Paris Saint-Germain dropped some big bucks to lure Neymar away from FC Barcelona on Thursday when they made the Brazilian star the most expensive soccer player in history.
The French club paid Barca a world-record transfer fee of €222 million, or $331,637.905.58 Canadian, to shatter the previous mark set last summer when Manchester United shelled out €105 million to get French midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus.
What else could you get for $331,637.905.58? We’re glad you asked…
• You could pay off most of the national debt of Seychelles ($400,000,000), a tiny island nation off the coast of Somalia.
• You could go to the top of the Eiffel Tower 13,056,610 times. A ticket for one elevator trip costs $25.40. Vomit bags not included.
• You could buy 185,722,537 baguettes at Cyril Lignac, considered one of the best bakeries in Paris. One baguette will set you back $1.79.
• Last year, a private collector paid $1,175,000 US at a New York auction for The Inverted Jenny, a rare stamp from 1918 that was printed with an accidental image of a plane upside down. One hundred are believed to be in existence. You could buy all 100 with $331,637.905.58 and still have plenty of cash left over. Maybe buy a few envelopes, too?
• At $114,614 US per bottle, Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945 is one of the most expensive wines in the world. You could afford quite a few cases of the prized vino with Neymar’s transfer fee.
• Opened in 1909, The Plaza Athénée is one of the most famous – and expensive – hotels in Paris. How expensive? A luxury suite costs €3000 per night. You, your kids, your grandchildren, your great-grandchildren, and your great-great-grandchildren could afford to stay for 203 consecutive years.
• Do you like movies? Have you seen “Dunkirk” yet? The summer flick cost a reported $150 million US. If you fancy yourself a film producer and want to have a go at it, you could easily finance a major blockbuster.
• Each year, the city of Paris digs up and replaces 10,000 tons of old cobblestones as it rebuilds or repaves its streets. The used cobblestones are being offered for sale online, and usually fetch $160 US each. For the equivalent of Neymar’s transfer fee, you could get 16,497,760 stones. You’d be able to build one hell of a backyard patio.
• Feel like eating dinner one night in Paris? Try Monnaie de Paris, a famous restaurant with three Michelin stars that overlooks the Louvre and the Pont Neuf. Go for the 18-course meal that features roasted lobster and artichoke soup with black truffles. At $525 US per person, you could afford to bring 502,801 of your closest friends. Be sure to leave a big tip!
• Why not put some of that money to good use, right? Every seven years, the city of Paris sends in a team of workers to re-paint by hand every crevice, every nut, every bolt and every beam of the Eiffel Tower. Total cost of the job? €4 million euros. Don’t be a cheapskate – buy a few million gallons of paint and help keep Paris beautiful.