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Om Arvind and Gabe Lezra talk CR7, FIFA transfer rules and soccer analytics for the Let’s Fix Football Podcast

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Juventus v US Sassuolo - Serie A Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Managing Madrid Podcast hosts Gabe Lezra and worst account on football twitter-nominee Om Arvind were on the Let’s Fix Football Podcast on Ballon d’Order this week to talk about The Financial Times’ article about Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo gamble (from a financial angle). They also stole that article from Gabe. Had to say it!

Juventus is banking on a massive increase not just in their own publicity but in Serie A’s publicity and ability to market itself internationally--but how smart is that gamble? Is the “Cristiano Ronaldo effect” as pronounced as they think—and even if it is, can Juve take full advantage?

Also, FIFA dropped some new potential rules to regulate the international player transfer market, including a potential salary cap, and a cap on the amount teams can spend on players (which could really impact Real Madrid). They’re weird. They’re also really important.

Finally, on this clip they also talk about the ongoing soccer analytics revolution and the fact that some of the friving forces behind the movement are American. Big shoutout to American Soccer Analysis, and their fantastic article on negative and positive Expected Possession Goals (xPG).

Also, Gabe wrote about the coming revolution back in like 2012 for The Atlantic, so read that, too.