Anzhi Set to Splurge 300 Million Euros: Are Billionaire Owners Ruining Football?
Anzhi's rise to fame came not too long after it was taken over by billionaire Russian owner, Suleyman Kerimov. Kerimov plans to build a brand new 40,000 seat stadium that complies with all of UEFA's requirements.
The team recently added Roberto Carlos, Yuri Zhirkov, and the newly-minted highest-paid player in the world, Cameroon's own Samuel Eto'o. And let's not forget the new coaching staff headed by Guus Hiddink.
It has been reported that Roberto Carlos, former captain and current sporting director, would be the brains of the operation in assembling a Russian super-club team.
With all due respect to any owner who is attempting to make his squad the best he can, in the quest for perfection, these spoiled rich businessmen are ruining the world's most beautiful game.
Rome was not built in a day, nor was the current dominant FC Barcelona squad. This recent trend toward buying teams and spending ridiculous amounts of money to win a few games and try for a title could doom the sport we all have grown to love.
Do you believe that the big spending is bad for the sport?
For example, along with Anzhi, you have France's Paris Saint-German and more notably Premier League's Manchester City who spend big money in pursuit of footballing excellence.
Now we can all be in agreement that trying to become an elite team in our class takes team excellence. However, the correct way to achieve that excellence could take longer than spending millions upon millions of dollars to make yourself successful.
That is why I love and respect players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, who stayed with their faithful youth clubs. And in itself I respect the Manchester United team for building such a great legacy.
Would you agree the billionaire trend in football is bad for the sport?
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