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 Ag├╝ero 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?

2 comments:

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

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  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.

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