Galileo, the horse that is worth more than Cristiano and Messi

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This thoroughbred is a mine and has spawned a dynasty of racing champions. It’s price reaches almost 200 million euros.

Coolmore Stud, in Fethard (County Tipperary), Ireland, is home to the world’s largest thoroughbred racehorse breeding operations. Galileo lives there in his stables, a specimen valued at about 200 million euros. If you take the Transfermarkt website as a reference, Cristiano Ronaldo, with 60 million, and Messi, with 100, have a lower market estimate… together. His services as a stud are not public, although The Sun speculates that they cost around 700,000 euros.

Galileo was born in Ireland on March 30, 1998 and his competitive career was very successful: he won his first six races in nine months. He retired after his only loss, at the Breeder’s Cup Classic at Belmont Park in New York. It was the only time he swapped grass for sand. He won prizes worth 1.7 million euros. His father, Sadler’s Wells, gave more than 2,000 winners and was the most successful in British history until his arrival.

Because the 2019 Epsom Derby offered the curiosity that Galileo was the father, grandfather or great-grandfather of 12 of the 13 participants. With 89 Group 1 date winners, he surpassed the 84 milestone Danehill, also from Coolmore stable, who died in 2003. When he went into production in 2002, introducing him to a mare was paid at £ 50,000. Five years later, his cache rose to 150,000 euros. A colic endangered his life in 2008, but it did not prevent him from being a champion father that same year, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.