Hernan Crespo, Fabio Cannavaro, Robert Pires, Jay Jay Okocha and Robbie Fowler. It’s a roll call of historic footballing greats and the best bit is you don’t need to dust off the VHS player to see them in action, they’ve all been signed up for the inaugural Indian football league.
The league is following the successful blue print of the IPL cricket tournament and gone for an auction of ‘iconic’ players. The basics of the system are that every team has a salary budget for the season ($2.5 million) which they use to ‘purchase’ players (the cash goes directly into the pocket of the individual, not a bad rate for a few weeks work). The standard approach to the auction is that every team spanks the majority of their budget on the biggest name they can, and then fills the rest of the squad with unknowns and locals with the little that remains.
Crespo was the highest valued player at $840,000 followed by Cannavaro and Pires at $830,000 and $800,000 respectively.
Whether you think iconic is the best way to describe footballers who are well past their prime is immaterial, this league should throw up some interesting matches, plenty of betting options and a healthy dose of nostalgia.
Bhaswar Goswami, executive director of the organising company, kept an admirably straight face when referencing the amount spent on the iconic players, ‘the franchises spent their money wisely’. Not sure whether fans of English teams would say that about some of the signings, although that said Arsenal might be tempted to put a cheeky bid in for Pires to join Henry back in London and how Liverpool could do with someone like Fowler to teach Carroll where the back of the net is.
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