Football is more of than a business than ever before. Ridiculous amounts of money are being splashed about, and it is creating a situation where spending huge amounts of money is the only way to gain success. Manchester United have always been the biggest spenders, but Chelsea, and most recently Manchester City, have been purchased by men with almost limitless money, and who are willing to keeping spending until success is an almost certainty.
Manchester City have had a lot of criticism from all types of football fans, who claim that City have just ‘bought’ their way to the title. This is a very controversial and, in some ways, inaccurate statement indeed, as I am about to prove.
Below is a comparison between the team that Man United had when they won the title last season, and the City team that are top of the league this season:
Man United – League Winners 2011
Van Der Sar – £2mil
Smalling – £12mil
Carrick – £18mil
Anderson - £20.4mil
Nani – £21.6mil
Berbatov – £30.75mil
Man City – League Leaders 2012
Hart – £1.5mil
Richards – Trainee
Kompany – £6mil
Lescott – £22mil
Clichy - £7mil
Silva – £24mil
Barry – £12 mil
Yaya Toure – £24mil
De Jong – £18mil
Nasri – £25mil
Aguero – £38mil
As you can see, Manchester United actually spent more money on their starting team than City. City have bought their way to the top just like United, but did it over a much shorter period. However, Manchester United have created much more revenue than City, so have had more money to spend. Even taking this into account, they have spent way more than could afford, given the huge debt surrounding the club at the moment, thanks to the owners, the Glazer family.
This is why I believe that it will be a very long time before Tottenham, Arsenal or Liverpool wins the league again. It is not anything personal against these clubs, I am just being realistic. Tottenham’s wage structure means that they cannot attract the top players, even if they could afford to buy them. Arsenal also seems reluctant to spend large sums of money, so cannot attract or keep world class players.
The main reason why I believe these three clubs will not win the league is because their owners simply don’t have the ability to continually plough huge sums of money into the club to produce a team of eleven real world class players. They simply cannot afford it, so will always have a team that is simply unable to realistically compete with the likes of Manchester City over the 38 game season.
Money speaks louder than anything in football. You need to be able to pay huge transfer fees to sign world class players, and be able to pay astronomical wages to keep the players at your club. Teams simply cannot compete against the unlimited money of Sheikh Mansour at Manchester City.
Manchester United and City have bought the title. Football clubs are no longer about history or passion, money is much more important now.
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