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Is football heading in the wrong direction?

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Money has changed the game for the worse. (©GettyImages)
Money has changed the game for the worse. (©GettyImages).

Incredible players, breath taking games and mesmerising skill has consistently become a feature of today's game which, indisputably, has made the game of football a wonderful, unique and progressive sport.

On the other hand, however, we have controversial incidents, poor officiating and corruption within the governing body of the world's biggest sport with absurd transfer fees and mind dazzling salaries.

The question is, where is the game going and is it going in the right direction?

The first thing to consider, naturally, is the football itself and I think, undoubtedly, that is going in the right direction. 

We are all privileged to be able to watch the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo grace one of sport's biggest stages. The football those two produce alone is up there with the Pele's and the Maradonna's.

And while the football world raves about their performances week in, week out, there are also other players who perhaps don't always steal the worldwide headlines. 

The likes of Xavi and Iniesta of La Liga, Lewandowski and Gotze of the Bundersliga and Suarez and Bale of the Premier League may not consistently grab international attention but it is there for all to see.

The talent is only progressing in the right direction and the spectacle as a whole is only getting better.

Individual games are also heading in the right direction. While the art of defending seems to gradually be fading away more and more, this adds to more high scoring games, which contributes to the most important thing about football - entertainment.

In contrast, there are a lot of on and off field degrading issues that are yet to be tackled and are only affecting the reputation of the game. There are far too many to be explored in detail, too, sadly.

Racism is still a massive issue in football and it shouldn't be. While there are only one or two high-profile incidents throughout the season, it is still one or two too many. 

The colour of someone's skin should not affect the way they play, watch, officiate or coach the sport, yet sadly a handful of individuals make this an issue.  

It's also impossible to imagine the sums of money that will be passed from one party to another in 20 or 30 years time. If £80 million is the record transfer fee now, what will it be then? £200 million? £300 million? 

What these crazy sums of money bring with it is that it effectively makes football a business rather than a game. The day's of players playing for a club because they want to be there, rather than money, will soon and sadly be long gone.

Without going in to much detail, you also have the controversial incidents such as the Luis Suarez bite, the poor officiating and the lack of technology which is incredibly out-dated.

Of course, all of these incidents may not outweigh the spectacular football, which we see on the pitch. It is ultimately down to one's own judgement to decide whether football is going in the right or wrong direction, but it is clear there are many issues that need to be tackled.


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