Has Ronaldo skewed the real value of footballers?

by admin

Monday, July 18th, 2011

When Manchester United sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in 2009 for £80 million, the goal posts were shifted forever in the transfer markets.

The amount smashed the previous record by £24 million (Madrid also bought Kaka for £56 million in 2009) and has led to some rather overblown numbers being splashed around Europe. There can be no doubt that Ronaldo is one of the top two players in the world (Lionel Messi is his only competition).

His goalscoring credentials in the last four seasons are sublime and his marketing potential is also huge. And no one can blame him or even Manchester United for the £80 million price tag.

The real culprits are the mega-rich owners who have turned football clubs into their play-things whilst driving up the prices of everything football-related. Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan and now Paris Saint-Germain have incredibly rich owners who can afford to run a club at a massive loss.

Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations will come into full force by the end of 2012, the main aim of them being to make sure clubs spend less than they generate over a period of time.

These regulations will attempt to curb the rise of mega-spending by certain clubs (see the list above) and to limit the risk of insolvency.

So, we can expect to see a frenzy of spending this summer in anticipation of these welcome financial limitations coming into force at the end of next season.

With a few weeks to go until the start of the new campaign, why not Play Fruit Machines to pass some time amongst all of the transfer speculation? The season will be here before you know it!

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