Cristiano Ronaldo money value marred? Ajax team that beat Juventus costs just half of amount paid for ex Real Madrid star
The Ajax side that stunned Juventus to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1997, stunningly costs half of what the Italian giants paid Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo. Almost half of the 11 players that started for Ajax in the 2nd leg at Turin, did not cost Ajax a single dollar.
The Ajax side that stunned Juventus to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1997, stunningly costs half of what the Italian giants paid Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo. Almost half of the 11 players that started for Ajax in the 2nd leg at Turin, did not cost Ajax a single dollar. Joel Veltman, Matthijs de Ligt, Noussair Mazraoui and Donny van den Beek were promoted from the club's academy while Lasse Scone was a free transfer from Dutch club NEC. The most expensive player in the team is Daley Blind who also had graduated from the club's academy before joining Manchester United. He was bought back for €16 million. Hakim Ziyech, Dusan Tadic and David Neres were signed for €12 million or less. Goalkeeper Andre Onana, one of the players on Barcelona’s radar, cost Ajax €150,000 euros when he joined from La Masia in 2015.
The club has done some smart business over the last few years. It has sold players worth over €200 million, and purchased footballers approximately worth €115 million. Fourteen members in the current squad are either graduates from the academy or started playing first-team football at Ajax. The average age of the side is just 24 years, making it the youngest in this year's tournament along with CSKA Moscow.
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Here is what Ajax side that played Juventus costs:
GK: Andre Onana – €150,000
RB: Joel Veltman – free (academy)
CB: Matthijs de Ligt – free (academy)
CB: Daley Blind – €16m
LB: Noussair Mazraoui – free (academy)
CDM: Lasse Schone – free transfer
CDM: Frenkie de Jong – €1 (one euro)
RM: Hakim Ziyech €11m
CAM: Donny van de Beek – free (academy)
LM: David Neres – €12m
ST: Dusan Tadic – €11.5m
Total – €50.65m
On the other hand, Juventus was full of stars, with Ronaldo alone purchased for whopping €100m from Real Madrid last summer. Ronaldo was chasing his sixth Champions League title and scored a 28th-minute header to put Juve ahead after a 1-1 first-leg draw.
Shares in Juventus plunged as much as a quarter in value on Wednesday after the shocking loss. Shares in the Dutch club, in contrast, surged to a record high. Juventus has won the Italian league title seven times in a row, but has never managed to win the "treble" of the domestic league, Italy`s cup competition and the Champions League.