Weight: 100 Shreeves
There are really only two untouchables in the world of football and we all know who these two are. Any rumor you see involving Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are going to be full of Shreeves. We all know the reasons why and even though there were rumors that Ronaldo was unhappy at Real Madrid, he’s not leaving anytime soon. These players are worth more than whole leagues and have no reason to leave the clubs they’re at because their brands are directly linked to them.
The Big Names:
Weight: 90 Shreeves
Here we enter the most plentiful of rumors. The players whose mere inclusion in any rumor merits a click just to see which team they’re being linked with this hour. We’re talking Falcao, Cavani, etc. In the past month alone Radamel Falcao has been sold to Manchester United, AS Monaco, Chelsea and Manchester City, with Cavani being the runner up prize to the teams who weren’t able to land the primo big name. We’ve all seen the articles. “If *insert team here* want to challenge for the title, they HAVE to get *insert player*”. The fact of the matter is that any team (other than QPR) that got one of these players would challenge for some form of silverware in whichever league they end up in. Then you factor in the prices that are being thrown around and there are a number of top echelon teams that can afford to bring them in. Generally you want to take any and all rumors regarding these players with a grain of salt until one of them is holding up a shirt.
They’re Super Rich So They’ll Buy Everyone:
Weight: 70 Shreeves
It seems like every year there is a new super rich club that has an insane number of players being linked to them solely because they have money to spend. In recent times we’ve seen teams like Anzhi and PSG as the new Super Rich team. Fitting into that role this season is AS Monaco. So far we’ve seen Dmitry Rybolovlev’s billions linked to a quarter of the Colombian National team on top of the likes of Rooney, Tevez, Nasri, Dani Alves and Andy Carroll (seriously, Andy Carroll to Monaco was a thing. Look it up if you don’t believe me). These are the easiest rumors to start mainly because in most cases, teams like Monaco can afford to pay outrageous transfer fees. So literally everyone is in play, every outcast, every upset footballer, every top player at his position. These are tough rumors to decipher because teams like Monaco want to make a big splash and we’ve seen players like Samuel Eto’o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic make this move before. Which is why it is so hard to tell what can be real and what is just fodder and why blogs thrive on teams like this because inevitably someone will bite and go to Monaco (though you can almost guarantee it won’t be an Englishman). PSG has done the best job so far of actually buying the big names that they’ve been linked to so let’s sit back and see if Monaco can replicate their spending spree.