What’s better value: The Scream or Cristiano Ronaldo?

World of Sport

Edvard Munch's classic painting 'The Scream' officially became the world's most expensive artwork when it sold for $119,922,500 - or £74 million - earlier this week.

That's near enough the same amount that Real Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo three years ago (Ronaldo actually fetched £80m, but fluctuating exchange rates make these things impossible to compare exactly, with the prices almost identical in dollars or euros).

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Anyway, it got us thinking: if you had £74m burning a hole in your pocket, who would offer better value? The sublimely talented Portuguese winger or the sublimely melancholic Norwegian masterpiece?

We round up the pros and cons of each.

The Scream

Cristiano Ronaldo

Chilling depiction of human anxiety

Chilling depiction of human vanity

Never have a problem getting into the bathroom

Ideal 'ringer' for your local pub XI

Takes up a modest 36x28.9 inch spot on your wall

Every square inch of wall will need to be covered in mirrors

Unlikely to demand a transfer to another art collector

Comes with own collection of Ferraris

Value only likely to increase with age

Depreciating asset at its peak value

Great vision, but distinct lack of mobility

Will play football in the garden, but will always refuse to pass to you

Munch painted several different versions of The Scream

There is only one Ronaldo... unless you also count the fat, retired Brazilian one

No expense on tanning oil

Can help around the house with hoovering and washing up

Extensive security measures needed to avoid repeat of thefts in 1994 and 2004

Extensive security measures needed to avoid fans camping in the garden to snatch a glimpse

Happy to work for free

Wage bill estimated at £200,000-a-week

Will attract flocks of art connoisseurs from around the world

Will attract flocks of lingerie models from around the world

Nuisance calls from Charles Saatchi offering to buy it off you

Nuisance calls from Paris Hilton asking if Crissy can come out to play

Offers silent but profound commentary on the human condition

Will discuss new hair gel sponsorship while referring to itself in third person

Nagging sensation that you should have gone the whole hog and bought a Van Gogh

Nagging sensation that you should have gone the whole hog and bought Lionel Messi

The verdict: Buy the poster from Athena and a Playstation with a football game, then pocket the change and live in luxury for the rest of your life.

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