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The 3 most expensive strikers in the world: are they worth the money?

There is just over a fortnight to go until the transfer market closes, but vast sums have already been spent on transfers. However, the largest cash injections haven’t come from the usual markets. In Spain, Italy and England plenty of transfers have been made but the most money has been spent in France. Paris Saint Germain and AS Monaco are now wealthy enough to compete with clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Edison Cavani joined PSG from Napoli for a staggering £55 million. Radamel Falcao joined AS Monaco from Atletico Madrid for £51 million. Also, Barcelona dug deep into their pockets to buy Brazilian superstar Neymar for £49 million. But are these players really worth such huge sums of money? Are they goal-getters that will deliver for their new teams?

  Number 3: Neymar £49 million

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Barcelona splashed £49 million on Brazilian star Neymar da Silva Santos Junior. Unlike Falcao and Cavani, Neymar hasn’t proven himself to be a world class striker just yet, although there are no doubts about his talent. In his home country he is even considered to be the new Pele. Coming from the Brazilian league we need to give Neymar some time to see if he can really make a difference in the far superior Spanish league. Barcelona is considered to be one of the best teams in the world and it is uncertain that Neymar has the sheer class to play on a similar level or even outshine his teammates.

It will be great to see how the Messi/Neymar combination will work. If these two players click on the field it is hard to say who will be able to stop them. Barcelona is the biggest challenge he has had in his short career. The Brazilian forward deserves some time as he’s only 21 years old. With the ball on his feet, Neymar is almost unstoppable. His temperament and selfishness raise concerns however.

Number 2: Radamel Falcao £51 million

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Radamel Falcao joined French side AS Monaco from Atletic Madrid for £51 million. Monaco were promoted from the second tier last season and yet they are far more likely to win the Ligue 1 national title than struggle against relegation.

They’ve bought players with international allure such as Ricardo Carvalho, João Moutinho, Jérémy Toulalan and Éric Abidal. Falcao will make even more money than his colleague Cavani at PSG. The Colombian will be on the wage bill for around £12 million per year. Falcao is in his prime. Last year he scored 28 goals, making him the third best striker in Spain after Messi and Ronaldo. In the form Falcao is currently in, it is expected Monaco have bought at least 20 goals for the coming season. He has already proven to be a great striker at big clubs, including Porto and Atletico Madrid and at 27 years old, he still has some room left to improve his game.

 

Number 1: Edinson Cavani £55 million

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 As mentioned before, Uruguayan striker Cavani joined French side PSG for a staggering £55 million. He is well-known for his impressive work ethic and his ability to score the most amazing goals. Not only does he score goals of beauty but the sheer number of shots that hit the back of the net is extremely impressive. Last season he became the top scorer of Serie A. He follows the same path to PSG as the best Serie A striker of 2011-2012, Zlatan Ibrahimović. It was Cavani’s best season so far, scoring 29 goals in 34 appearances in the Italian league. His period at Napoli has been very successful as he scored 78 goals in 104 matches. Seeing that he is only 26 years old there is a whole lot more to be expected from the prolific sharp shooter. Edison Cavani is in the ascendancy and his best years are yet to come. Paris Saint Germain have bought a player with a good reputation and excellent work ethic. It is to be expected that Cavani will deliver and score at least 20 goals next season. His salary won’t an obstacle for working hard as he’ll be making £8.6 million euros. However, it will be interesting to see how the combination of Cavani and Swedish hot-head Ibrahimovic turns out.

 

About the author

Jamie Waddell is a sports and pharmaceuticals writer for Chemist Direct based in London. When he’s not playing, watching or writing about football you can find him getting thrashed at fantasy premier league. He supports West Ham.

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1 Comment

  1. footieanalyst says:

    Neymar might be worth every penny, but seriously doubt the other two. Greed took its part in those two transfers.

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