Date: 16th January 2009 at 3:57pm
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At the expense of creating a riot, I was just wondering what the general feeling was about Manchester City’s proposed £107million purchase of Kaka.

This has absolutely nothing to do with Manchester City. As a QPR fan I cant exactly talk about not throwing the wealth around when & if – altho our Board seem rather more reluctant to throw their money around than the City Board does at present!

This is more to do with the ethical and moral and economic soundness of this transaction.

Surely a deal like this will fuel the flames of discontent? We are, just in case some hadn’t noticed, in the middle of a rather serious economic down-turn and spending this sort of money on one player is obscene, in my opinion.

It will also serve to seriously mess up the transfer market for the future – clubs who want to sell to Manchester City in future will up their prices, just as when players’ prices rose coz Abramovich started writing out cheques with checking how many noughts there were!

And when (I hope when not if!) QPR do make it into the Premier League, will we be able to ‘compete’ for players even with our so-called billionaires’ backing? And this is not just about QPR but what about all other teams winning, and hoping to win, promotion this year and in the future? What about those teams already in the Premier League who don’t have the financial clout of these big spenders? How will they survive?

Some people may say I am envious – not at all as this is not going to personally affect my team (at least, not yet, I hope!)

Every football fan should be afraid of the repercussions if this deal goes through and that is why I do think that UEFA or equivalent should step in before this deal threatens to change football in a big and not particularly pleasant way for ever.

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29 Replies to “Is Any Player Worth £100million?”

  • No he is not worth it, but who do you blame, City for paying it, or Milan for asking for that much?

  • Its his money let him spend it how he wants. What is morally wrong is giving £200billion of our tax payers money to bankers who kepp it whilst ther rest of us suffer.

  • just so you can get some perspective.

    Highest paid golfer £900,000 week
    Highest Paid F1 driver £925,000 week
    Highest Paid Tennis Player £575,000 week
    Highest Paid Baseball Player £1,400,000 week
    Highest Paid Company director £4,900,000 week

    Where was all the outrage then.

    These are all 2006/7 figures

  • Purely from a football perspective – No but propelling the clubs image towards the global brand that Sheik Mansoor and ADUG require then maybe. People need to consider the bigger picture.

  • A bigger picture that could, ultimately, bankrupt football? Of course City, if they’ve got it, will spend it and, of course, Milan wont turn it down! That’s not the point – should it be allowed to happen is more the point. It’s not like Kaka’s actually WORTH that sort of money – no one is, Jigga, not even that Co Director, let alone a sportsman – not when so manypeople are now losing their jobs and will lose a lot more, too, besides for the economic crisis is sorted out.

  • How on earth could it bankrupt football? You stupid fool! As for the economic crisis there’s now an extra £100,000 going into the coffers. Stop being angry and start using your brain.

  • the ecconomic crisis was caused by no hopers who are now losing their jobs, borrowing money they cant afford spending it on ***** they did not need and thinking that cause they earn £15,000 a year they deserve to have a £500,000 house and a new car every six months.

    You are right nobody is worth that amount but the man has the money let him spend it how he wants. No one moaned when wages went above £100,000 cause everyone had the money. the reason I think most people are upset is the slow realisation that football is not immune to the current Financial downturn and that all the other teams who use banks to finance players will now not be able to do so.

    If he spends £1billion on players that will be £1billion more sloshing around world football to be spent by everyone more than if he doesnt spend.

    The only way clubs will spend big in this transfer window is when they have some of citys cash.

  • Swordfish – if you want to come on here & be pig rude, go ahead – but that wont make me (a) change my opinion to which I am entitled nor (b) think any higher of your opinion.

  • That money will not “slosh” around world football – just Milan’s coffers. But will they use it to good purpose – will they, for example, reduce ticket prices so more Milan fans can see their team (or isn’t there an economic problem in Italy – it’s only England & the USA that are suffering!) Spending that sort of money will only serve to push prices for players higher & higher and, if you are right Jigga that these deals will have to be funded on existing cash not on (bank) loans, then just WHO is going to finance them? Watch ticket prices go up – watch prices of shirts, scarves, etc go up – watch prices of programmes, hot dogs, beers, etc etc. And who pays those? I’m not angry at this – I dont actually care, as I said in the article, coz it doesn’t affect me personally or my club. But I do think it could be dangerous for football as a whole. Yes, prices rise – petrol goes up & down like a yo-yo. But slowly, incremently – not whole massive leaps at a time, like it has with this deal!

  • Sandy dl.

    Maybe they might use the money to pay the banks back some of the money that they loaned in order to build their team in the first place. And the money will slosh around not only world football but everywhere do you imagine they are just going to look at it in a big room or maybe they will put it in the bank in which case the bank will do something with it.

    Prices will be dictated by market forces they can put prices up but no one will come as you have pointed out people do not have as much money.

    Just on another point considering you all think footballers are all money grabbing swines. The total amount of tax an NI that the treasury recieved from players in England last year was just under £600m so when someone mentions rooney or whoever on £120,000 a week remember £48,000 is tax and £14,000 NI. So the top earners pay more in TAX a week than the average wage.

    and if you believe that prices will rise because of one investor in the market you are crazy. Will a second division side now be demanding more money for another second division player just because CITY are spending all this money no.

    This is KAKA one of the top three on the planet. Chelsea were bidding £80+m last year and no one mentioned it.

  • Should there be a ceiling on Transfer fee paid? I don’t think the clubs would allow that. Players have a right to move clubs if they want and that was down to Bosman and player can and do move for free. Experts said it would be the end of transfer fees and it would cause havoc as no money would change hands bewteen clubs. Now they say it is going to ruin football. I would love a ceiling so all clubs could compete for the best players, I would love for the wages to have a ceiling, but that is not going to happen.

  • Fair play about the tax/NI the top players shell out & you are right that Milan probably wont want to keep all that lovely money sitting in a room. But it’s not going to help the ENGLISh economy – not unless Milan use some of it to buy players like Rooney/Ronaldo etc from our teams. As for 2nd division sides demanding more – no, not from another 2nd division side! But you can bet they’ll try to get more from other sides, higher up than they – and that will impact on those higher leagues. Still, whether Kaka is a great player or otherwise – this whole deal is not really about Kaka’s genius as a footballer. It’s about who can spend the most money to land him! And we wont even go into his honourable claims that he wanted to become a Milan captain – wanted to grow old with Milan. I mean, that suggests loyalty is of greater importance to him than all that lovely money he & his family will be getting. Suddenly, when he’s offered a fortune he couldn’t even imagine (whether he pays a huge amount of taxes or not), his idea of loyalty is suddenly not looking so clever!!

  • Playing devil’s advocate tho, Guru, would he remain loyal if he knew he was going to make a mint rather be a mint? Just a question – I’m not looking for a fight, honest 😉

  • I fear what’ll happen next season – I mean what a side City’ll have, they’ll walk the Championship… 😀

  • lil blackpoolgas – I’m sorry no-one is worth that much money – regardless of demand, profit margins or anything. It’s in very poor taste to chuck your money about during a recession. Surely City fans will want reduced entry now, will they get it? Hell no!

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