representing what you get from a player. After all, teams thrive on scoring (and preventing) goals.