The Real Footie Analyst

Money or Youth?

With the resurgence of the big spending Real Madrid Galacticos to the indescribable wealth of Manchester City, does money buy you success?

Teams such as Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City and more recently PSG have spent astronomical sums of money worldwide in the effort to get the world’s best talent.

Chelsea spent big in the pursuit of domestic and European glory, and under the guidance of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, they managed to win the Premier League on 3 occasions, but have fell agonizingly short in Europe, coming the closest against Manchester United in Moscow.

However, with an ageing squad, Chelsea seemed to have lost their edge in recent seasons, but are in the process of freshening things up with the purchases of Mata, Lukaku and Romeu. They have also kept a keen eye on Brazilian startlet Neymar, who has been linked with a move to London.

In an effort to keep up with Barcelona, Real Madrid began spending big on world class players such as Ronaldo, Kaka, Ozil, Di Maria and the list goes on.

However, the only success over the Spanish and European champions was in the Copa Del Rey final, where they trumped Barcelona in extra time.

Manchester City stunned football fraternities globally with their transfer antics and can now boast almost two full teams that could challenge for any title.

Their spending habits have only seen them win a FA Cup trophy and sealed them a place in the Champions League, but have yet to prove that they have the stamina and will to win the marathon.

With all the money that has been spent between these 3 teams, the trophies that they have won over recent seasons seems astonishing, considering the players that they have at their disposal.

Back to Barcelona. Players such as Xavi, Messi, Iniesta, Puyol, Busquets, Thiago Alcantara and many more are all players that have come through their world famous La Masia base.

Yes, Barcelona have spent big amounts of money on David Villa, Cesc Fabregas (also a product of La Masia), Alexis Sanchez, they have had their fair share of purchases.

However, the nucleus of their team, are all players that have came up their youth ranks, and they continue to unearth some amazing talents.

Manchester United’s treble winning team of the late 90’s – early millennium consisted of players such as Giggs, Scholes, Beckham, the Neville Brothers, all players that came up through United’s youth ranks.

Most recently, Tom Cleverly and Danny Welbeck have been in good form for United and they too have came from the youth setup.

Between Barcelona and Manchester United, the trophies won in recent seasons exceed the successes of above mentioned teams, also spending far less in the transfer market.

Its one thing having the world’s best players at your disposal, its a totally different thing getting them to play as a team which knows each others every move.

That almost telepathic understanding can unfortunately only be acquired over long periods of time.

Therefore, I end off posing this question: Does money really buy you happiness?


  1. footieanalyst says:

    A good read Jarred!

  2. Jarred Manasse says:

    Thanks Footie!

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