With Radamel Falcao`s recent transfer to big-spending Monaco for a fee believed to be £50m, it shows that the wage a player receives is more important than the stature of a club.
He has moved to a club who had an average attendance of just over 5,000 last season.
It’s a shame that players these days are becoming increasingly greedy to earn as high a wage as possible with little consideration to their careers.
Falcao had the chance of playing in the Champions League and had just disregarded the opportunity in favour of a larger wage packet.
I do understand that a playing career is relatively short and there is the need to make as much money as possible, but is the difference between a lower tax rate worth playing for a club with less stature?
In addition to this he could still have moved to a club for more money than he was on at Atletico Madrid.
It was reported that the likes of Chelsea and arch-rivals Real Madrid were highly interested, this would of enabled him to earn more money and still have the opportunity to play in the elite competition in Europe.
I understand that Monaco are a project which is aimed to become the next Manchester City or PSG, in terms of spending money on some of the best players to compete for the league and therefore Champions League qualification.
However, this isn’t going to happen overnight and could take two to three years at the very least.
This is a player who is probably the third best striker in the world and is currently at the peak of his career.
I feel Ricardo Carvalho can justify the move due to him entering the last year or two of his career and is therefore looking for a mega pay day before he hangs up his boots.
However, for Falcao I just can’t comprehend the reason why a player who is at the peak of his career wouldn’t want to challenge himself at the highest level.
He has now turned into a player who is degrading his reputation by making a move for financial reasons and will therefore be frowned upon by football fans across the world.
If Monaco win the league or finish in a Champions League position next season, which is plausible if their recruitment continues in the same fashion as this transfer window has started, then this article could be counted as irrelevant.
However, if they fail to gain qualification then Falcao may be kicking himself for not testing himself at the highest level.
It should be stressed although that Falcao is not the only player to move for financial reasons.
This is beginning to become a phenomenon in football where players move to clubs for higher wages with no regard to playing football week-in, week-out at the highest level.
I hope this trend will change butI cannot see it as money is the most powerful tool in 21st century football.
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