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What If Rugby Players Were Valued At The Same Price As Footballers

This summer has already seen some crazy football transfers. 

Although Kurtley Beale will become the highest paid rugby player on the planet when he joins Wasps, his £1.5 million pound salary is still some way off that which is paid to football’s elite players. Indeed, it remains relatively uncommon for players to transfer to another club while under contract.

If anything, this summer has only served to emphasise the financial gap between the sports, with Paul Pogba’s rumoured transfer from Juventus to Manchester United set to break the £100,000,000 mark.

However, instead of asking how a single player can be worth so much, we have instead decided to project the value of footballers onto rugby players, based on either their most recent transfer, buy out clause or in Pogba’s case, unrelenting speculation.



3 messi smith

Arguably the best players in their respective sports, Lionel Messi and Ben Smith have the ability to cascade through any defence.

Although there is little chance of the Argentinian magician leaving Barcelona in the near future, any club that hopes to lure him away from the Nou Camp will have to meet the massive £250 million release clause in his contract.



1 pogba itoje

Both Paul Pogba and Maro Itoje have left their marks on the international scene this season.

They are both athletic, aggressive, dangerous at the set piece and most crucially of all, win turnovers in the middle of the field.


[tie_slide] 11 ronaldo biggar

After almost inventing his own style of free taking, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of footballs best marksmen. Not only that, but he shapes his body like that of a rugby player before dispatching his shots at goal with unrivalled accuracy.

Similarly, Dan Biggar developed the Biggarena, enabling the Welsh fly half strike penalties with almost unerring accuracy.


[tie_slide]7 neymar hogg

Strong in possession, quick, and with an uncanny ability to expose space, both Neymar and Stuart Hogg are at their best when they attack defenders from deep lying positions.

They each have the ability to play in a number of positions, and are among the best attacking players in their respective sports.


[tie_slide]8 griezmann williams

Antoine Griezmann has demonstrated his fantastic ability throughout the European Championships this summer, beating defenders and putting team-mates into space.

Not too dissimilar from Sonny Bill Williams, who draws defenders before releasing an offload to an oncoming player. Williams would have been higher on the list but for his age.


[tie_slide]5 aguero north 60

Aggressive, powerful, but susceptible to injury, Sergio Aguero and George North can force their way past the strongest defenders.

On their day, both players are almost impossible to stop. Aguero’s will power saw Manchester City win the Premier League in 2012 with a last minute goal against QPR. While North simply refused to be tackled by Israel Folau during the 2013 Lions tour.

[tie_slide]4 ozil folau

Mesut Ozil and Israel Folau are two of the most creative players in the world. However, while both can command substantial transfer fees, they can also be accused of going missing in big games.




[tie_slide]9 costa tuilagi

Disciplinary problems, run ins with the police and persistent injuries have hampered the careers of Diego Costa and Manu Tuilagi.

However both remain key cogs of their respective sides. Tuilagi and Costa use their immense power to brush past defenders on their way to scoring.


[tie_slide]2 hummels pocock

Germany tend to struggle when Mats Hummels is missing, as do Australia when Pocock has been afflicted with injury.

While both players are technically gifted, they are susceptible to injury, forcing Hummels and Pocock miss a lot of game time.


[tie_slide]6 kompany haskell 30

Committed to a fault, Vincent Kompany and James Haskell have each put their bodies on the line over recent seasons. Both players have also become key leaders for their clubs, and share similar competitive traits.


Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.