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The amount of money seems shocking

sports Updated: Aug 18, 2009 00:23 IST
Abhishek Nandwani

Real Madrid is one of the richest and successful clubs in the European football. They are never afraid of spending big in the transfer market, they don't fear upsetting their rival clubs and unsettling the best of the players in the world. They have a single- minded agenda -- to make their club earn millions in revenue by selling jerseys and hiring who's who of the football.

This year they did the unimaginable, they pulled all the stops created havoc in the transfer market by spending almost 350 million pounds buying just 7 players that include players like current Fifa player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, former Fifa player of the year Kaka, star hitman Karim Benzema, playmaker Xabi Alonso. And the list goes on and on.

At this time of economic meltdown this mind-boggling expenditure has been rightly criticized from all the quarters. Other clubs have raised doubts about the star cast's ability to actually win trophies. There is no doubt about the potential of all these players. But the question is whether so many superstars will click together? Every coin has two sides to it, can these superstars play together without letting their egos interfere in the game. Well having Ronaldo in the team makes this proposition slightly tricky. Soccer fraternity knows about his lifestyle and how impatient he is when the things are not going for him.

Real Madrid coach was earlier quoted saying in an interview that not winning Champions League will not be termed as a failure. This quote should worry fans and Real Madrid directors. They have just invested huge sums of money on to these superstars so that they can win trophies and most importantly the prized asset "Champions League" which they won almost a decade back.

Spending this huge sum of money had also up the ante in the transfer market. Its effect is visible as clubs like Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool; AC Milan etc are just not able to attract players with steep price tag. Throughout the pre-season Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson maintained that the transfer market was behaving unrealistically, the prices of the players have gone through the roof and it's not possible for every club to match this upward spiral.

So football fans around the world will be keeping an eye on Real Madrid's game this season to see whether they have got their money's worth or are they still the same Real that had no clue last year what they were doing on the football field. If they fail to win any trophies then the lament "Money can't buy you a Trophy" will seem apt for the cash rich club.