And Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Baltimore? San Francisco had a huge run in the 80's when they had one of the greatest QB's & coaches of all time. Their franchise has not always but mostly been pretty poor both before and since. Boston is a bad example. The Patriots are basically the NFL version of Chelsea. The franchise was horrible and mostly irrelevant up until they hired the greatest coach of all time in 2000. Since then they've cheated their way to 5 titles in the past 17 years.
Yes. And a salary cap too. It's always a level playing field. Los Angeles has mostly always been an NFL also ran despite multiple franchises playing in the second biggest market in the US.
Anyways, fuck Barca. I'm glad they got screwed over by PSG. I think it's hilarious that they are now preying on the biggest clubs in the world and all they can do is throw a tantrum and cry about it. I can only hope PSG starts using their oil money to start preying on the big Premier League clubs. Sanchez and Hazard would look fantastic in their colors.
I think you might be the only one. However good he is, he's not twice as good as everyone else, yet they have paid twice as much. Barca now have to spend big in order to appease their fans, and that means one of coutinho, M'bappe or Dele(although a different type and a year too early imo). Which ever one they go for though, it will be far in excess of 100 mil because of what Neymar just went for.
It is absurd, but football jumped the shark a long time ago. The idea of paying a million pound for a guy to kick a football about is ridiculous, let alone paying him tens of thousands of pounds a week for the privelage of doing so.
After that it's just a matter of degrees. In a world where someone as mediocre as Jesse Lingard is getting paid millions of pounds a year to be mediocre, is it really so outlandish that a genuinely great footballer is commanding a fee close to £200mill?
fun fact, a British billion used to be 1 million x 1 million, but they decided it was too many numbers so changed it to the US version of 1000 million, coincidentally around the time of Trevor Francis (the late 17th century )