Monday, August 26, 2013

Just Shut Up Tata

"He’s a very good player, but the numbers seem to me almost a lack of respect for the world in general" 
-Tata Martino on Real Madrid's reportedly nearing world-record transfer deal for Gareth Bale.
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Before opening his mouth about the other dealings of Real Madrid Football Club, Tata Martino should observe his surroundings first. He is coach of Barcelona, not the financially-struggling Rayo Vallecano or the recently-rescued-from-bankruptcy Real Oviedo.
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-Tata Martino works for a club who shelled out 57m Euros for Neymar: of which only less than 20m went to the club that turned him into a star (the rest went to his agent a.k.a. his dad).
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-Tata Martino works for the club that made Zlatan Ibrahimovic the second most-expensive player in the world, only for the player to be made to feel "like he is a Ferrari being driven like a Fiat" (in the words of Ibra himself) and be sold as a cheap bargain item the next season.

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Yes, yes, yes: Real Madrid are home to the world's most expensive players. But we all could at least say, that when we set a world transfer record for a player, the club makes a concerted effort to get bang for their buck on that player. Figo, Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo, were all made into the centerpiece of the club's sporting and marketing projects. We can debate whether those players are anywhere close to the paper the money they cost is printed in: But there is no credible case that can be put out to say that Real Madrid did not try to maximize the return on investment for such players. The club's sporting project was in fact, compromised considerably from their over zealousness in ensuring that the money spent for such players was not wasted. Real Madrid's record-breaking transfers were NEVER  used as 'tactical guinea pigs' (Zlatan) only to be cast off like a virus-infected lab rat if things didn't work out.
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Yes indeed Florentino Perez's Real Madrid pay top dollar for top talent - but no one can criticize it for wasting their investment on such players. 
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I will chalk up Tata's mis-informed rant to naivete. He is after all, a newbie in the big-money world of European Football. The man better watch out though, as he is beginning to sound like a horn-tooter for those who are a part of the hypocrisy within FC Barcelona. 

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