The warmer months of 2017 will surely go down as the “summer of Neymar” after the Barcelona striker managed to wiggle out of his contract with Barcelona F.C. and find a new home at Paris Saint-Germain where he will no longer have the luxury of playing alongside fellow world class strikers like Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
There’s no debating his skills on the pitch; having amassed 68 goals in 112 appearances en route to two Spanish Championships and a Champions League title in 2015. However, the unprecedented transfer fee of $263 million USD — making it the largest such sum of money ever paid — is still hard to fathom even in an era where owners are making huge returns on their investments. Add in Neymar’s guaranteed yearly salary of $53 million USD and the whole transaction to get him to Paris cost a whopping $528 million USD.
When Neymar was announced to a packed new conference at the Parc des Princes, he insisted that he wasn’t driven by money. However, PSG’s CEO, Nasser Ghanim Al-Khelaifi, said that his signing increased the value of the team by a third, to $1.75 billion USD, overnight.
With the half-a-billion exchange now solidified, we couldn’t help but ponder what else you could do with that money besides sign a 25-year-old Brazilian striker.
Here are the craziest ideas we could find.
Buy the two most expensive homes in the United States
Bruce Makowsky’s Bel-Air Spec House is the most expensive home to ever be put on the market with a whopping price tag of $250 million USD. At 38,000 square feet, a potential owner has access to 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, 6 bars, 3 kitchens, 40-seat home theater, bowling alley, 85-foot infinity pool, and a car collection valued alone at $30 million USD.
But of course, if one house is good, then two is even better.
The Manor in Holmby Hills, on the Westside of Los Angeles, is worth an estimated $200 million USD. Featuring 56,500 square feet of space — 1,500 square feet larger than the White House — key features include 14 bedrooms, 27 bathrooms, tennis court, koi pond, citrus orchard and a swimming pool. In total, there are precisely 123 different rooms on the property.
Even after all of that, a person would still have $75 million USD left over.
Buy a fleet of 737’s
Priced at $82.4 million USD a pop, you could essentially fund your own airline with six 737-700 airplanes at your disposal.
It’s certainly not the most economically viable option. A 737 burns precisely one gallon of fuel every five seconds.
Book Kanye West for a year straight
Kanye West’s 18-week tour in 2016 in support of his project, The Life of Pablo, grossed $35 million over the course of 26 shows. His six-night stint at The Forum in Inglewood, CA earned him more than $8.2 million at the box office. From those numbers we can derive that West made an average of $1.3 million USD a night.
For the biggest Kanye West fan out there, you could book the enigmatic rapper to perform for you for 406 days in a row.
Fund 5 more seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’
With the end of Game of Thrones drawing ever closer, someone with a thick pocket could reasonably foot the bill for five more years of entertainment based on current rates which state that the fantasy epic requires $100 million per season.
Buy 9,263 Supreme x Louis Vuitton Trunks
If you’re going to be thirsty, why not be extra thirsty and drop that wad of cash on the $57,000-a-piece Malle Courrier 90 trunk.
Vaccinate millions of children
According to Doctors without Borders, the average immunization cost for adolescent children to protect agains 12 major diseases like rubella, measles and pneumococcal diseases is $38 USD.
Thus, a person could potentially save the lives of 13,894,736 kids around the world.
Own a piece of the moon
The moon itself is 9,383,748,198 acres and can currently he bought and sold like real estate. Certain areas — like the “Lunar Alps” — which is situated high on a sweeping peninsula that separates the Sea Of Cold and the Sea Of Rains and is the moon equivalent to the Swiss Alps — is viewed as the most desirable spot.
The current asking price for an acre of land on the moon is a measly $30 USD. For someone with money like PSG’s ownership, they could purchase 17,600,00 acres.
Fund a piece of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop
Elon Musk hopes to revolutionize the way we traverse the country thanks to his proposed Hyperoloop — a a new mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly by gradually accelerating them via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube.
The short-term goal of Musk’s team is to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco. The 381 mile journey by car usually takes about 6 hours. The Hyperloop would make it possible in just 30 minutes.
Early estimates indicate that the ambitious project will take about $6 billion USD. For those wanting to push the boundaries on both time and space, you could become nearly a 10 percent investor in the vision.
Buy 5,280 versions of Drake’s Stone Island Chain
Featuring 880 grams of gold that intermingles with green, canary yellow and black diamonds that make up the Stone Island logo, Drake’s chain set him back $100,000 USD as he embarked on his The Boy Meets World Tour.
For more Neymar action, check him out dropping $18,000 USD on sneakers.
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