In recent times, there have been a few football clubs who have used their virtually unlimited funds to practically buy a whole new team. Examples of these teams are Real Madrid CF, Manchester City FC and Chelsea FC. The latter had been accused of, in the 2004/05 season, buying the two trophies they won that season, the League Cup and the Barclays Premier League. This, however, has been argued on numerous occasions by Chelsea fans as well as it's players, but no one will really ever know whether it was the hard work of the original players or whether it was the players that they splashed out on that led them to this success and the success that followed.
Manchester City are the newest team to be accused of buying their success when they won the 2011 FA Cup beating Stoke City 1-0 in the final, the goal courtesy Yaya Toure, their £24 million, £221,000 a week holding midfielder. Since 2008, when they were bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group, they have spent around £400 million, second to none.
Within the past few years, transfer records have been smashed by teams hoping to improve their squad. The most a team has paid for a player in the world, as of 28/07/11. is €94 million or £80 million which is the fee that Real Madrid CF paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo. As of 28/07/11, the British transfer record is £50 million which Chelsea FC paid Liverpool FC for the services of Spanish striker Fernando Torres. In the case of Christiano Ronaldo, the amount paid did not appear to have an effect on the way he played however it can be argued that Fernando Torres' lack of goalscoring form for Chelsea, scoring only once in eighteen appearances - with the help of a puddle, was caused by the amount of pressure that £50 million price tag put on him to perform.
Perhaps had he only cost Chelsea £25 million or even £30, his form may have been better, and it can be proved by the season performance of Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez whom Manchester United paid a fee believed to be around the £6 million mark. Hernandez scored 20 goals in 45 games surely because of how little he cost United causing there to be practically no pressure on the 22 year-old's head (turned 23 after the end of the season).
Promised weekly wages are also a big influence on transfers or new contracts meaning that some lower league teams must be prepared to lose their big name players just because they can't afford to keep up with their demands. Even big clubs have to fork out the cash in order to keep their big egos, a prime example of this being Manchester United who had to give Wayne Rooney a massive £250,000 a week just to stop him from leaving the club. There used to be a time when players joined or stayed at a team because it was their dream not because they had agreed to pay them ridiculous amounts of money per week. There are still some examples of players like that in the modern day such as Iker Casillas who has spent his entire career at Real Madrid, Lionel Messi who could join any team in the world but chooses to stick with Barcelona and even John Terry, arguably the best centre back in the world, who has the skills and passion to play for basically any club but decides that he wants to stay and retire at Chelsea, a team he has been on the books for since 1995, when he was just 15.
What is next for football? Surely something must be done to save the beautiful game from falling due to the greediness of some players and the riches of some teams. Is it possible to put a limit on how much a club is able to offer a player per week? If so then it should be done, it would encourage players to move where their heart believes they should go, not their wallet. Also, if it were possible to put a cap on how much a team can spend per year or even per transfer window, that should be done. It would stop certain rich football teams from buying a new team each year, would it not be more profitable for the team to perhaps bring through some youth players and allow them to make a name for themselves? That is what we should do to bring the beautiful game back to the way it was.