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A beautiful game

Football and art. Worlds apart surely? But when it comes to fair play, they’re not as different as you might think.

By Robert Bound

How are the Spanish footballer Fernando Torres and the American contemporary artist Jeff Koons alike? Both can weave a beautiful shape out of nothing, both talk a good game and both fetch huge prices in the two most gloriously unregulated markets in the world. Both have most likely been bought by the same man too.

At the end of January, Chelsea bought Liverpool’s star striker Fernando Torres for £50m …



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