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Radamel Falcao move proves football dictated by money

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Football used to be once the working class man's game. Everyone loved the game in the 18th Century, with workers swapped having a Monday afternoon off to a Saturday afternoon so they could play the game.

Gone are the days of the old hard ball, paying on the door and opposing teams going for a pint with each other after the match. Don't get me wrong, I agree with the professionalism of football taking a turn for the better, but the money side is now beyond a joke.

It's common now at academy's to hear youth players who should be talking about trying to break into the first team squad to be talking about what super car they are going to buy first. 

Raheem Sterling is a prime example of this. He was and still is one of footballs brightest talents. As an apprentice he was on £300 a week. That for a youth player doing something you love to do is more than enough. However when he broke into Liverpool's first team, it wasn't how he wanted to stay in the side and carry on impressing, but when he was going to be given a wage increase.

It went up to £2000 a week prior to his 18th birthday, yet this still wasn't enough for the youngster. At 17 years old and earning over £100,000 a week, almost four times the national average income he still was not content.

He got his demand and now earns a rumoured £40,000 at the Reds.

I'd like to know how players and clubs can justify paying wages like this. For an 18-year-old who had done barely nothing, a major club gave into the demands of a lad who threatened to leave. It was a disgusting attitude from Sterling, who saw himself break into the national team through being played by Brendan Rogers. Where is the loyality?

What makes situations worse is players who leave better clubs for weaker teams in order to earn more.

Robinho was at one of the best clubs in the world when playing at Real Madrid. He was one of footballs greatest gifts at the time. He played with world class players like Iker Casillas, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and was mentored by Bernabeu legend Raul and helped the Spanish giants win the league at his time in Spain. Robinho was playing Champions League football too.

As Madrid pursued a move for Cristiano Rondaldo and failed, that's when they only offered Robinho a new contract. You can understand why he didn't sign it, as he was a second option.

However the Brazilian could have moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2008. There again he would be given regular Champions League football and play alongside class acts like Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

Robinho chose to move to Manchester City for £32.5M. Why? Well I'm sure playing just Europa League football alongside the likes of Richard Dunne had nothing to do with it.

City finished a miserable 10th that season and the following season Robinho made twelve appearances before he realised how bad of a mistake he made. On the bright side, Robinho bagged himself £160,000 a week for his time in Manchester. 

Ashley Cole previous to this portrayed the significance of money to a player.

Cole had been at Arsenal for the whole of his career until 2006 and were the team he supported all his life. He was a young exciting left back who had won almost everything with The Gunners. He was part of 'The Invincibles' in 2004. The club were significantly responsible for Cole to become the player he did.

But when Chelsea came with a blank cheque for his wages per week, he didn't give his boyhood club he dreamed of a second thought. Cole has stated in his autobiography he 'trembled with anger' when Arsenal only offered him £60,000 a week in 2006. Only? If I ever make that in a year I'll be a very happy man. 

However Chelsea's offer of £90,000 a week was all that the England international could think about. Not his loyalty to Arsene Wenger, not how he dreamed to wear the Arsenal crest on his chest since he started watching football - but his bank account.

Assomoah Gyan who previously played for Sunerland is now playing for Al Ain FC in Qatar; earning £140,000 a week to play in an awful standard of football. 

Ramadel Falcao is now the latest star for swapping respect for fame and fortune. 

The Columbian was one of the best players in La Liga. He was an instant hit at Athletico Madrid when he moved from FC Porto. He helped them become a giant in European football today. His goal saw Athletico Madrid win the Europa League, dominate Chelsea 4-1 to win the Uefa Super Cup (including a hat-rick from him) and then finish 3rd in La Liga in the 2013-13 season, their highest finish since they won it in 1996.

His impact was unreal at Athletico Madrid and they currently sit second in La Liga and have already qualified for the next stage of the Champions League.

This is all without Falcao. A £51m summer move to big spenders Monaco sees him treble his wages he was earning at Madrid to £8.5m a season. 

And where are Monaco? Third in the French Ligue 1 and not playing European football.

Football is more and more becoming about the money. Clubs do not set the best examples, who squeeze out the best possible deals when it comes to TV Deals, sponsorships and ticket sales. 

You could claim its a sort of 'communist' revolution from players. If clubs were earning this much money, why aren't they getting a share? That's fair enough, but at the club you are playing your best football at and were they have been loyal to you - not to a club that offers you more money to play for

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