August 23rd 2011 sent shock waves run through the world of football as obscure Russian Kaspiysk side Anzhi Makhachkala had agreed a fee with Inter Milan to bring four time African Footballer of Year Samuel Eto'o to the far East of Europe.
A player of world-class ability in arguably the prime of his career made the decision to leave the Milanese giants to relocate to the harsh conditions of the former soviet power.
This was a transfer that sparked an infusion of talent dubiously choosing to join supremely wealthy outfits in the Russian Premier League.
The intentions and motives of these players may be questionable but the landscape of football in Russia is unrecognisable and its improvement is bringing newfound competitiveness to Europe.
This change hasn't occurred without problems and the situation at Zenit St. Petersburg was an implosion provoked by the endless spending.
The rebellious club captain Igor Denisov decided to take a stand and show his displeasure at the lucrative contracts being offered to foreign talent after Luciano Spalletti delivered the incredible £64 million double signing of Hulk and Axel Witsel.
The presence of unbearable tension is noticeably hurting and stomping the growth of the league, it is imperative that a compromise and understanding with domestic players be established to create a structure of trust.
As the game branches out there is going to be continuing growing pains that will have to be met head on and addressed pragmatically and approached from an angel that will be beneficial to not only the league but also the country's footballing infrastructure.
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