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Phil Neville's funny response when asked how much he’d be worth today

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Transfer Deadline Day is one of the busiest times of the year for football clubs as they scramble to sign players to meet their team's needs before the transfer window slams shut until January the following year.

Over the past couple of seasons, we have seen the prices for some of the world's top footballers rise to extortionate prices, most notably the transfer of Neymar this summer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for £200 million.

Before the turn of the decade, however, those prices would have been laughed at, as the highest transfer at the time was the 2009 transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Inter Milan to Barcelona for £56 million.

It's crazy to think about what would the price be of players like Brazilian legend Ronaldo and French icon Zinedine Zidane would be in today's market with the money that's being thrown around these days, but it does provide an interesting discussion topic.

So while this year's Transfer Deadline Day hasn't been the most exciting, former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville was asked by BBC Sport's Dan Walker how much he thinks he would be worth in his prime in today's market, and he gave a rather funny response that all football fans will laugh at.

Neville said: "I think I'd be £3m with a lot of add ons if I won Balon dor etc."

The former English defender only moved once during his football career way back in 2005 when Manchester United sold him to Everton for £4.77 million according to Transfermarkt, which was arguably the prime of his career, so £3 million is a fair evaluation.

However, there's no chance that Neville would see any of that add on money for winning the Ballon d'Or.

Both of Neville's former clubs have made good deals to improve their squads during this transfer window. The Toffees notably signed Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, and Davy Klaassen, while the Red Devils have signed Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, as well as re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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