With a few exceptions, players can be bought by the year, not the season.

And that means that, in most cases, buying players in the summer is an unnecessary waste of money.

In this regard, the best footballing investment is a player who is going to be available to play for a longer period of time, especially if that player is a quality central defender or centre-back.

Here’s a look at a few players who, while not as highly rated as the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, will still be very important to your team.

The following is a list of the best and worst players available to buy in the first few years of the new season.

You could, of course, buy the same player for a lower price in the spring, so this article only includes players who have already been bought, but there’s no need to worry about this for now.

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