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.
Anthony Martial has now scored 25 goals across all competitions since joining Man Utd.
The €10m goal. 🤑 pic.twitter.com/DA3Ny61LOb
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 23, 2017
Manchester United now have to pay Monaco extra £8.5m after Anthony Martial scored his 25th competitive Utd goal. Most expensive goal ever?
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) April 23, 2017
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.
That's a darn fine goal from Martial. Sense Manchester United will be genuine title challengers next season.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 23, 2017
#mufc will now pay Monaco £8.5m for that goal but it was worth it. Scintillating stuff and 'Tony Martial scores again' is the chant.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) April 23, 2017
Couldn’t he have just provided the assist? Those come much cheaper.