Santos FC: Neymar Makes the Top 10 Expensive Footballers List

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IMarch 25, 2012

Neymar: Santos FC VS FC Barcelona
Neymar: Santos FC VS FC BarcelonaLintao Zhang/Getty Images

The online magazine Futebol Finance (in a h/t to RT) published their list of the most expensive footballers. Neymar of Santos FC is the first person in the list with a buyout clause of $79 million for any interested team.

Neymar is followed by Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund, Mario Balotelli of Manchester City, Eden Hazard of Lille and Jack Wilshire of Arsenal in the top-five bracket.

The bottom-five packet is Thiago Alacantara of FC Barcelona, Yann M'Vila of Rennes, Phil Jones of Manchester United, David de Gea of Manchester United and Alan Dzagoev of CSKA Moscow.

When reading about the high costs of footballers, it is great to take a look at the UEFA Financial Fair Play Act. The UEFA Financial Fair Play Act is supposed to rein in the high costs of footballers and clubs.

The clubs must have a balanced budget before signing new players. The clubs are supposed to present their budgets before UEFA in order to receive approval for signing new players.

It is often asked if the UEFA Financial Fair Play Act protects clubs against exorbitant prices like the one Santos FC asks for Neymar. It is hoped that one day the concept of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Act would extend to other associations such as the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.

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