Santos President Says Neymar Is ‘Priceless’

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

When PSG swooped in (audaciously, making it an Audacious Swoop, which would be an incredible name for a band, a boat, or a character from a Dickensian nove) and purchased Lucas Moura from Sao Paolo for €45 million, it was natural to wonder how that would affect the price of Brazil’s biggest young transfer intrigue-laden star, Neymar. Lucas Moura goes for €45 million, so that means Neymar is worth…€55 million? €60 million? €70 million?!? Actually no; according to Santos’s chatty president Luis Alvaro, Lucas’s sale makes Neymar priceless.

“I am adamant in saying that Neymar is priceless,” Alvaro told Lance. “Millions and millions of euro, dollars and reais could not pay for him. He is a unique player, he’s distinguished, he is the great idol of Brazilian football, for whom it is impossible to negotiate for.”

Actually, it’s hard to refute Alvaro’s “priceless” statement, at least as long as Santos hold out on selling their phenom. Neymar is “priceless” if no price offered, no matter how high, will pry him out of the club’s hands. Santos wants to keep Neymar until after the 2014 World Cup, and to this point, all of the rumors swirling around the preternaturally gifted forward have been premature or unfounded. Since Alvaro is the one making the decision on Neymar’s sale or lack thereof, he’s the only one capable of determining whether or not Neymar is actually “priceless.”

So, like the Mona Lisa, the statue of David, and other famous works of art that are unavailable for purchase simply because the current owners have no desire to sell, thereby making them impossible to value, Neymar is “priceless.” Temporarily priceless perhaps, but priceless nonetheless.

Unless, of course, someone wants to pay the £57 million buyout clause on Neymar’s contract and Neymar wants to leave the club now. That’s €72 million at current rates. It’s a lot of money, but it is a price.

Which means Neymar isn’t priceless at all. Never mind.

Source: Soccernet

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