La Liga’s latest footballing spectacle didn’t fail to deliver on Sunday evening with the two best players in the world taking to the stage in these much anticipated encounters for the battle of the Spanish title. The depth of talent on show in any one game is not comparable to any other league in the world and around 130,000 fans cram into the in the Camp Nou and provide a theatre of football for the likes of Messi and Ronaldo to demonstrate their incredible skill and talent.
Just like British football Spain suffers financially, back in April a report by Bloomberg highlighted the problem facing Spanish football ” the Spanish League, which generates about €600 million in annual TV revenue, trails the English league in overall income, its superstars are the world’s highest-paid players. France Football magazine estimates that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is soccer’s No. 1 earner with an annual income of €33 million, including base salary, bonuses, and endorsement deals. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is No. 3 with €29 million, the publication says.
Players who have left the country in the past two years include Spanish national-team players David Silva and Juan Mata, who left Valencia for Manchester City and Chelsea, respectively. Valencia’s banks had stopped lending it money, and at one point it was late with salary payments to players.
The August 2012 transfer window saw more players arriving from the Spanish La Liga and in what some fans may consider a negative impact on the development of our own youth players, in actual fact the presence of what in transfer terms are rich pickings the Spanish influx is starting to excite the fans with some entertaining displays throughout the Premier league. So Lets take a look at what is now La Liga’s loss and the Premier Leagues gain.
Santi Cazorla ; a £16.5m signing move for Arsenal in the summer is no doubt going to be a arsenal legend and the decision to sell Van Persie may not have such a negative impact as first feared by some fans.
Cazorla is noted for his speed and capacity to change the rhythm of gameplay, and spent most of his professional career with Villarreal, amassing La Liga totals of 253 games and 39 goals over the course of nine seasons. Cazorla already has two goals this season was a target for Real Madrid in the summer and Jose Mourinho was left dissapointed to have missed out on the spanish star.
David Silva ; On 30 June 2010, Manchester City announced that they had reached an agreement with Valencia over the transfer of Silva and that he would join the club on a four-year deal, prior to the start of the 2010–11 season for around £30m.
On 17 September, Silva signed a new five year deal at City, committing himself to the Etihad Stadium until 2017. Silva headed home a 14th minute goal in the 2012 Euro Final and went on to lift the trophy in Kiev.
Silva also went on to celebrate two other goals by players lighting up the premier league Chelsea’s Fernando Torres and Juan Mata. Torres came to the Premier League in 2007 scoring 65 goals in 102 appearances. Before the £50m move to Chelsea. Team mate Juan Mata known for his creativity, acceleration, speed, versatility, and technical ability and is described as a “creative spark”. He has also been described as “a touch of flair” and has earned critical acclaim for his playing style.
On 28 July 2011, Manchester City confirmed that Agüero had signed a five-year contract with the club. The fee was reported to be in the region of £38 million (€45 million, $60 million).He was given the number 16 shirt for his first season at City. Aguero became a instant star at City and will be very much remembered for clinching the win and the title for Manchester City with a crucial goal in the final minutes against QPR.
This Summers transfer window saw Swansea add more Spanish players but in what would be considered bargain basement deals. The financial crisis has bitten Spanish clubs hard and Swansea made the most of it with 3 players costing less than £10m. Chico Flores , Pablo Hernandez and free scoring midfielder Michu all arrived in Wales to add some Spanish flair to the premier league side. Michu already a fans favourite has 6 goals in 8 games in all competitions so far this season.
Real Madrids Granero arrived at QPR for £9m on a four year deal and Nuri Sahin also left Real Madrid to join Liverpool on a season long loan.
The Premier league has made the very best of the Spanish financial crisis and with the January transfer window looming and clubs still struggling im sure that we will see more exciting players coming to our shores.