The price of success can almost be quantified. Whether justified or not, every player involved in that success, if they have a contract that is anywhere in the realm of being up for renewal, wants more money. Mo, mo, mo, mo.
Dani Alves is no exception. We have fiscal complexities at every turn. Gerard Pique is up for a renewal, and we have to deal with the kids. But also, we have our Brazilian Hummingbird who, dependent upon who you read, is either unsettled or not going anywhere.
At present Alves, whose contract is up in 2012, makes something around 3.5m per annum, a number he would like to see raised when he renews his deal. BritPress is saying that Alves wants to double his dough, to 7m, to match what he has allegedly been offered by the likes of Chelski, who were in the running for him initially, and Citeh, who weren’t and probably still aren’t, since Dani Boy has been spoiled by a rain of silver the likes of which he may never see again in his already stellar career.
Crikey, that was one hell of a long-ass sentence, wasn’t it?
My view meshes with that of Xavi, which, as our midfield maestro was quoted as saying after we thumped Valladolid, “Having Dani Alves in our team is priceless.” Dude is easily worth 7m per annum, because we’re getting one of the world’s best right backs, and one of the world’s best right wingers. He defends, leads breaks, steals balls, takes free kicks, crosses, passes, vexes, harangues and plays matchaftermatchaftermatch with an unerring reliability.
Even at 7m per, he’s a bargain. The talk is of a two-year extension, which I think is about right. Not only is there value in having him nice and wrapped up for Guardiola (or whomever) next season, but right now, he’s one of the hottest commodities in world football because he’s never awful, and he’s durable. People often say that Maicon is a better right back. Maybe, but not for our club. There’s only one man for that job, and we have him.
So pay him. It’s a bargain at 7m. No, a player shouldn’t be allowed to dictate his own terms, and who even knows if those press reports are true. But even if they aren’t — and I fully realized that absurdity of saying that a guy is underpaid at 3.5m per — he deserves a big, giant, fat raise. Because he is essential to our success.
Put it like this: We’re paying Messi something in the neighborhood of 10.5m, if you believe published reports. Ibrahimovic takes home something in the neighborhood of 9m. I would argue that Dani Alves is every bit as essential to our championship success as either of those two players.
So pay the man.
–Oh, yeah …. this took place at our practice yesterday in Palagrufell, at which thousands of Blaugrana fans turned up.
Not surprisingly, the douchebag had the flag upside down.