Shopping-and-Product-Reviews So the Spanish Bull has joined Chelsea for a staggering 50 million pounds. Its a great day for the club, if not perhaps for its home grown talent, which will presumably be forced to sit on the bench for the rest of the season watching the ex Liverpool striker knock in goal after goal as the Blues attempt to claw their way back into the top spot in the Premiership. Its a pretty good day for the sports memorabilia enthusiast too, whose Chelsea memorabilia collection is now set to grow by at least one legendary signature. Fernando Torres signed for Chelsea on January 31, for more money than any British club has ever paid for a football player. Its a far cry from the 30 odd thousand that Ian St John went to Liverpool for which, at the time, was the countrys record signing fee. The valuation, of course, reflects the insane state of the modern game as much as it does Fernando Torres actual monetary value. Though no one would be foolish enough to suggest that the Spanish striker is anything other than sublime. His value to fans is traced easily enough through the roars of approval that come off the Bridge End on a Saturday afternoon, and by the rapid uptake of new items of signed Chelsea memorabilia, the first to bear Torres signature. The sports memorabilia, which is mostly bought and sold on the Internet, will be flying off those virtual shelves almost as soon as it lands. The signing of Fernando Torres has brought the perennial debate (big money signings versus home grown talent) raging to the fore again. In addition to Torres, Chelsea have also signed Brazilian David Luiz from Benfica for just over 20 million pounds: a sum that would have seemed more significant had not Torres, admittedly one of the best strikers in the world if not the best striker in the world rather eclipsed him. Luiz is another name for the Chelsea memorabilia collector: but the existence of the names of these two high cost players on the items of sports memorabilia associated with the club raise some questions about the effect that big money signings have on the British game. Overall, of course, your view of big money versus home grown talent pretty much depends on where you sit. If you are in a position to be buying Chelsea souvenirs then you probably dont care how much money the club spends on its players. The Premier League is won by any means necessary and when you are Roman Abramovich you have those means at your disposal. Ultimately the value of a football club is measured in the degree of happiness it gives its fans in other words, how many trophies it wins. How many memorable nights it is responsible for. There is a reason why Chelsea memorabilia routinely tops the sports memorabilia charts and its the same reason that the club itself regularly tops the league tables. Great players bring great football: and thats worth whatever one is prepared to pay for it. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: