Premier League TV deal: Twelve alternative ways to splash £5.136billion

A desert island? 321 Lionel Messis? What could you buy with the £5.136billion earned by the Premier League in TV rights money?

Tuesday saw the Premier League announce a record £5.136billion deal with Sky Sports and BT Sport to show top-flight matches in the UK for three years from the 2016-17 season.

The agreement lays out plans for the broadcasters to show 168 live matches between them per season, and dwarfs the current arrangement which is worth just over £3billion.

Financial experts Deloitte say they see no sign of the "media rights bubble" bursting any time soon and, with money continuing to pour into the top level of the English game, we look at a few alternative ideas for how you could splash that amount of cash.

  • Aston Villa Football Club, 5,136 times over on reported market value - or just the once and a very healthy transfer kitty
  • 3,021 Formula One cars
  • 4,265,780 direct return flights from London Heathrow to New York
  • 57,707,865 scuba diving lessons in the Great Barrier Reef
  • 28,533,333 three-course meals for two at the Ritz (with champagne)
  • 94,205 nights in the most expensive hotel room in the world, the Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson, in Geneva. However, it's safe to say you could stay a lifetime, as your £5.136bn would go towards keeping you there for just over 258 years
  • 21 Boeing 747 jets
  • Lionel Messi on his current contract for a further 321 years
  • 3,959,907 tickets to the 2018 World Cup Final in Moscow
  • 768,517 identical watches to the ones Cristiano Ronaldo apparently bought his Real Madrid team-mates after winning La Decima
  • 139,083,557 donkey tours around Santorini

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