With Radamel Falcao putting pen to paper on a lucrative, long term deal with newly promoted French side AC Monaco, he becomes the latest in a growing line of world class players who are putting financial gains ahead of success on the pitch.
As many of these players come from poor backgrounds, the lure of untamed riches can often be too good to resist. The players are also often egged on by their agents, many of whom have a parasitic influence on their player’s careers.
An agent is more than willing to sell the player to the highest bidder regardless of the club in question. The role of an agent is purely to take care of their own interest, giving little care for the player’s career as long as they get the biggest slice of cake possible.
For example, Zenit St Petersburg’s Brazilian international Hulk was the toast of the world’s top clubs not so long ago with football’s heavyweights battling it out for the striker’s services, but instead of chasing top honors he inked a big money move to the Russian side.
Since his switch from Porto, Hulk has been frozen out so to speak, suffering abuse from fans, dips in form and struggling to adapt to the lifestyle change.
With money continuing to tighten its grip on the beautiful game, it seems that teams will keep on trying to buy success rather than grow organically.
This means the end of teams with shoestring budgets realistically challenging for major trophies. Cash will be king for the foreseeable future as it remains to be seen if the Financial Fair Play rules will really stop the rot.
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