Brazilian professional footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is on the verge of reaching new heights in football, and the broader world of business acquisitions.
His record-breaking 222 million euro (USD$263 million) transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain is set to be completed this week, and the overall package will become the most expensive investment ever in a player.
Viewing the transaction in a business context, Thomson Reuters insight and data show the deal would be the 30th biggest all-time acquisition of a Brazilian target by a French acquirer, if evaluated in the context of traditional business-to-business acquisitions. The move also places football among a list of high-value target industry sectors like telecommunications and oil and gas.
All-time top French acquisitions of Brazilian companies
Deals listed by ranking value, including net debt of target (Euro mil) as of Aug. 3, 2017.
Target industry sectors for French acquisitions of Brazilian companies
Market share determined by collective ranking value, including net debt of target (Euro mil).
And Neymar’s move won’t only make a splash in business and sports – the French taxman is delighted by the news too.