Even After All That Money Has Been Spent The Best Players In The World Will Still Be In Spain

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Arsenal, Chelsea, European Football, Football, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion
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This transfer window promises to see English Premier League clubs spend a massive amount of money, breaking the record set in the previous window yet again.

As of writing, Manchester City have already signed Bernardo Silva and Ederson, whilst Manchester United have signed Victor Lindelof. These two clubs alone are likely to spend many more millions before the window is locked until January.

There is talk of players such as Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez, Ivan Perisic and Benjamin Mendy coming to these shores. And these are just a few of the names being mentioned. Is it the competition that attracts them or the money?

Well, the money is not to be sneezed at, but whether or not more money is particularly relevant once a certain level of salary has been reached is debatable. There are, for example and if the press are to be believed, almost as many players turning down moves to the Premier League as there are accepting them.

This is because the very top players will make just as much money in Germany, Spain, France or Italy as they will in England. They won’t have to work quite as hard for their rewards and will most definitely get more time off. With just three or four really tough league games per season and a winter break thrown into the mix as well, players who aren’t bothered about a challenge or don’t fancy an English winter, are quite happy to go elsewhere.

They will be able to participate in the Champion’s League and, if they are at Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich, will have a chance of winning it! So basically, for the same money they can make in England, they can have a much easier and more comfortable life by staying away.

So, if all of the above is true, why does anybody come to England? Well, there are players out there who genuinely do like a challenge and don’t see that challenge in playing for one of only three top teams in Spain or in playing for the only top team in Germany.

The Premier League, whatever else it may be, is by far the most competitive league in the world and has the money to more than compete with anybody else. This, by definition also makes the FA Cup the most competitive cup competition in the world. So players coming to England will have to work harder for longer and with less breaks than anywhere else. This is the challenge.

The fact that wages can be matched or beaten by other clubs becomes irrelevant. £10,000 extra per week when a player is already being paid £200,000 per week, is not going to entice a move to an inferior league.

The Chinese Super League, for example, is only appealing to extremely greedy players who wish to make more money than they can ever spend. The fact that not many top players are going is proof that the challenge will, more often than not, be more attractive than the money.

The fact remains though. when all said and done, that the three or four best players in world football all play in Spain and, apart from the occasional rumour of unrest, show no sign of moving to the Premier League.

Is this, as we previously surmised, because they wish for a comfortable life without much to challenge them? In their cases we think not.

To start with, the players in question are South American and Portuguese. They will obviously feel much more at home in a country where the climate and the language agree with them and, because of who they currently play for, will see absolutely no reason to move on just yet.

They are among the world’s elite who could play for any club they wished. So the fact they are staying where they are at present is not because of money or lack of challenge, at their clubs they have both. No, it is because they are living in a country where they feel much more at home than they would in most other places, and because they have absolutely no reason to change anything.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Neymar will not be going anywhere just yet.

 

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