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Depends on what is meant by success, if it's simply the player did well it's quite different to whether that amount of money could be better spent. As good as Ronaldo is and has been for Real Madrid, if they had spent that 80 million on 3 maybe 4 world class players, maybe they'd be in a better position. More team quality at least, Falcao cost Porto about £4 million at roughly the same time.
No mention of Sergio Agüero in the article?He cost Manchester City £38m and scored two goals in his 20-minute début against Swansea. He ended the 2011/12 season with 30 goals, the last one of which won City the title.OK, so he didn't quite reach those heights last season, mainly because he was injured for quite a lot of the season, but he still managed 17.Definitely a success, I'd say.
Yes- Carroll was a mistake. King Kenny was misled by those surrounding him and got caught up in the Andy-Carroll-Hype that existed around that time.But let's not forget he also brought in Suarez who will surely win us the PL title next year.Brendan Rodgers has vowed to build the team carefully without rash decisions, and I am sure he is reading this article content with his work so far.#YNWA
@comment no. 22. Downing was a bargain for 20m? clearly a comment from another troll pretending he supports Liverpool.
So, the conclusion seems to be that sometimes big money spending pays off & sometimes it doesn't. With a nose for dangerous facts and refreshing new angles like that, this author has a big future in the world of sports journalism; otherwise referred to by its other description: stating the bleeding obvious again and again and again.
Not sure if someone noticed this error - Suarez transfer fees is mentioned as £142k in the text and as £152k in the picture !!
@ 217You do know Spurs were the first team to float on the LSE?Currently there are somewhere in the region of 20 British football clubs listed on various stock exchanges....all whores no doubt??
293. Cuspool No way is Carroll the most ridicolous transfer of all time. Kieron Dyer cost £400,000 a game for West ham.And Veron was a worse buy than Caroll, if you take inflation into account.Carroll's just a late bloomer, like Drogba. I can see him becoming a top bracket striker when he hits 26 or so, and having a great six or so years, much like Drogba.I hope he stays for this reason.
£49m is ludicrous form Neymar! I really think he's going to be a flop, and an expensive one at that.
@273 & 274 - Spot on - and I'm a Gooner!If a rich kid doesnt achieve anything but gets a top job from daddy, should he be proud of his success?Lots of Arsenal fans want Usmanov to do the same. These are not football fans theyre just club fans who feel supporting the winning team is more important than the game itself.You should support a team cos you love football not the other way around
Well, Neymar will either fit in at Barca or will be shown up as not being as good as first thought because the current squad is that good.Crap weather in England puts most of the world's best players coming over to the PL.
£3,181,818 a goal, confirmation that Andy Caroll was the most ridiculous signing ever! Kenny I love you but you dropped a nut on this one!
Whilst spending huge sums doesn't necessarily guaruntee success, without spending big you've absolutely no chance. This is why only Utd, Citeh and Chelsea have won the league in the last decade or so and why La Liga is permanently a two horse race. Spending big creates the opportunities that others don't have.
You are all forgetting the greatest manager bar none who always got average players to perform brilliantly together as a team - when they were sold on (Gary Birtles Man U fans?) they simply did not perform at anything like the level Brian Clough got out of them. And before any pimply glory-hunter starts yapping about the number two spot, you've probably never heard of Herbert Chapman have you?
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