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I am reasonably up with it on football matters; I played the game in a very minor way until only a couple of years ago, when my body suggested that it might like a rest, I watch a lot and I read a lot about it and all its modern intricacies and intrigues. I have just finished a book called ‘I am the Secret Footballer‘ and soon I will start another called ‘The Secret Player‘, which my friend Martin, who edited it, assures me is even better.

For all that, there is one thing I cannot understand. Leaving the cash involved aside, for that is just silly and a reflection of the fact that today’s industry is mostly about screwing money out of the fans, can someone please explain to me how a presumably sane man could pay more for Gareth Bale than for Cristiano Ronaldo?

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  1. Simon Reid
    September 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Nope. That one’s a mystery. Although I would love to know how serious the other bidders were. Man Utd and Man City could have gone to £83m; but I don’t blame Bale for wanting to go to Madrid. They always promise their fans the hottest players and they do deliver.
    I’m looking forward to watching Ronaldo and Bale. It sounds like a terrifying combination. I’m also looking forward to seeing how the two bargains of the transfer window get on: Ozil at Arsenal, and Cavani at PSG.
    Even in such a crazy and overinflated market, Cavani – if he can make sense of Ibrahimovic – might be excellent value for money.

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