And another big deal completed -- in this case by Benfica, selling Gonçalo Guedes to Paris Saint-Germain for €30 million plus up to €7m on a future sell-on fee.
However much we at PortuGOAL trumpet Portuguese football, is it undeniably one of Europe’s lower-profile leagues, so how come it plays such a prominent role in the global transfer market and commands such high fees for its best players?
“How is it possible? Portuguese football is at the level of the best in Europe,” says Portuguese agent Nuno Correia, owner of NCfoot, a Portuguese agency. “Proof of this is we have the best player in the world, Portugal are European Champions, we have the best coach in the world and we have the most important agent in the world.”
Writing for ESPN, Tom Kundert explores the many contributing factors that have converged to make Portugal the perfect stage to breed, attract, develop and sell footballers of above-average calibre.
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