Third-party investment is - for better or worse - a fixture of the football landscape in Brazil. Independent firms buy up chunks of the economic rights attached to players, hoping to turn a profit if and when those players are involved in transfers to other clubs.
In my début effort for The Score, I take a closer look at this practice and consider some of the concerns to which it gives rise. Whilst not always problematic, I argue, third-party investment can weaken the ability of players to govern their own careers. I also highlight cases in which the involvement of independent parties has unfairly effected the balance of power within the Brazilian game.
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