Dartford FC are one of the few teams in the Blue Square Premier that are amateur. Most of the teams consist of full-time paid professionals. I couldn’t help but laugh at Harry Enfield’s send up of this amateur vs professional football team.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has recently decided to buy in central defender Chris Samba from Anzhi Makhachkala for £12.5m and with the Russian club also paying the player a huge six-figure weekly salary, after bonuses, its going to cost iro £100,000 a WEEK. Samba is 28 and the previous QPR manager Mark Hughes decided there was insufficient ‘resale’ value to commit to that size of investment. That’s quite a bonkers amount of money – £5 million a year.
Looking at Wiki, it would seem that the highest transfer fees of recent times have been paid by Real Madrid and Barcelona. in 2009 Real Madrid paid £81.7 million for Cristiano Ronaldo, and £56.0 million for Kaka. in 2001 they paid £45.0 million for Zinedine Zidane. Barcelona paid £59.0 million for Zlatan Ibrahimović in 2009. Ronaldo seems to still top the list for the highest transfer fee.
By contrast, Mario Balotelli, the controversial Italian player, has been transferred to AC Milan for just £17.0 million. Just 22 years old, he has a camoflage-colored Bentley car and carries £5,000 in cash, lets off fireworks in his room causing a fire and loves changing his hair color. He’s not all bad, just unpredictable. Manager Roberto Mancini was seen battling with Balotelli on the training ground. Sort of sums him up.
I understand that the professional players in the Blue Square Premier expect around £1,000 a week. Quite a lot, but nothing like the Premier League.