It seems to be a kind of opposite approach to buying City or PSG and using them to win a foreign league. But isn't it just what MLS and North American Soccer League have done before but with way more money. Also what China seemed to be going for more recently?
Have you seen this story about Ronaldinho going round? Probably old news to you but I only recently saw it.
I guess it's already being exaggerated, but when I first read it, it said he toured South Africa in 2,000... now people are wondering about the parentage of this South African women's international born 2001 called Miche Minnie's...
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Yeah but don't you think other countries would have done the same if they had the wealth? To me is a difference in degree not kind.
Probably, but the wealth and sudden push is a big difference on its own. A player like Ibra or Rooney going to MLS every so often and when they're more or less done in Europe is on a totally different scale to Saudi outspending La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 signing players like Neymar, Benzema and Mane in the space of a single transfer window. They even beat Barca to a signing when they nabbed Brozovic from Inter.
This doesn't matter, we would just acquire every good player to come out of South America.One thing I see a lot now is Americans claiming that if football had the same status as NBA, NFL in North America etc then the US would dominate football cos they simply produce better athletes. Gotta say I'm not convinced, it looks to me as though you got more chance of Europe catching up in basketball than US catching up in football... I mean I think several of the best basketball players in the world right now are European but, correct me if I'm wrong, maybe I'm forgetting someone - as far as I know the US has never produced a single world class football player.
This doesn't matter, we would just acquire every good player to come out of South America.
It wasn’t that long ago (in my mind that is) that English football rarely attracted the best players - Ipswich had a couple, Spurs had Ardiles in the 80s. Then we kind of picked Euro players on one last pay day - Klinnsman springs to mind. It’s only with the creation of the PL and the Sky money that we started getting the Henry/Bergkamp types whom came over in their prime - it was only then the power shifted from Italy which up to then had been the richest league (Gazza/Van Basten/Gullit/Rijkard). I’m guessing the Saudis and Americans are hoping to do the same but at an accelerated pace. (Caveat is that the Bosman ruling really changed things)
Its of course not gonna happen, the americans truly don't care. But I think we'd have an edge in recruiting talent over saudi.