German World Cup Winner: I Was Not Shocked By Neymar’s Fee
Lothar Matthaeus: I Was Not Shocked By Neymar’s Fee
A German World Cup winner has explained why he was not shocked by Neymar’s €222 million world record transfer.
Lothar Matthaeus, who lifted the World Cup with Germany in 1990, spoke about Neymar’s mega deal to a group of foreign journalists, including Soccer Laduma’s David Kappel, who are invited to watch the German SuperCup in Dortmund.
“The transfer fee for Neymar is a massive amount. But Corentin Tolisso is also a young French player, who was relatively unknown, and Bayern paid €40 million for him,” he explained.
“And PSG paid for Neymar five times more, but Neymar is a brand, he is known all over the world. There is much more involved in the transfer, also marketing.
“I was not shocked about Neymar’s fee, but sometimes I’m shocked for to see clubs paying €30 or €40 million for average players.”
Mattheus now works as ambassador for the German Bundesliga and also highlighted that German clubs can’t spend such massive amounts on new players, but must focus on producing their own superstars.
“In Germany we have to understand, the market is much wider than just Germany. Real Madrid for example paid massive amounts for James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo,” he added.
“We have to work in another way to compete with these teams. We have good young players, we have great academies and we are building superstars.”
Matthaeus is Germany's most capped player in history and represented his country at five different World Cups. He lifted eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and two UEFA Cups – one with the German giants and one with Inter Milan, among many other accolades during his illustrious career.
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