Just over 24 years ago, Trevor Francis moved from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest for £1 million.
This transfer shocked the world as the then 24-year-old became the first ever six figure player.
If at that time someone was to suggest that one day a player would be worth £100m you would think they were mad, yet now in 2013, a certain Gareth Bale could well be on his way to becoming just that.
Real Madrid have been one of, if not the biggest club in the world for a long time and never fail to spend a phenomenal amount of money at every opportunity.
In 2009, they broke the world record transfer fee twice in quick succession when they bought Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo for around £56m and £80m respectively.
Yes the quality of the average player is probably better than it used to be. Nowadays they are a lot fitter and better physically, but nothing will ever justify why anyone is worth £100m.
The transfers of Kaka and Ronaldo were the first and second ‘nails in the coffin’ for football, which is now a completely different game to how it used to be.
Current Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently referred to Gareth Bale’s value as being a joke, and he could not be more right.
No man, regardless of who he is, is worth £100m especially when it’s just to run around a pitch for 90 minutes twice a week.
Yet for whatever reason, it comes to no real surprise to us football fans.
It is understandable that Real Madrid are doing everything they can to be the best team in the world again, but this has become an obsession.
There are many examples proving how a huge transfer bill is completely unnecessary, no better than Borussia Dortmund.
The German side that are theoretically the second best team in Europe, only behind big rivals Bayern Munich, spent less that £20m on their starting XI, even with Marco Reus costing them around £12m.
Their success last year, despite them falling at the last hurdle, should be celebrated more than Barcelona’s league title last year, as it is a bigger achievement when looked into properly.
Efficiency and loyalty should be the most important thing in football, and until the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City see this, there will unfortunately be no change any time soon.
This is a very worrying time for all football fans who would all love to see a huge change to prevent the sport we all love being ruined completely.
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