Calling For Self Respect: Why Do Players Prefer To Be Pawns?

yatin mattaContributor IAugust 22, 2009

LONDON - APRIL 26:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal celebrates with his team mate Emmanuel Eboue after Fabregas scored the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at Emirates Stadium on April 26, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

"The day I agree to sell a player one year in advance, I will not be in this job any more."

Well said Mr. Wenger, after all there has to be a way to end this rubbish that comes up in Spanish media once every week.

It's not just about Fabregas becoming the pawn in the next years Barcelona elections, we had seen that with Real Madrid last year when Perez promised to sign Ronaldo and kaka if he wins.

"It does not help football and does not help people to focus on their job and is sometimes destabilising." ( Arsene Wenger)

There are bodies who are there to handle problems like these, but they are too busy in their "ivory towers" so forget about them intervening and not letting football get destroyed.

It should be the duty of a player to put his foot down and say "No" to becoming the pawn. What is the cost of a players self respect? $100 million? or $80 million? What is the cost of destabilising a club?

Everybody starts playing football for their love of the game, and then when they become proffesionals they sell their love, they sell their self respect.

Money can buy everything, but how can any amount of money compensate for destroying team spirit and broken hearts of million players. Maybe Manchester United will go on and win the title fourth consecutive time, maybe, Manchester City will break into top four, maybe, Real Madrid will go on and win the Champions League, but what about a club like Burnley? Not all clubs play football for trophies some do it for the love of the game.

You may argue that money is no bad for a game, I am not against politics in the game, what I am against is making players a pawn in your political regime. Think, the cost of talents being lost. Why is the class of good defenders dying? Why isn't a Vidic or Terry not worth as much as Cristiano Ronaldo?

Come on all you idols of us million football fans, show us some self respect, don't let the beautiful game die

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