Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract has a 250 million Euro buy out clause while Cristiano Ronaldo has a 1 billion Euro buy out clause at Real Madrid.
This got us to wondering what sort of buy out clauses some of the best players to have ever graced the game would have if they were playing right now.
What hasn’t already been said about Gerd Muller and his record for club and country? He scored 398 in 453 games for Bayern Munich, 68 goals in 62 matches for West Germany and has an overall club record of 487 goals in 555 matches. These figures alone have to put him on the same sort of level as Ronaldo, easily.
Estimate: £1 billion
Pele was undoubtedly one of the best strikers of his generation and his prolific strike rate rivals Messi’s. He’d be representing Brazil, a football mad country and his European appeal would be massive in terms of marketing for any side. In short, any side would have to pay silly money for his contract.
Estimate: £500 million
Lineker was one of the best strikers around during his playing days with a record of 243 goals in 466 games for all clubs as well as 48 in 80 matches for England. Slightly lower profile than many other individuals but his goalscoring ability would be his biggest asset.
Estimate: £250 million
The late great George Best would probably be in his element if he was playing right now; being paid more than ever before with some widespread social activities getting him into the headlines for the wrong reasons. Massively popular but slightly unreliable away from a football pitch.
Estimate: £100 million
Possibly the greatest Argentinean forward of all time. Again, he’d be a massive marketing figure for the club that owned him and his ability as a football player would be worth tens of millions in itself. However, his unpredictable nature away from the pitch may force a slightly lower clause.
Estimate: £80 million
Give us your own estimates and valuations.