Football has changed at a crazy speed, especially compared to the amount spent on player transfers.
You only have to look at the numbers from the past years to see that the numbers have climbed staggeringly in the world of football.
Two decades ago, Ronaldo, Zidane, Shearer and Romario switched teams that same summer. For the four players, just 40 million euros were spent. Today, for the same amount, it is impossible for clubs like Manchester City, for example, to recruit a defender …
Things have changed. Football sees astronomical sums of money, to the point of seeing the PSG spend 222 million euros to recruit Neymar. This is almost 200% of the price that Barça spent in 1996 to recruit Ronaldo, the best player at the time and one of the best strikers in history.
That same summer, Shearer became the most expensive rookie in Europe after joining Newcastle for 18 million euros. Ronaldo costed Barça 15 million, Romario went to Valencia for 6 million and Zidane joined Juve for 5 million.