In the early 1990s, the then-new world of soccer, with its more advanced technologies and better stadiums, was ripe for a revolution in player salaries and performance.
The likes of Carlos Queiroz, David Beckham and Ruud Gullit would take their talents to the top of Europe, where they’d be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for each match they played.
But what if there were a better way?
A handful of players who’d played in the Premier League and Champions League for the past decade, such as Diego Forlan, Diego Costa and Paul Pogba, have been on the verge of joining Real Madrid’s academy, as have players such as Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves and Gonzalo Higuain.
While the young talents have been praised by some as being the future of the game, others have had their ambitions dashed by the demands of the big clubs.
The rise of the Premier LeaguesThe Premier League is the oldest in the world, and the first to introduce artificial artificial intelligence (AI) to its play-off system, in 2015.
This means that the rules of football can be altered to suit the needs of the teams and the managers.
The league is the most popular sport in the UK and attracts around 80 million viewers.
But despite the popularity, its finances have been the subject of controversy, with the Premier leagues finances having come under scrutiny from the Football Association of England and the Premier league itself.
The Premier leagues salary cap has been raised from £8 million to £10 million for the first two seasons of the 2022-23 season, and it was later revealed that a total of £12.5m was spent on player transfers last season.
In addition, £6m was invested in a new stadium at the Bernabeu.
The £15m in revenue that the league generated from television and merchandising, despite being the lowest in Europe, was not enough to cover its expenditure on the academy, which costs around £2.5 million a year.
The financial woes have led to a debate on the merits of the academies in England, where clubs can now compete for players with the best potential, instead of having to rely on their existing facilities.
But a new organisation, the Academy of Football, has come in to take the place of the old clubs, and is now working towards building a new academy at Wembley Stadium, which will cost £12m.
The Academy is set to be funded by the Premier Premier League, and has the backing of the FA, with players such Ronaldo, Alvaro Negredo, Thiago Silva and David Luiz all signing up for the club.
The new academy is expected to be completed by 2021, and will consist of players of around the age of 18, with three or four years at the club to develop.
“We have a real opportunity to give the next generation of footballers an opportunity in our game,” said Alvario Negredo.
“If we can do that, it will give them the best possible chance to be successful.”
While the Academy’s future may be uncertain, it is important to remember that the clubs in the Football League are the most successful in the country, with Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool leading the way.
But it’s not all bad news for the acaders, with some of the stars of the new academy already having established careers in the top leagues.
Nani is the undisputed best young player in the game today, with a record of 32 goals, five assists and seven goals in 39 games for Tottenham Hotspur.
His performances on the pitch have seen him earn the admiration of many, with several former coaches, including Jose Mourinho, comparing him to Lionel Messi.
In addition, his performances in the Europa League have shown that he has the potential to be a star in the long-term.
The 23-year-old has scored four goals and assisted seven in his first seven Premier League appearances, and while it’s no surprise that his game has taken off in recent seasons, the Argentine striker is a man who knows the importance of playing in the right environment.
“I know that I need to be in a position to score goals, to have good control of the ball, to be able to move quickly and to be creative,” he said.
“The right environment is essential, but I’m confident that I can do it.”