Twice a year when the transfer window opens, the football world goes berserk with players switching clubs and newspapers and football websites all over the world speculating on the latest superstar playing a game of musical chairs.
While some big-name transfers such as Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Manchester United to Real Madrid eventually reached their expected conclusion, one transfer caught my attention this season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move from Italian champions Inter Milan to Spanish and Champions League winners Barcelona, Samuel Eto’o is going in the opposite direction.
Now, Ibrahimovic is not a bad player and on his day could be one of the best players on the planet. But he has failed to live up to his massive hype in my opinion. Who can forget the 2 Champions League games last season against Manchester United where he was virtually anonymous?
Samuel Eto’o, on the other hand, has proven himself to be one of the deadliest strikers in the world. At only 28, he is having his best years and, unlike Ibrahimovic, doesn’t suffocate on the big stage. Don’t forget, it was his goal in last season’s Champions League final that put Barcelona on their way to victory.
On top of the exchange of players, Inter Milan also received a transfer fee of 45 million euros. I don’t know how it was done, but Inter manager Jose Mourinho must have negotiated the best deal of the season. Or does Barcelona know something we don’t? Only time will tell.