Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Distorted Values


The news that Manchester United have sold their star player for £80 million is a bit of a mystery to me.

£80m transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid

But then I don’t really ‘get’ the money involved in football, I can see skill and sportsmanship and the value for a fan, feeling part of something special in following a team; but I don’t think I can ever get past the fact that people who in the course of a working day make split second life and death decisions, who do dirty dangerous work, who seem to be less valued by society, both financially and in status, than some one kicks a ball round a field, that’s all it is, a ball a field; it’s not life or death.

The football industry might like to  give a thought to the Dutch tulip mania in 1637 where the value of tulip bulbs reached ludicrous heights and then fell with the velocity of a very large boulder. A tulip a flower, beautiful to look at, but not priceless, nor is football.


Many individuals grew suddenly rich. A golden bait hung temptingly out before the people, and, one after the other, they rushed to the tulip marts, like flies around a honey-pot. Every one imagined that the passion for tulips would last for ever, and that the wealthy from every part of the world would send to Holland, and pay whatever prices were asked for them.

Where will it stop? Will it stop?Can some one explain?



Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Distorted Values

  1. I so agree with what you are saying. I personally think football and a lot of other sports would be all the better for not having so much money involved. Get back to real sportsmanship.

  2. It is utterly ludicrous to be paying so much for a footballer, but it does make sense economically.

    There is a considerable economical gain for a club that gains success. TV money, sponsorship, ticket sales, merchandise etc are all increased by (say) a top place in the Premiership or a Champions League place. This economic gain is in the hundreds of millions.

    There are many good footballers in the world, but as is the nature of things, there can only be a very few who are the “best”. Ronaldo, much as it pains me to say, is one of the very best, and his consistent scoring and quality play have effectively “bought” many wins for his club. These wins have a monetary value, and there is a clear case for saying that the “Return on Investment” will be pretty good for Madrid.

    I can justify it, but I still can’t believe it. Especially for such an unlikeable, arrogant person as Ronaldo.

  3. And by the Second World War tulips bulbs were changing hands not as investments but as food! My father was Dutch and lived through the War. I remember my mother sometimes calling him a ‘Dutch bulb eater’ when he sat down to eat a meal he’d cooked which we all thought was disgusting! Everything is relative.

  4. All part of the crazy world we live in sadly! xx

  5. “but I don’t think I can ever get past the fact that people who in the course of a working day make split second life and death decisions, who do dirty dangerous work, who seem to be less valued by society, both financially and in status,”

    These people need rest and relaxation.

    Football and the other sports are outlets for rest and relaxation.

    Film stars are paid a fortune and other entertainers too – look at Jonathan Ross, Terry Wogan et al.

    OK so there is not the ‘high transfer fees’ but there are goody bags and other freebies.

    Rich tapestry of life.

    mrs K

  6. People with more money than sense will always spend it in ludicrous ways, just to show that they can. The problem is the rest of us not having figured out how to do without it . . . and not having figured out how very, very much we pay not only for our bread but for our circuses.

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