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On today’s top ten, we’re bringing you ten very expensive mistakes from the world of football. As well as the obvious player transfers that didn’t work out, like Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, or his former teammate Mesut Ozil not living up to his new deal at Arsenal, we also take a wider look at Barcelona’s transfer policy that has seen them spent almost a billion euros in three years, despite having La Masia to pick from. Then there’s bad decisions by owners, like Jesus Gil closing the Atletico Madrid academy, causing former talent Raul to become one of Real Madrid’s greatest ever players, and Leeds United taking out a loan against qualifying for the Champions League – something they then failed to do, as the financial effects saw them fall to the third tier of English football. Carlos Tevez once became the world’s highest paid player when moving to China – he lasted a year before returning home to Argentina, and in Brazil, the Maracana stadium has had almost half a billion dollars spent on renovations but remains in disrepair. Then there’s TV money – the collapse of ITV Digital sent a number of Football League clubs into administration, whilst Mediapro are refusing to pay their current multi-billion euro deal with Ligue 1 – something that could send half of French football’s top tier into the abyss.
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