That’s how long football stars have to play for their homes

After leaving the World Cup, it’s back to home. But how long does the football elite have to play on the pitch to pay the cost of their houses? In many cases surprisingly short.

With the salary from just two games, Manuel Neuer has already paid for his house on Tegernsee.

Dhe soccer World Cup did not go as hoped for Germany. After the disgrace of Kazan it was over for the German national team, the players returned home after the elimination. There they can recover from the hardships in their millions of villas. But the chic domiciles don’t pay for themselves. How long the players had to work for it, the provider of painting and flooring work has calculated Weissmaler.

The house price and the annual income of each football player in 2017/18 were taken into account, as well as the number of league games, the playing time of each player and the resulting salary per minute.

Accordingly, it took Sami Khedira the longest to finance his 4 million euro house in Stuttgart: namely 1922 minutes of play – that corresponds to around 21 games. No wonder, Khedira got the lowest salary at Juventus Turin with 4 million euros in the 2017/18 season.

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) bought the most expensive house in London. Total purchase price: 11.39 million euros. In the 2017/18 season he earned 18 million euros. That corresponds to around 8317 euros per game minute. So he had to play a comparatively long time of around 15 times 90 minutes to afford his house.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern Munich) is different: He had a modern building built on Tegernsee near Munich, which he had earned in 180 minutes of play, i.e. in two complete games. This puts him in second place among the players.

Eight minutes play for a tenement in Paris

Only Brazil’s superstar Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) had to play even shorter to cover his housing costs for a year – he lives for rent. For a year he needs eight minutes with a salary of 20,604 euros per minute of play. Instead of building a million dollar villa, they are satisfied with a tenement house in Paris that costs 14,000 euros per month. And that despite the fact that he received the highest salary of all the examined players with 36.84 million euros.

The cheapest house is owned by Paul Pogba (Manchester United) in Manchester. It cost a total of 3.3 million. For comparison: he received 16.9 million euros in the 2017/18 football season. He had to kick for 420 minutes of play. This is followed by World Cup stars Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) with 492 minutes for his villa in Barcelona and Christiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) with 533 minutes for his house in Madrid.