Overpriced Footballers

Denílson de Oliveira Araújo popularly known as Denilson is a Brazilian midfielder that rose to prominence for his display at Le Tournoi just before the 1998 world cup in France.

He was noted for his numerous step-overs and on account of this Real Betis saw it fit to splash out £21m for his services.

It turned out to be a huge waste of money as they actually managed to get relegated and he scored just 12 goals in 165 appearances for the club.

Joaquín Sánchez Rodríguez more commonly known as Joaquin is a very good right winger that plays for Valencia.

He is a very good player but his club, Valencia paid over the odds when they got him from his home town club Real Betis, for EUR25m.

Andriy Shevchenko is an excellent striker as his goals record would testify but Chelsea paid way too much when they forked out £30m for his services from AC Milan.

Charlton football club could not believe their lick when Tottenham Hotspurs came up with £17m for the services of Darren Bent.

Gianluigi Buffon is a great goalkeeper, he is possibly the best in the world and 1 of the best of all times but Juventus paid £33m for his services. When you consider that he does not score goals, it does seem a lot for a goalkeeper.

Rio Ferdinand cost Manchester United £30m from Leeds united and that seems a tad too excessive for a player of his ability.

Staying with Manchester United, Spurs, I am sure would not have believed their lick when United decided to offer them £18.6m for Michael Carrick. Then again they had paid £28m on Juan Sebastian Veron who then went to Chelsea for that same amount.

Chelsea are used to paying over the odds for players as they spent £21m on Shawn Wright-Phillips, £6m for the untested Glen Johnson from West Ham United and worst of all £12m on Paolo Ferreira from Porto.

Only Bobby Robson would know what he was thinking when he decided to splash out £6m on Titus Bramble from his old club Ipswich Town and even more bizarrely £8m on Carl Cort from Wimbledon.

Arsene Wenger is a very shrewd manager when it comes to spending money so it must have been an off day for him when he decided to pay out £8m for Francis Jeffers, no doubt listening to those that kept saying his team needed a jack-in-a-box type striker.

When it comes to spending money, no one does it better than Sven Goran Ericsson, who in the course of his managerial career has spent £70m on Christian Vieri and Hernan Crespo, £25m on Juan Veron from Parma, and at Manchester city he is spending big bucks on players like Valerie Bojinov and Rolando Bianchi.

Speaking of Lazio they seem to waste money on players from La Liga like the £28m they spent on Gaskiya Mendietta and the vast amounts spent on Claudio Lopez and Ivan De la Pena.

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