Wikipedia says ‘Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Milan. Ibrahimović is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the past 20 years.’
Euronews reported this morning that ‘AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the 500th and 501st club goals of his career against Crotone in Serie A on Sunday to continue his remarkable form at the age of 39.’
Let’s assume his annual salary averages €5 million. That suggests his career salary has earned him 100 million which makes each club goal worth €200,000.
What would you pay for a goal? Or a score in the NFL?
Last night was Super Bowl LV and Tom Brady threw touchdowns to seize victory in his home stadium. Tampa Bay is his new home stadium where he’s played just one season as a warm Buccaneer after 20 years a chilly Patriot, based halfway between Boston and Providence. Brady has won seven Super Bowls and been the most valuable player in five of them, including last night when the host franchise was in the final for the first time in 55 Super Bowls.
They say 43 year-old Brady has earned some $350 million in his 21 year career. That includes endorsements and other off-field income. It seems that his salary has averaged at least $10 million per annum over the same period. The stats say he’s completed 581 touchdown passes which values each at about $361,000.
Brady ranks 81st among the world’s outrageously compensated athletes, as compiled by Forbes in late 2019. The top three earners are soccer players Messi, Ronaldo and Neymeyer, the first time this has happened since Forbes started their annual review in 1990.
Their goals are so eyewateringly expensive that I’m in a better place to understand why the ragged kids who play football on the beaches of Africa wear knock-off jerseys from Spain and Italy and rarely England or Germany.