Who is the most expensive transfer in futbol history? The answer is Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. with a record breaking transfer fee of 222 million euros (263 million dollars) The 25-year-old Brazilian international currently plays for Ligue 1 giant Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Just 2 month ago, Neymar was still a part of the Barcelona’s treble winning front three, alongside Lionel Messi, and Luis Suarez. This transfer didn’t just happen over night, it has been dragging on for almost the entirety of this summer transfer window. For a detailed timeline of Neymar’s transfer to PSG, you can find it here. Throughout this summer, “news” reporting this transfer comes out almost everyday, each time, somebody has “new” breaking updates about the transfer which usually goes something like this “Neymar 200% staying at Barcelona… ,” or “Neymar to PSG done deal, to be announced this Friday…” All of the reports except the PSG’s official announcement are technically considered unreliable, but why do people buy into them?
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Whether Neymar should ditch Barca and Join PSG is still up for debate, time will tell whether he made the right choice (please do not start a comment war on this!). However it’s certainly interesting and worrying to see people get so worked up by these “news” reports, regardless of their authenticity.
Neymar transfer saga is just a tip of the iceberg. Futbol and transfer “news” are almost inseparable, from the never-ending David de Gea to Madrid, to the ‘prodigal son’ Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United, transfer “news” is an integral part of the game. Some of them turn out to be true some of them are plain BS but somehow people are obsessed with them. Does this screams out fake news to anyone? But unlike the usual fake news, transfer “news” are hardly political. According to the Pizz, politics and pure fiction, conventional fake news can be categorized into two types: the purely ideological type, aimed to appeal to those who share the same ideal, and the cash driven click-baiting type whose sole purpose is to generate money. Transfer “news” have a perfect blend of both types of the fake news. Similar to the ideological type, they ‘pushing their news further into the extreme‘ for the purpose of generating more view counts and clicks to make money. I think transfer “news” are appealing in the sense that there’re always two sides to a story and whichever side you are on, there’re always news reports that line up with your opinion on the story. In the case of Neymar’s transfer, Barcelona fans are happy to accept the reports that Neymar is staying at Camp Nou, and completely disregard the reports that Neymar is indeed leaving. On the other hand, PSG fans are thrilled to hear reports of Neymar, the third best play on the planet behind Messi and Ronaldo, is joining their club. In Psychology, this is known as confirmation bias, “the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s preexisting beliefs or hypotheses.” So what do you think about futbol fake “news”? Leave a comment down below for your dream transfer!