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Manchester City Are Going To Be The Biggest Club In The World


Imagine an all-star team of footballers featuring the top names in the sport. Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres, Thierry Henry, Robinho and David Villa. Now imagine all of these players on the same team, Manchester City.

Before yesterday, that notion sounded ridiculous, but now that the Abu Dhabi United Group is in charge of Manchester City, it seems very plausible.

“We are going to be the biggest club in the world, bigger than both Real Madrid and Manchester United,” said Al Fahim. “We’re not just going to spend money on anyone, but if we can get the biggest players in the world, and of course if the manager wants them, then we will get them.”

The ramifications from such an ambitious move by Manchester City will change the entire sport. When you have an investor with seemingly unlimited funds that makes Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United look like poor cousins, you know that the rules have changed.

With all of the money flooding in and out of England yesterday, expect FIFA and UEFA to sound the alarm bells within the coming days warning that money is ruining the game and is shifting the balance of power to Premier League clubs.

Both FIFA and UEFA should be worried. If the Premier League continues at this pace and more Middle East investors purchase English clubs, the Premier League will become the defacto world leader. The Champions League, while a massive revenue generator, will be less appealing when clubs such as Manchester City buy the trophy. And when you compare what the Premier League could be versus the World Cup, the Copa Mundial will seem far less appealing especially when club football is bigger and more powerful than playing for your country.

The danger of what’s happening within the Premier League is that the league could explode just as quickly as it’s growing right now. If in 2-3 years from now, the Middle East owners decide to sell the clubs, there are very few — if any — investors in the world who would be able to pay the inflated player wages that an all-star team would demand. The only option would be to declare bankruptcy.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. The Premier League is now the world’s soccer league and has little, if anything, to do with England anymore. England has simply become the fields of grass where the matches are being played. The only thing missing from the Premier League becoming truly the world league of soccer is playing matches overseas, and the wheels are already in motion for this to happen. Just wait.

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  1. mervin

    December 21, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Weeeeeeeee have to change the fucking crazy coach he is really bad bad

  2. mervin

    December 21, 2008 at 6:13 am

    iIF thre are henry,messi,fabregas,fenando torres, cassias the best golkepper and of coure the best player in the world RONALDO

  3. JohnF

    September 3, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Manchester City’s new owners have declared their intent to strip the top EPL clubs of their best players and have already begun tapping up Ronaldo, Torres, and Fabregas by publicly naming them as targets.

    Mike Ashley has already sold at least one important Newcastle player against the manager’s publicly expressed better judgment. Will the Glasers back Sir Alex and turn down an offer of $270 million for Ronaldo? Will Hicks and Gillette, who balked at a few million to buy Benitez’s key pick of the fall transfer window, have what it takes to just say no to the sheikhs’ petrodollars?

    When selling players becomes more profitable than winning, even owners who are not under financial pressure will be tempted to take the money and run. If they don’t do the honorable thing, if they sell out to Abu Dhaby, that would be the end of the Premiership as we know it.

  4. DublinerInKentucky

    September 2, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    of course…I could be wrong


  5. DublinerInKentucky

    September 2, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Big names don’t guarantee big trophies
    There is no doubt that Citeh will have some big names enter the frey, but I can’t see them being able to keep a huge squad full of top players happy at Eastlands….United have always had big names, but the “supporting cast” was always top notch and came mostly from within and grew up in the ranks…Giggs, Scholesy, Beckham, the Nevilles all played their part alonside stalwarts such as Denis Irwin, Pallister, Bruce,…put that with the bargain Cantona’s and Sheringham and Ole et all and then sprinkle in a few mega transfers of Rooney, Ferdinand, Van the man and Tevez and you have your success…Who do Citeh have to compliment their 35 million man other than Elano?
    Shaun Wright Phillips?
    Stevie Ireland?
    Your havin a laugh!

  6. Johnathan Starling

    September 2, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Sorry matches overseas won’t happen. Let the Premier League try it and I could very well see FIFA tell the English FA that the first game played overseas sees them lose their first division status, the England National Team is banned from UEFA and FIFA based competitions, and that any player in the Premier League is banned from from any FIFA based competition.

    Overseas players will move to continue and play for their country and things will return to normal in a short amount of time.

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