Paris Saint-Germain solved their goalkeeper woes this past summer when they signed Keylor Navas from Real Madrid for a reported fee of €15 million (AS) and Alphonse Areola, PSG’s starter before the arrival of Navas, was shipped to Madrid on loan for the season.
It’s not that the Frenchman was bad per se, he just isn’t at the same level that Navas is. The Costa Rican is a three-time UEFA Champions League winner and at 32-years-old, Navas is a commanding presence between the sticks. He’s played in the biggest games and his mental prowess will be vital as PSG advance in the Champions League.
That kind of experience and quality rarely comes at the reasonable fee PSG paid. The €15 million spent on Navas wouldn’t even make it on ESPN‘s list of the 10 most expensive goalkeepers and while some of those players have loads of potential, very few of them have experienced the pressure that comes with playing in a Champions League final.
While the transfer fee is very reasonable, Paris Saint-Germain made sure to compensate Navas by way of a salary that is the sixth-highest at the club as reported by L’Equipe. According to their sources in Spain, the former Madrid man makes €1 million in gross salary per month or €250,000 per week, which is only behind Neymar Jr., Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Angel Di Maria.
These numbers are all before taxes, which you have to pay unless your name is Lionel Messi. After those deductions, Navas makes in the neighborhood of €600,000 per month or approximately €7.2 million per year. That is a substantial increase over the reported €5 million Navas made at Real Madrid. They really didn’t treat him well did they? You can view more PSG salaries via SillySeason.com.
Through seven games, Navas has been outstanding for PSG. He’s allowed only two goals (both in a loss to Stade de Reims) and has kept six clean sheets in all competitions—including one against his former team Real Madrid. More importantly, Navas has yet to make the head-scratching error that plagued Areola and former keeper Kevin Trapp.
There’s no doubt that Navas has been great thus far and sporting director Leonardo deserves a lot of credit for negotiating the transfer. As we all know though, the real test will come in the knockout stage of the Champions League. That is where stars truly earn their money.
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