Originally written on Soccerlens  |  Last updated 11/30/12
Ballon d’Or proves link between wealth & talent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com The Ballon d’Or shortlist has been announced and it’s a familiar story with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta in contention to win the highly prestigious award. Spain continues its domination in this respect which has been enabled by some very lop-sided financial deals in La Liga which enable Real Madrid and Barcelona to splash the cash in terms of the talent they can afford to retain and buy. To get an idea of the situation, it’s necessary to use a parallel. There is talk of Gareth Bale, one of Tottenham’s best players and one of the best attacking players in the Premier League, joining Barcelona next summer. However, would he even be a regular in the Barcelona first team? Probably not. The reason he’s not is because Barcelona have a whole variety of highly paid and talented stars which out the club in a brilliant position if being able to ignore players like Bale if they wish...
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