Did Anthony Martial just score the most expensive goal of the season?
If football had a currency, it would be goals – teams pay a premium for the players who score them, and Anthony Martial is no exception.
The France striker joined Manchester United from Monaco in September 2015 for £36 million – a large fee for a teenager – but with add-ons, he has proven even more expensive.
The first of those add-ons came into play after Martial scored his 25th goal for the club in a 2-0 win against Burnley – United will pay Monaco £8.5 million as a result.
That’s a pretty expensive goal.
Yes, United agreed to pay Monaco £8.5 million after the forward scored his 25th goal for the club, but other add-ons could take his eventual transfer fee over £60 million – another £8.5 million will be owed to Monaco if Martial reaches 25 France caps (he is currently on 15) and a further £10 million if he is shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or.
However, it was a lovely goal, so perhaps it was worth the money.
Couldn’t he have just provided the assist? Those come much cheaper.