Pandemic has worsened the divide between football's 'haves' and 'have-nots'

(Clockwise from top left) Cristiano Ronaldo, Jack Grealish, Romelu Lukaku and Lionel Messi will be remembered as the big-name moves of the 2021 summer transfer window.PHOTOS: AFP, REUTERS

When fans look back on the 2021 summer transfer window, it will be the big-name moves that will be remembered: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jack Grealish, Romelu Lukaku and Paris Saint-Germain's 'Greatest Ever Window' of superstar bargains, including Lionel Messi.

For the analysts, however, besides the performance of these stars, the sub-plots underpinning all of this activity in the 'endemic' Covid-19 world may be the more remarkable story.

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