Hi Guys and Gals and welcome back to another discussion. Today we are going to talk about soccer players salaries and the big question are top paid soccer players paid too much?
Soccer has evolved in the last 30 years from a sport to a worldwide business. Players are now getting paid insane amounts of money to sometimes just sit on the bench.
Now I am not here to say that they don’t deserve it, these players are the best in the world and have trained all their lives to get to where they today but are they worth all that money? Many would disagree.
Some players are on contracts that are well in access of 100,000 euros or pounds a week that is more than an executive of a company would make in a year.
These are also just basic contracts, this money doesn’t include a goal or win bonus or anything extra that the players agent is able to negotiate for them.
Sure some people might say a soccer players career is short and because of the nature of the sport by the time a player is in their mid 30’s their career is coming to an end. Even so these contracts are massive.
So how do we justify this? well players are not as valuable to club’s as they once were. Do you remember the one club player or one club legend?
They seem to not exist anymore as soccer club’s around the world get richer and more money is offered to their current club’s the players are sometimes forced out of a club or made to feel like they are no longer wanted.
Take the situation of Paulo Dybala at Juventus. During the transfer window that just past Juventus were desperate to get rid of him he was offered huge contracts by Premier League club’s and other European club’s but to the disappointment of Juventus he decided to stay.
Then there are players that are extremely marketable you have someone like Paul Pogba, Cristano Ronaldo, Mohammad Salah, these players sell so much merchandise to fans, that the club’s that they play for can pay their salaries and on top of that actually make money off them.
Soccer stars are modern day rock stars and every week fans fill up stadiums around the world to watch their favorite players play. There is also millions of fans around the world tuning into paid TV sites to watch these players play.
I know I have Optus Sport just to watch the Champions League.
The Big Problem
Soccer players these days are so removed sometimes of everyday reality it can be scary. There are many times when a player who is on a already high salary demand more money from their current club and if they don’t get it carry on like a spolit child.
They can sometimes forget that their are surgeons who save lives day in day out, only make in a year what these players make in fortnight.
Take the situation of players like,
- Paul Pogba
- Alexi Sanchez
- Gareth Bale
- Bastian Schweinsteiger
All these players have made headlines lately for extended poor performance, not showing up to training, disrespecting their fans, and critising their own players, yet they demand more money from their club’s or asked to be sold to another club.
They forget the fans who are the ones who pay each week the ticket prices, that are getting higher and higher so the club can justify these high salaries.
When did it all get so outta control?
The gap between players and the club’s fans is getting further and further apart because of the salaries of the players, this is why fans do not have patience with players anymore.
Players face more pressure than ever today. The media has a big hand in that as well, if a player has a bad month they are writing about how they have had a fall out with a fellow player or the club’s management.
When player is bought by another club for 50 million euros or more they then labeled the 50 million dollar man and are expected to perform straight away.
These players may be coming to a new country, need to learn a new language and adapt to a new style of play. Let’s not forget these players are kids some only 20 years old, but because they are on insanely high amounts of money there is no room for forgiveness.
The fans, the media, the club and sometimes even the manager expect results for that kinda money and to be fair for that kinda money they should.
Imagine you were performing poorly at your work and you got paid more than everyone else? do you think you would be on that salary for long? the answer is not a chance!
Top paid soccer players need to understand this and prove they are worth what they are getting paid!
The way to justify this is to say these players bring us joy week in week out. They are our children’s heroes and they bring hope to whole nations.
These players are also the reason we watch the sport. They are the reason we cheer and cry and they also bring us immense joy.
They are players that make us dream and sometimes that’s enough to not care what they are paid.
In this round up I am going to leave it to you. I personally do not care what they are being paid as long as the sport gives me joy and they continue to entertain me week in week out what they get paid will not matter to me.
There are also some players that are extremely charitable and help so many people around the world. Hats off to them and if they keep helping people then keep earning what your earning.
Money has grabbed soccer by the throat and isn’t going to let go any time soon.
So please as always put in the comments below what you think.
Till next time,