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Meltdown at Anzhi: Eto'o, Willian and Denisov head football's biggest firesale

The term ‘billionaire’s plaything’ is a familiar part of football’s lexicon these days, with Suleiman Kerimov once held up as a prime example. But after turning former minnows Anzhi Makhachkala into one of the most intriguing outfits in world football by bringing in some of the game's biggest stars on massive pay deals, the wealthy owner's decision to slash costs represents the end of a dream which he himself had fostered within the ranks of the Dagestan outfit.

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