N K ASHOKBHARAN

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Will money bring success?

Posted by nkashokbharan on June 25, 2009

money (foot) ballHa Haa – all transfer stories around the football news sites and all talks are on millions. I never thought a million dollar will go so cheap as it is proving that football world is pumping in huge amounts for players this season. Especially Real Madrid after the return of its’ ‘Galacticos’ president Perez, he is working strong on re-implementing his ‘Galacticos’ project by paying over the odds or simple words paying huge money and buying so called ‘star players’ to Bernabeu. I wrote an early post on Kaka’s and Ronaldo’s transfers, both of them which is of the value of Approx. 140 million pounds.

The basic idea which I could not understand is can all this money bring back victory to the team or the club? Florentino Perez, when he was the president of real Madrid earlier to his second term he introduced the ‘Galacticos’ project. ‘Galactico’ means super star of football and the concept is buying a number of superstars and having a  super star class team. In the first era of ‘Galacticos’ Perez signed 4 great players of those days – Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo & David Beckham for a total value of 135.7 Million pounds. Real tasted immediate success after the signings of Figo and Zidane. They won the La Liga titles in 2000-2001, 2001-2002 & 2002-2003 seasons and also won the UEFA Champions league in the 2001-2002 season. After 2002-2003 season Real signed Beckham & Ronaldo and expected more success but unfortunately they couldn’t win any trophies in the next seasons but Barcelona their bitter rivals were on a winning streak and this last season ended last month was a huge success for them as they won the triplets – the league, cup & the European championship and notably Barcelona has not made any ‘huge’ signings but have trained most of their players from academy.

To be frank – money will not always bring you success, there are other more important things which decide success and I am sure it won’t take long for these ‘hugely spending’ clubs to understand that.

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