How many hundreds of millions of €€€ would need to be invested (or what % of Ireland GDP) for a League of Ireland football team to win the European Champions League and how many decades would we have to wait?
Amateur versus professional arguments aside, and given the joint Irish, Scottish and Welsh big to host UEFA Euro 2020 wouldn’t an All-Ireland football league featuring teams from both the Republic and Northern Ireland raise competitiveness and Ireland’s footballing profile so we can attract the likes of Messi and Ronaldo to play for Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers…. assuming hundreds of millions of €€€ are thrown at this obvious win-win use of public / private funds?
Perhaps Roy Keane could do for football in Ireland what David Beckham is doing across the pond in Miami… buy the League…. He’s loaded right? The TV pundit stuff is more for satisfying his ego, surely he doesn’t need what amounts to loose change.
Not even Saint Anthony, known as the performer of miracles, could create an ‘Irish Real Madrid’, no matter how much money was invested. With close to 300 million fans base, the world’s richest professional football club, having just won its 10th European Champions title, is in a high-performance footballing stratosphere of its own.