The Good (Kaka), The Bad, and The Ugly (Bellamy)
The combination of his selfishness and underhanded methods enabled Craig Bellamy to:
a) make a mockery of the current contractual system,
b) let down the thousands of fans who had felt that he would be a major part of the re-building of the club under Zola,
c) proved once and for all that for some players, loyalty and integrity mean nothing compared to the lure of the 'big bucks.
How ironic then that at the same time Kaka proved to be quite the opposite by refusing to be lured away from Milan even by the biggest transfer fee and salary offer in the history of the game.
Even if the original offer has been grossly inflated by the media, there is no doubt that it would still have dwarfed anything previously seen.
Mark Hughes and all the Manchester City fans must now be wondering what will happen should the same situation arise at Manchester City and Bellamy decides that he wants to move on again.
At the same time in the event that, for whatever reason, Bellamy's move does not work out, would any club in their right mind be prepared to sign him?
Sadly, the actions of Bellamy are going to rebound on the club simply because wherever they play, they are going to be met by non-stop booing and whilst this will be directed at Bellamy, there is no doubt that it will have an adverse effect on the team as a whole.
One should also question the integrity of the new owners of Manchester City who surely would have been aware of Bellamy's actions to ensure he got the move he wanted.
None of the "major players"—with the exception of West Ham—come out of this with any integrity. In the current climate where the majority of fans (and not just those of the Premier League) see their national game being taken away from them as more and more clubs are taken over by foreign ownership and fewer and fewer youngsters are coming through to the top level because the clubs now prefer to buy the "finished product" from abroad, the actions of Bellamy have simply endorsed their thinking.
Of course, the playing life of the player is relatively short and I can understand their need to try to secure their future for when they eventually stop playing.
However, unlike before the wage cap was lifted and the majority of players retired with practically nothing, the modern players and even the lowest paid Premier League players earn more in a month than many of their fans earn in a year. They also receive expert advice regarding investments, pensions etc. that allows them to retire with their future secured.
Kaka by his actions should be given the Italian equivalent of a knighthood while, in Bellamy's case, I can only offer my sympathy to the rest of his new team mates and to the fans of Manchester City who, through no fault of their own, will see them as the most despised club in the Premier League.
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