We've all heard it before, and many have probably said it before, the English Premier League is without a doubt the "best league", but is that correct? For a long while it seemed like every player wanted to play there, but recently La Liga (Spain) has become the league to play in, despite the EPL not being too far behind. With the transfer window closed, many are now wondering why certain players seem reluctant to leave the EPL. It might seem as easy as a Fifa 15 video game transfer, but there's a lot of things that come in to a move, especially when the player has to leave England behind for a new country.
Take Manchester United for example. The club are usually central to many EPL incomings and outgoings, and this summer they were more involved than ever before, however, it wasn't as simple to overhaul their squad as they had envisioned. United signed Radamel Falcao in a record-breaking loan deal and Marcos Rojo, but there was so many things they had to consider at the last moment, and the same went for them, too.
Firstly, the club signed Rojo, but they had to wait to get his work permit sorted, The Argentinian international had a criminal incident holding it up, but he has finally sorted it out, and he's ready to start his life as a Red Devil. Of course, there's so much more to each and every deal. Falcao only found out about his move to Old Trafford hours before it happened, so what would he do with his house, car and other belongings?
Of course, sometimes a player can transfer his belongings to the country too, but what about somebody like Falcao, who constantly moves from country to country? With his staggering £350K a week wages, he might look at sending money between his different countries and connections using Azimo, However, what will he do with his property, you ask? Usually a player has a ten-year period, and unless you're as loyal as Lionel Messi, you never know where you may end up, so a player usually rents a property if they're unsure of the club, or they buy a place that has a good resell/rent value, giving them the chance to make a profit as well.
Big-name players mean big wages, which usually means expensive clothes, model girlfriends and a car collection that wouldn't look out of place at the Ferrari and Lamborghini headquarters. When a player commits to swapping countries, they have to consider what they're going to do with their belongings, meaning they need a plan for almost every circumstance. While most of us might us a great car sales service like This Is Ads, it's not possible for a footballer. Perhaps they'd sell the car to a fellow footballer, you wouldn't believe how often footballers buy each others cars and properties off of one another. Not only do they get the money up front (usually), but they know they can trust one another.
When looking at a player like Wayne Rooney, and wondering why he's yet to test the foreign waters, it's easy to forget there are a million-and-one reasons as to why he might want to avoid it, not forgetting the missus might be happy being in North England, rather than sunny Spain. Transfers will continue to happen like there's no tomorrow, but don't forget there's a lot more than what meets the eye when it comes to swapping the EPL for La Liga, or vice versa.