The Inextricable Link Between Money and Football

illya mclellanSenior Analyst IJuly 13, 2009

in·ex·tri·cable (in ekstri kə bəl; often in′ek strikə bəl, -ik-) adjective: so complicated or involved as to be insolvable.

Every season it is the same, the familiar moaning and gnashing of teeth as the masses see one of their superstar footballers go up for sale for a huge sum and with the inevitable wage hike to follow. New "records" go up and are soon smashed within considerably shorter time frames. Take the most recent example with the transfers of Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The recent story circulating has been about the tax laws and respective differences, between Spain and England. Jermaine Pennant has recently made the move to Spain because of the tax laws. I like to think it is more because he thought it might be cool to go play football in Spain.

The money will no doubt be a point in the move's favor, but either way he gets to play a game he has enjoyed from a young age as a job and as a source of income. Professional footballers are normally possessed of a enduring drive to perfect the game they love. In the case of Pennant I choose to think that he has made the move to experience a new type of football and the cumulative benefits.

Benefits that he can enjoy physically and mentally as he develops his game, as well as the security in knowing his future is relatively secure.

This can be where the inextricable link between money and football is seen today.

Football is money.

Whatever level it is played at there is money involved in some way.

Be it the equipment, whether it is an old can or a brand new football, somewhere along the way money was somehow involved. From the humble beginnings of a can being used as a football on a street somewhere there are product lines, sponsorship deals, television rights, and advertising revenue etc.

A great example in terms of a can on the street would be a billion dollar soft-drink line. Massive audience figures equate to massive sales and huge amounts of money. They are ardent admirers of football because of its ability to sell and motivate buyers.

In the majority of cases the buyers are so enamoured with the football itself that they buy the aforementioned products and the money changes accounts all over the world which down the line enables a football club to pay a huge amount for the services of a particular marketable player.

Basically the fact of the matter is that money and football are forever linked and the transfer fees and money involved with the game will continue to rise at phenomenal rates.

I think the time has come to stop worrying about it and get back to enjoying the football. After all, we are all paying for it.