Will we get to see the world’s best strutting their stuff in England?
The Premier League has today announced a record breaking new TV deal worth £5.136 billion which will be active between the years 2016 and 2019, as reported by CaughtOffside.
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With such a boost to Premier League clubs’ coffers this will surely give rise to more speculation that the world’s two best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, will finally make the move to England.
In reality, the likelihood of a move of this magnitude is not particularly high. The main reason for this being it is improbable the pair will be jetting to the United Kingdom any time soon is because of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
The rules state that clubs are not allowed to spend more money than they earn on transfers, in a bid to level the playing field against billionaire owners buying success. Even with the boost of added TV cash there is little chance that any club will have he resources to fund moves for the two giants of football.
The rules even put a barrier in the way of Chelsea, funded by the Russian millions of Roman Abramovich, buying their way to the top without offloading a similar value of player. An example of this being this deadline day where they were forced to sell Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg before they could announce the Juan Cuadrado signing.
The Telegraph had linked both Manchester City and Chelsea with a move for Messi in January, but if it were to ever be more than a pipe dream we would need to see a huge clearout at Stamford Bridge.
Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, has been the subject of and on and off move back to Old Trafford ever since leaving the north west in 2009 with stories from papers such as the Daily Mail.
Even if Manchester United managed to satisfy the rules to part with what would be a huge transfer fee, there is an element of doubt whether they would be happy to spend such a sum for their former number seven.
The Portuguese superstar is now 30 years of age and one would struggle to think his game will improve much in the latter years of his career.
It does seem doubtful that we will see the two stars of world football in the Premier League at any point in the near future but with the volatile nature of the game, can we really second guess it?