The Doc’s Prescription - Very Expensive Substitutes?

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The champion of financial fair play, Michel Platini, must have experienced an uncomfortable few hours during the recent Real Madrid v. Manchester City Champions’ League encounter.

Never mind what it cost to put the two star studded teams on the field of play, but any conservative estimate of the value of the two substitute benches would easily top several hundred million euro.

Indeed, the best XI between those two benches could easily compete in the Premiership.

Madrid’s magnificent seven included stars such as the Brazilian Kaka, Luka Modric, recently of Spurs fame, Sergio Ramos and strikers Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil.

It’s no wonder then that with players of that quality, who are considered ‘squad players,’ Real Madrid and Barcelona continue to dominate La Liga season after season.

Not to be outdone Manchester City had record signing, Sergio Aguero (£47 million) on their bench sitting beside the £30 million rated Edin Dzeko and internationals Aleksander Kolarov, Pablo Zabaletta and England’s Julian Lescott. The likes of the £30 million Mario Balotelli and £20 million James Milner didn’t even make the squad!

With those types of resources available, it’s easy to see why most people in the game believe that money talks!