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Overrated football?!

Let’s start with the beginning of the nowadays facts… While watching the transfer news I have noticed the fees that are rumoring on the players market… Or shall I say ‘marketing’? Because this is how it seems to be now, a football game with a high level of player’s merchandising.

Like everything in this life cycle has a point where it all starts, let’s remind the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to Real Madrid for £84.60m. From there on, it all started to be a roller-coaster full of zeros on the football players market. There are many examples of overrated football players transferred for some unbelievable amounts. I can mention the transfer of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid for £90.90m continuing until Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to PSG for £199.80m.

Neymar

As a football fan, I can not stop trying to make comparisons with the past, because that is the central point of history, the point from where it all became what it is now, the most loved sport in the world.

Just think of a comparison of a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona with a bigger amount than the fee paid for Zidane’s transfer when he moved from Juventus to Real Madrid. I mean, with what is Coutinho above to Zizou? I think with nothing. Where is the financial balance? Why has the financial fair-play been introduced if the transfer amounts are on a continuing ascend and nobody is scared by being penalized?

Philippe Coutinho

Nowadays, when a football player is passing through a good form, all the big clubs are trying to get their hands on the new ‘youngster’ for an eventual transfer. The decision makers of the clubs are not making a move by real potential or by real stats but by the mediatization of a player.

Plenty of us are playing at least one football game according to the player’s real evolutions in matches and I can say that FootballCoin is the perfect stats-counter for this kind of game. While you’re playing FootballCoin you are able to see a cumulation of points based on the stats of what a football player have done in a match. A player can be the best among all of the other players remaining unnoticed by any football manager, but here you can be that brilliant manager.

I think that the football became a business from where everyone wants to win something for himself. This phenomenon is no longer practiced by passion, by pleasure but by the desire to get as much money as the players are often called ‘mercenaries’.

Conquering the above, football has become a mixer that combines football as a rigid, occasionally tedious entertainment and the interests of protagonists pursuing the same main goal: monthly remuneration. In this modern sport king, it seems that the excessive mediatization damages sportsmen, emphasizing other aspects, to the detriment of the most important characteristic, namely the value and, last but not least, the passion of practicing football.

Author: Ciprian Enache of FootballCoin staff

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