Kaka cash was plain ridiculous
PUBLISHED: 10:20 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010
SO, what would have been the most ridiculous transfer in football history is now off. Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, more commonly known as Kaka, has turned down a move to Manchester City. The figures being bandied about in connection with the Brazili
SO, what would have been the most ridiculous transfer in football history is now off.
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, more commonly known as Kaka, has turned down a move to Manchester City.
The figures being bandied about in connection with the Brazilian superstar's prposed transfer were obscene, even by the Premiership's usually ludicrous standards.
It appears the transfer fee that would have gone to Kaka's current club AC Milan, was somewhere in the region of £103million, while the player himself, depending on who you believe, would have pocketed anything between £250,000-£500,000 per week.
Personally, I was never convinced that the transfer would have gone through anyway - why would anyone in their right mind want to swap a Serie A title challenge in Milan for a relegation battle in dreary old Manchester?
But the fact that it was even being spoken about as a real possibility, for me embodies everything that is wrong with football at the highest level.
Kaka is probably paid more in a year than most people get in a lifetime.
The offer from City would have seen his already vast wage at least double.
Does anyone really need that much money? Especially for doing something as insignificant as kicking a football around?
And who would have ended up footing the bill for what would have been the most expensive transfer in football history?
As usual it would have been the fans finding themselves paying the price, either through increased ticket costs, or when they wanted to buy the club's latest replica shirt.
At the moment, virtually the whole country is living under the threat of redundancy.
This week we have seen Johnson Matthey announce that up to 100 jobs could be cut at their Royston factory - a potentially massive blow coming at a time when the town is trying to get itself back on its feet via the good work of the Royston First group.
With the rest of the world struggling to keep its collective head above the water, I think it's immoral that one individual should be allowed to be offered so much cash.
So I would urge anyone who agrees with me to boycott the Premiership until they return to the real world.
I would like to see a salary cap introduced to try to stop players' wages spiralling further out of control.
It works in American sports, and the leagues are more competitive as a result.
And if you need a football fix, why not go down to Garden Walk and support Royston Town as they close in on the Spartan League championship?
Paul Attfield's men have been almost invincible this season, and look set to claim the promotion they narrowly missed out on last season.
Attfield's side is packed with youngsters who are learning their game and scoring goals for fun in the process.
And most importantly, the players out there on the pitch are there because they love the game, not just because of what is in it for them financially.
If you want to see real football, I suggest you give it a try.