I disagree with a lot of your post mate, but thats by-the-by. It’s all subjective opinion and it’d be mad if we all agreed on everything. (Or you’re chatting tiring ‘b/s’ seemingly if I don’t agree with you dependent on your POV. But I digress ….)Sigh. Maguire was not worth 80 Mn …..
What you can’t ignore, however, is the inescapable fact, whether anyone think it’s harsh or not, is Maguire IS an £80 million footballer. And when you pay the mega money, you are paying for elite, difference making, best in position to take you over the top. Even in todays ‘money no object’ game the mega-money transfers are rare for that very reason. You cite van Dijk for a very good reason. He, more than any other defender, embodies that. He’s the Messi/ Ronaldo of CH’s in so far as he’s on one level all on his own. Then there’s a sizeable drop off to the next level/ group of players. Who are some top players in their own right. But not at his exceptional level. If he wasn’t, there’s absolutely NO way L’pool would have risked that crazy money on a complete difference making player. They indentified what they needed and wouldn’t compromise. It would have ruined them for one. But thats exactly why you pay that amount of money. For best in class.
So when a player, ANY player, is nothing like that, but commands a mega-money fee (regardless of how stupid or not we view the buying club with their money), the point still stands.
Love it or hate it, thats the harsh reality of the mega stakes at play.