Do footballers deserve their wage?

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Money, money, money

Football, now a multi-billion pound business, generates serious debate when it comes to money – and most often when it comes to player’s pay. It’s something that’s thrown in my direction too.

Rooney – £250k / week

Look at Rooney, he’s netting £250k a week for running around a field – but can these salaries be justified? Yet if you look at the kind of money that’s drawn into the game, you might also understand how these figures become comprehendible. BskyB recently signed a deal with The FA worth £3.4bn, this finding its way to the clubs notwithstanding the millions generated from sponsorship for those clubs, the merchandise and then there’s ticket revenue, so it’s not too long before these figures begin to make some sense. After all, the players are the spectacle the fans come to see when all’s said and done?

Has it gone too far?

I understand this being raised, maybe so, I’d have to agree that it can’t keep scaling like it is, that’s common sense?

Of course keeping the Rooney’s and Toure’s on the books is costly to a club, even more costly if you can’t afford the wage bill. Just take a look at Rangers recent run in with the tax man – which is likely to see them kicked out the league.

I mean it’s all well and good paying the players wage, but clubs get carried away in the moment as they aspire to reach the next tournament or improve on last years performance. We’re a footballing nation – it’s arguably the one activity that brings us together, it’s essentially a live soap-opera, especially when I’m playing!

Money is linked to success, fact?

Look at this article in the Guardian  and you can typically see that those that spent the most appeared to reap the greater rewards. The better the team, the higher their wage bill – the better the player the more they win. These are the basic fundamentals of football, the pitch is our stage and without the actors the show cannot go ahead. Football is essentially a form of entertainment, fans sit anxiously awaiting and encouraging their team, they pay to see these athletes performing their exceptional talent – they are the spectacle.

It’s a different question to ask if money has spoilt football, if players wages should be capped etc etc. Yet, at the end of the day the clubs are in business, their success is income and as players we’re paid to play and entertain, the more you pay the better the show. It’s also not unique is it – think about movie stars, authors or business guru’s – the market dictates their value, doesn’t it?

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zivu

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EDONALDS
EDONALDS

you people that don't pay the soldiers should be paid more because they fight for our country then a football,and i'm a 12 year old kid.

pifi
pifi

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MariaBourne
MariaBourne

Footballers are paid way to much doctors and nurses should be paid the money footballers earn as they actually do a lot harder job then footballers

ahmed0690
ahmed0690

Thats too simplistic. The value in a doctor/nurse job comes in the status/prestige society gives.

As joey said, there is alot of money in football. This is down to the players. If they did not get it then chairmen would pocket the money (usually much wealthier than thr player).

Yes wages are too high, but as long as WE pay/watch then thats how they will remain.

ThomasRichardCarroll
ThomasRichardCarroll

Incomes policies don't work, are easily circumvented, and are expensive to implement, anyway there is a much easier and cost effective way to address the problem, realistic income tax and taxes on luxury goods. If your earning £250,000.00 pw you CAN afford to pay £200k pw in tax. Anyone paying £850k for a Ferrari CAN afford to pay an extra £200k purchase tax.

Trouble is too many people presently earning average wages think next year they will be in the big money so vote against 'taxing the rich'.

Use your vote sensibly, the rich only get rich by working in OUR economy, enjoying the benefit of s cleaning the streets, emptying their bins, rushing to their aid when they have a car accident, or house fire, average earners keep this country going, make it safe and enable the fat cats to prosper so they OWE a realistic amount of tax.

If they don't like it let them go to the US where they will have to pay $500pm for health insurance, $300pm for dental care.

lewono
lewono

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joan coupe
joan coupe

To encourage footballers to play correctly they should only receive a very small percentage of their wage payments after a loss and FULL  payment if they WIN.  This will also help the players to focus on the job in hand and not fool around when they need to be scoring goals.


This is the only chance  to stop these overpaid spoilt men who have lost their way.

I cannot conceive how the English football team can play so badly and still get paid there is not a single incentive for the team as they are not interested in winning for their country,


NO passion


PS this goes for Liverpool football team too.


Change is needed


Thank you


KevinHall2
KevinHall2

@joan coupe Fact is that football typifies our culture where mass indulgencies are paid for by the peasants as per films, sports et al while police, military, nurses, poo farm employees and teachers get  peanuts. It is corrupt top down everywhere in politics a mere sham puppet democracy for greedy corporates which are the guys doing the soccer splurge. 


The fault lies with the peasants paying stupid amounts for tickets, tv coverage, merchandise and betting....If we realised that there's no value watching our players and tickets for EPL not worth a fiver and tv ditto the loot would dry up and we may see one step towards income based on merit. looking at England team no wonder they failed because these guys are ordinary and you could have got a genuine non arsenicking manager to go and find HUNGRY players in any division and mould them with intelligent chess playing strategies, 


True fitness regimes and learn how to dance around players  like the Spanish, South Anericans and Continentals. The poor old stodgy Brit is a clodhopper on the dance floor and on the pitch so undermined by "new age" education brainwashing of participation. None of them have grown the bouncing apherical objects to have a shot at goal, so much is their lack of confidence. 


I could do a better job but need first to tell upstairs that all their perk commisions are gone. You'll find FA is the same as FIFA and any corporate body in bed with match fixture favours, media, bookies and agents getting rich on mutton dressed up as lamb....


When I took private school teams would have cones, nets and colourful stuff out to impress the parents and when they are gone we get the marmadukes to man up, do real work. Hill running, kicking with both feet, shooting on the hop, tackling tapping into that latent drive and hunger which is inate and to play to play 90 minutes of hard soccer...not wimps rolling on the ground with cramp!!!! 


As for Liverpool I am sorry they have been suffering  from above mismanagement but 2014 took my Australian son Marcus an avid LFC fan since age 8 to Anfield to see them beat MCity 3-2 and he says that was the best moment of his life....so far. Couldnt afford ticket for me so I was in a Priory Road pub getting two beer baths till half time when I went back to Ladbrokes .... to collect Marcus's quid on 3-2. 


After that marathon think I can sum it all up that people for years have got whatever in all walks of life around the world with no sense of justice.


Because they can.


Take care Scouser


Cheers


Kev in Oz

ahmed0690
ahmed0690

I agree with everything save one:

Whats a poo farm employee?

MyBig4Head
MyBig4Head

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tezzycox
tezzycox

I think that a little giner called reece ward gets paid £300000.00000 a week for sitting on his xbox when hes supposed to be doing work

My name is reece ward
My name is reece ward

My main man terence gets payed for taking the bins out every week £20 that is! Disasterous

My name is reece ward
My name is reece ward

I think that my mate Terence gets payed too much cos he's playing football on  a local field and takes the bins out once a week and gets £20 each time! Disastrous.....

KevinHall2
KevinHall2

If we are so stupid to watch soccer, bet on matches, buy clothes and sports gear then we have made it possible to pay big bikkies to players but also for corporations too.  Yes the market dictates payments but if we stopped paying x quid to see matches, stopped watching telly and played soccer ourselves instead we'd get cheaper sports shoes etc etc etc and get fitter. We'd also find a few hundred players better than the ones we fawn over. So we are collectively so gullible at hands of marketing, our culture and soppy loyalties probably mostly to mask empty lives with little purpose.


We pay nurses 60k  a year.


What a reflection on us as a community.....

dgloveruk76
dgloveruk76

The money doesn't frustrate me until I hear kids and parents pushing football as a career choice.  For every Wayne Rooney 10's of thousands of kids get nowhere and many of these are then handicapped by a loss of direction.
50 years ago, the money in football would not have carried the same weight and men would have played football whilst maintaining a firm check on the reality of needing to find some other work to depend upon.  In many ways this was much better for the players and for society.

Hard graft pays bills
Hard graft pays bills

How many parents would push there kids into football if it paid minimum wage? ?

My son is 11 loves football and is a very good player there are now scholarships for kids to play football in school as part of there curriculum football does not pay the bills unless you get lucky, most kids don't enjoy it any more because of pushy parents wanting them to be proffessional....

Jeff the Cow
Jeff the Cow

Footballers are not paid too much because:


·Some footballers can have their career shortened by injury like Jamie Redknapp, Ben Collett, Dean Ashton, Luc Nilis, Alf-Inge Haaland and David Busst. This means that they might need more money.

·All footballers naturally have to stop their football career 20-25 years shorter than most other professions. This also means that they might need more money.  

·All footballers that make it on to the big stage have immense talent (some more than others) and have had to work really hard in order to make the grade.

·It has to be remembered the number of footballers who never make it as a professional and have to get a "regular" job while their former peers are making millions.

·In many other jobs the success rate has never been as low as football, you don't have only 10% of graduating medical class who become doctors, and it’s always higher.

·Although, doctors perform a crucial role in society by saving lives (and the careers of footballers), ultimately more talent is required to become a footballer than a doctor. For example, there are probably around 3,500 professional footballers in England alone while there are 240,000 registered doctors in the same country.

·Real Madrid recently posted a record total revenue of over €500 million coming from TV rights, ticket day’s sales, and merchandise sales amongst many others. At the epicentre of this revenue is the footballers themselves, they are the ones responsible for all the money being generated, so should they not benefit significantly from it?

·Others may suggest that with the  example, why can't a company like Tesco that has a revenue of over £64 billion also be generous to its employees that have been central to building it? Well the answer is simple; firstly, they have over 500,000 employees (impossible to pay each of them very handsomely) and secondly, their employees are easily replaceable.

·For footballers, you have a group of 25 players (give or take) who form the basis of the team and are integral in shaping the clubs' revenue. This essentially means that some are indispensable and can't be easily replaced like most regular employees.

·For all the revenue that players bring to the club from kit sales to winning goals in championships, they deserve to have a good cut in the money or should the club owners simply get to share dividends all year round?                                                                                                                    

Basically, an average player in the third or fourth tier of the English division does not earn up to 5% of Cristiano Ronaldo's salary.

Which means that the crazy figures are being listed in various media       websites and are only acquired by a small minority of players, not the average wage that most earn.

The lower you go in the divisions, the more you discover that not every player is paid an outrageous sum; some players may find themselves in need of benefits if the average wage was decreased.

coolsalz21
coolsalz21

well thank u very much 

becuz u have just saved my high school life becuz this is just the right type of aticle my english teacher was looking 4 

nits a bout the same topic . 

thank u 4 the inspiration 


joeybarton
joeybarton

hey guys just a little update , my wages have increased by 20p yessi ladssss

StevenWalsh
StevenWalsh

footballers are getting paid to much I wouldn't mind if they win the world cup if you look back at the world cup in 1966 when the players were only getting less than £50 per week but still managed to win the world cup, the players today only think about buying new houses and cars and getting noticed in the street

joeybarton
joeybarton

@StevenWalsh tell me about it they get paid more than soldiers risking their lives grrrrrrrrr

rooneyofficial
rooneyofficial

seeing as some people are complaining about the wages i earn, first 5 likers, 200k

valjean24601
valjean24601

It used to be that a player earned roughly a year's wages in one week.  If I could earn £250k a year, I would be a happy person.

cmjthew
cmjthew

I think footballers wage demands are an absolute disgrace. Especially when we are in recession with people losing their jobs!! How can anyone need 200k a week wages? What do they spend it on!! And I don't like he fact footballers are concidered as 'gods'. I tell you something no god picks a chooses when they perform to their best

Activ1985
Activ1985

Get a grip - the lot of you. The Olympics has proved that sport is big business. A chance to show our sporting prowess to the rest of the world. Thank football for what it's done for both city and country. Surprisingly, not a footabll fan - it seems everyones moaning about ticket prices, not being able to go 'the game' whinging about other professions in comparison. It's business and it's the world we live in. Yeah Rooney's on 250k a week, wish I was, did you also know the winner of Wimbledon gets £1 Million, thats two weeks work, and cash even if your KO'd in the first round. F1 - riddled with money. It's sport. Next.

 

 

tweetingjill
tweetingjill

I know that football is essentially a business etc etc and it should make no difference to me how much a footballer gets paid - They raise so much money for the club and so many footballers use their fame to set up charities or support charities and so in theory I have no issues at all.

But I do. I really do because  I rarely get to watch a match live.I love football. I support Arsenal and have done since I can remember. My dad was a season ticket holder and had 2 seats in the North Bank at Highbury one for him and one for my brother. I was a Jnr Gunner and went to regular matches with them until my dad died when I was 13 in the early 90's.

Getting a ticket for the football now for myself and my family is nigh on impossible if by some slim chance I could get hold of them the price would make it out of the question, the travel there alone would cost nearly £100. So yes it does sting a bit that players are getting 100K a week.

tsm76
tsm76

I find it amusing that the country slags off bankers for getting million pound bonuses, but cant do the sums that pretty ordinary premier league footballers being paid a basic £50k a week is £2.6m per year.  Maybe bankers should quote their bonus as a weekly amount and people wouldn't give them so much abuse.  Personally I don't believe either group are worth anything like the money they get, both are fairly socially useless professions.  But I'm certainly not saying footballers shouldn't get it - as Joey says, market dictates value and why should players be forced to take less than someone is willing to pay just because someone is crazy enough to pay it?  There are a lot of dedicated, serious professionals out there (agree with the West Ham fan's comment a few below about Carlton Cole, well done for having some integrity... now, about Ashley Cole...),  being lumped in with the chancers, agents and the like who are fleecing the money from the game. 

 

But clubs are now businesses not clubs, football is business, the top level game is not the same as 20 years ago. If you think money has spoiled football and you want football how it used to be, there are plenty of clubs full of people playing for nothing.   I've watched football at all levels from international to park, indeed the conference can be quite entertaining.  If you want to watch some prancing, diving, prima donna on 250k a week falling over and screaming if someone wafts past him, well, that choice is yours too, but I long gave up on that one, its boring. Man U, Man City, Chelsea, Real, Barca, PSG, etc etc, they are all the same thing now really, just global franchises of the game to be bought and sold by the richest, and they certainly dont give a shit for their fans, who are there to be fleeced for as much and for as long as possible.  Vote with your feet, cancel your sky (make sure you tell them why). Then wait for the football bubble to burst as it hopefully will one day and get back to some semblance of reality.

adamjaymellor
adamjaymellor

ask yourself this: would a professional footballer play football for minimum wage.

im on £6.24 an hour working as a chef for a big steak company. i work my nuts off every day of the week.

 i feel that footballers take the piss to be honest. mr rooney on £200,000 a week, for what? and what happens when they are injuerd  do you all still pick up a full wage??

. i had a back injury last year and i was off sick for 12 weeks. i hate being sick and  i work hard very hard.

i got a paltry £93 sick pay every week, i have a family to feed, it was xmas etc etc. i felt awful for my team mates and

mainly felt rotten to my little family.

So when footballers get paid a shit load of money, have free stuff from sponsors, massive houses, race horses, nice holidays and a relativley care free life, think of ppl less fortunate than yourselves and ask your self this question. do i really deserve being paid thousands and thousands for kicking a ball?

 

PeterFraserBodenham
PeterFraserBodenham

@scottmackinder its really not that great a talent though, that's the thing. It goes to show how thick this country is when people are wasting their time watching this primitive 'sport'

Heggys
Heggys

Ask your self this people still play amatuer football for free as it is a passionate hobby as is cooking. The pros of football get paid as much as the pros at cooking look at the top professional chefs net worth. Maybe even more than the footballers so it is the same thing. If u are big you are big if your not your not. No need to hate.