Loyalty- A Rare Commodity 0

money-ballThis transfer season has opened everyone’s eyes, and we now see that the game has changed dramatically and a lot of the business side of the sport is coming in to the light. We look at the players and managers as our brethren and not as people working. We are seeing that if a player performs well and can bring a massive lift to a team they are a great asset so teams all over want this player to be with their team so they win, and the teams are willing to put money where their mouth is.

Teams are making bids of 40 million € and above for individual players. They do everything possible to gain the player, and entice the player from their current club with large sums of money and promise of silverware. To these young players this is a dream come true and I am sure a few of their agents see the color of money and hint some words to get the players to make these deals.

We have seen Isco go to Real Madrid for over 20 million €, Higuain move to Napoli for over 30 million €, and the highest deal so far being Edinson Cavani go to Paris Saint-German for over 60 million €. When these numbers are thrown at a young player it is hard to resist, and this bring in the question “does money weigh more than loyalty?” It is understandable when a player has higher ambitions than the club can provide, and the player has the talent to fulfill those ambitions. When a club can provide the opportunity for a player to fulfill their ambitions, why would they leave? I can think of 60 million reasons.

Loyalty in the modern game is becoming rarer, and players are being bought and sold for ridiculous amounts of money to clubs who can splash the cash. Clubs do have intentions of holding on to their players, but when a buyout clause is paid the club has no say and it is the player’s decision whether he wants to leave or go. These days it seems that if the price fits the players will leave.

What happened to the players such as Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gianluigi Buffon, Andres Iniesta, Petr Čech, Iker Casillas and Lionel Messi to name a few. Players who have been with their clubs for a large number of years and have retired with that club or more than likely will retire at that club. Players lately have no patience, and when other clubs mesmerize them with dollar signs and promise of what they want whether it be trophies or more playing time, they bite instantly and are off.

Hopefully there are still some players out there who are willing to be faithful to their teams and fight for their trophies, their playing time, or ask their club for a little pay raise, instead of jumping ship at the first offer that comes their way. Perhaps clubs will be able to create that family type of atmosphere where a player enjoys his time there and wants to remain with the club for as long as possible because they love the game and they want to play for their team and fans, not for the money.