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5 reasons why Manchester City are ruining football

Manchester City might be running away with the Premier League title right now, but they might also be ruining football.

Top 5 / Top 10 06 Jan 2018, 03:54 IST

Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League
Pep Guardiola has Man City playing amazing football - but are they good for the game?

Manchester City are now officially one of Europe’s biggest clubs and it looks like they’re set to win the Premier League this season. With Pep Guardiola at the helm and his team playing free-flowing, attacking football, they’ve had barely any detractors in 2017/18 as it’s honestly hard to dislike the way they go about the game. But is the success of Manchester City really good for football?

It’s actually doubtful. In fact, there is an argument that can be made that what Manchester City are doing – admittedly more off the pitch than on it – is ruining the beautiful game altogether.

Here are five reasons why the Citizens, and their success, is only bad for football and the future of the game.

#5 The constant spending

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League
Man City's constant huge spending is unfair to other clubs

While it’s true that Europe’s other massive teams – sides like Manchester United, Paris St. Germain, Real Madrid and Chelsea – are more than willing to spend insane amounts of money to bring in the world’s best players, it’s difficult to argue that anyone has spent more than Manchester City in recent seasons.

It’s not so much that they’re looking to break the world transfer record like three of those aforementioned clubs, it’s more an accumulation of spending across seasons – the willingness to throw money against a wall to see what sticks.

City were brought out by the Abu Dhabi group back in September 2008 and in the decade that’s followed their total spend each season looks something like this - £78.5m, £125m, £143m, £94m, £52m, £91m, £85m, £147m, £168m and £198m.

That’s a total of well over a billion pounds over ten years. Despite the other teams spending a huge amount of money, cumulatively nobody can come close to City’s spending. And this isn’t a good thing; there’s no trickle effect in football and that’s something we’ll touch upon later.

Basically, City have brought their success, and there can be zero arguments against that. It isn’t right and realistically, it isn’t fair. Financial doping is the term that’s been used before and with City now dominating the Premier League and looking likely to do the same to the Champions League, it’s hard to dispute the idea. Money is simply no object to the Abu Dhabi group – which makes it an unfair playing field for the rest of the teams out there, particularly in the Premier League.

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