Is money destroying competitive football?

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With French team Monaco, confirming a host of new signings and transfer prices inflating hugely over the last decade, has money taken the competitive edge out of football?

In a statement on Porto’s official website, it was confirmed that James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho would be leaving the club and heading to Monaco, for a combined total of €70 million.

And the French club’s transfer spending doesn’t appear to be over yet either, as there are strong reports that, at the time of typing, the highly sought after Atletico Madrid striker, Radamel Falcao, completed a medical on the 28th May. There are further reports that Barcelona goalkeeper, Victor Valdes, is also in the process of signing for the club.

These signings, along with rumoured others, show Monaco’s intent in succeeding in Ligue 1, after their brief stint spent in the French second division. But these signings, made to improve the squad, could not be carried out without suitable funds given by the boardroom. Does this mean that smaller clubs residing in the lower tiers of their respective football divisions won’t be able to achieve success, or repeat the major feat of winning a trophy, just like Wigan did not so long ago?

I’m sure that many people enjoy that competitive edge within football, and the fact that any match can prove to be unpredictable. The result has been proved to swing either way. So as the inevitable situation occurs, and prices for players increase, those clubs who remain without funds are destined to slip even further down the footballing ladder.

Another possible drawback to money being injected into clubs is that the option for clubs to integrate talented young players into their squads has gradually become used less. The reason for the rise of German football is primarily down to the Bundesliga clubs training their youth academy in an effective way, so that they become better technical players. This has been displayed in the most recent tournaments, and the German team also seems to be notoriously young.

Unfortunately, this has not been displayed in the English leagues, and the clubs search for the latest talent is regularly carried out overseas. And to make things worse, an extortionate fee is usually paid for them.

Money, for these reasons, has surely taken away the competitive edge from football. Instead of rearing the latest youngster to be produced in a club’s youth academy, a large amount of money is used to procure talent from abroad, meaning young talent is wasted and money is inevitably badly spent.

Many other countries and clubs focus on their youth and slowly include them into their national teams, once they have been proven to perform at a high level. In England, this is not carried out, and that’s why we see clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea, to name but a few, spending large amounts of money on players who don’t perform.

This has to change, for the overall good of not just English football, but for the world’s enjoyment.

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