Despite Wayne Rooney believing Brexit is the most important meal of the day, it does indeed mean that the United Kingdom will be leaving the EU following a win for Scare Tactics FC.
The UK’s impending exit will have huge effects – positive or negative, is yet to be seen – upon almost everything, and that includes the beautiful game that, nine times out of 10, is above all forms of morals, ethics and regulations.
One of the big criticisms often levelled at UK players is their failure to thrive – or at least try to – abroad. But that isn’t an accusation that can be thrown at Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.
Although the world’s most expensive player may have to cut short his time in the Spanish capital following Brexit, with the UK’s exit now meaning Bale is recognised as a non-EU player by La Liga. Bale’s status change now means that Los Blancos have four non-EU players, but the Spanish top flight only allows three.
Zinedine Zidane obviously won’t move the former Tottenham Hotspur attacker on, and it will invariably be one of Danilo, Casemiro or James Rodriguez – it is the Colombian who is most likely to be sold, following a difficult season at the Bernabeu.
Pour ceux qui dormaient cette nuit, je vous propose un replay du raffut d'Alexis Sanchez sur James Rodriguez !
— Michaël Michée (@Michael_Michee) June 23, 2016
Bale’s potential problem is just one of thousands that footballers and clubs will have have to tackle when ‘Article 50’ is invoked.
Does it now mean we could see a greater emphasis on producing on homegrown talent? Giving the potential future of English football a greater chance at succeeding at the top level?
Don’t be silly. It just means clubs will pay more for the Bundesliga, Serie and La Liga stars.