Thursday, 11 June 2009
Ronaldo Deal Is Obscene - Wake Up World!
When is this going to stop? When is any form of sanity going to return to the working man's game? The sale of Ronaldo for £80m to Real Madrid isn't just crazy, it is bloody obscene. Whilst true fans find themselves priced out of games because of the ticket prices, Madrid have bought Kaka and Ronaldo in the space of a week for a combined fee of £135m. Let's get this into perspective, Setanta, a publicly listed company, are going out of business because they cannot meet the £35m obligation they have to the Premier League - and in the same week, a football club is spending four times that amount on two players! Best not think of how many lives that money might save in Africa or people might truly start to understand why this is so wrong.
When I joked earlier this week about Man City, one narrow minded fan replied that I did not understand how much money the Abu Dhabi Group had. He failed to understand the point that the amounts of money being thrown around are disgusting and immoral. How many children in Manchester City's catchment area are living below the poverty line? How many Muslims around the world are dying every day from water borne diseases? And yet Manchester City and their Arab, Islamic, owners offer £100m for a footballer.
The nation was rightly outraged by the MP's expenses scandal but the figures concerned for the whole lot probably only amount to the weekly pay packet of Kaka and Ronaldo combined. But it is ok for these guys because they are footballers. Sorry, I think it is going too far.
Formula One woke up to the fact that the vast amounts of money at the disposal of two teams was making the sport uncompetitive. They have introduced a financial cap and suddenly Braun have come from nowhere to lead the championship. Somewhere along the line, FIFA and UEFA have to bite the same bullet, unless national football is going to die, to be replaced by an 18 team European Super League.
The blue half of Manchester will be gloating today but they would do well to remember that both Kaka and Ronaldo could have joined Unreal City but chose to join the Real deal instead. Madrid's gain is the Premiership's loss because Ronaldo, loathsome though he may be, is a fantastic talent and will be missed by all purists amongst the fans. More importantly, his sale drives a ten inch nail through the eye of competition in the sport. Unless something is done soon the game will eat itself, leaving half a dozen bloated beasts playing each other for bragging rights.
The game hasn't just gone crazy, the game is in danger of going sour.
Posted by Hammersfan at 14:15