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Do Footballers get Paid too Much?

It has been argued that professional football players are being overpaid for their profession. In this essay, I shall be expressing the opinions from both sides of the argument in order for me to come to a conclusion. The general complaint has derived from the general public’s view that only the minority of the money is spent on things other than the players themselves, despite their occupation is one of simplicity and unbeneficial to society when first looked upon. To begin with, I shall overview what effect the payment of these citizens has upon our society if at all. It is apparent that their contribution is worthwhile in the sense that it promotes good business, (due to its appeal across the board; all ages, males and -the ever-increasing- female viewers and supporters of the renowned international sport) it provides many job opportunities such as coaches, cleaners, those in the box/ticket office, wardens, first-aid, security, construction businesses for the construction of stadiums etc.

This showing that there are many links to the different array of jobs that are available, all of which are outcomes from the main source – the general publics’ want of football as entertainment; both live and on television. Those who argue that footballers are paid too much are mainly comparing the lifestyle and career of the professionals to those who have chosen a career that gives first-hand evidence that people other than themselves are being cared for. For example, those practising medicine and those who teach. They believe that a ridiculous amount of money is spent on players who do not give willingly, who aren’t likely to spend even half the amount of money they earn, and that it is spent unwisely whereas the finances could easily benefit charities, sporting activities and the likes.

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Such case has recently been brought about that a young footballer has given �1 million to finance a hospital, despite his income being nothing in comparison to that of David Beckham’s, who recently signed a contract which has guaranteed him �11 million a year whilst working for Manchester Utd. The former example is ideal in showing what the vast amount of the population conceives professional footballers should do with the money they earn rather than providing themselves with all things unnecessary in life, resulting in greed. In simple terms, the working class argues that footballers aren’t giving away the money that they earn so should have a cut. However, expressed in another form, despite footballers having a short-lived career and therefore needing a large income to survive on in the future, their wage is preposterously high and more abundant than what is necessary.

On the other hand, it is argued that despite some footballers being paid so much, many do not have such an incredibly high wage. Meaning that if the football player’s wages were to be cut, those lower down the scale would not be able to survive on their income once their career has come to an end. Even if it were just the top-ranking footballer’s salaries to be reduced, then their skill would not be recognized in the football industry. Also, there are a fair few who argue that people like David Beckham who earn �30 million per year for his company should have the right to demand high wages.

There are those who think that footballers are just fortunate that they are capable of earning so much whilst having a job which is a hobby as well. Although they may envy professionals for how fortuitous they are, they know that the lifestyles of footballers are different in many respects from their own and that there is no alternative, so they let what is, be. Opposing this, professional footballers in some cases do not earn as much as professional singers, so it would be unjustified to argue against footballers’ wages and not famous singers when all singers do is use their voice box whereas footballers use their entire physical strength.

Others believe that as an alternative for being paid a lump sum per month or year, players should be paid for their performance i.e. what they deserve. (An example of such a system in the sporting industry is professional boxing.) Since it is obvious to see what detrimental effect that money can have. It is evident that the culture of football as a sport is being ruined by the ‘transfer industry’ (this quote being used because it is believed that football is now treated more like a business) and sponsorship. Plus, this sport is being ruined as it is now an expensive ‘entertainment’. Unfortunately, to keep an organization running you need money, in a competition where no rules are set for a ceiling on wages, no one will stop trying to get the best players.

In order to get them, they have to spend a lot of money, so as transfer fees for clubs are insanely high, players see this and are most likely to feel that the club should pay a proportion of that transfer for their salary considering that they see them as so valuable. Meaning it is argued that footballers are being reasonable. The following view is also popular with the general public, stating that it is not the footballer’s fault for their salary, so the annoyance should not be directed toward them: With more TV deals, and higher marketing, there is an increasing number of clubs spending more, players receiving more, and the gap between the rich and poor clubs continuously increasing.

The players are not at fault for receiving what they do, the clubs should be more responsible for helping it reach this stage. The more revenue they want the more willing they would be on spending. Despite many footballers earning more than what is imaginable, even they themselves believe that football associations should spend more on youth set-ups and sporting facilities. Nevertheless, competition between the players themselves means that no single player is willing to reduce his salary if others aren’t willing to do the same. It can be asserted that players are blinded by the money and so are not, cannot focus on the game at hand, totalling in the quality of games decreasing, leaving the future of football on a knife-edge.

In conclusion, it is obvious that professional footballers are being paid a ridiculous amount – and they know it, but with nobody stopping the increasing wages, there is nothing we -as viewers of the traditional sport we all love- can do. Personally, their salaries do not concern me since I am not experiencing any effects of them, other than what the newspapers and news are constantly hurling upon me of the general public viewpoint. I do, however; believe that it is unfortunate that skilled beings such as doctors and teachers are not getting such a large pay-check. Then again, footballers are skilled in their own right and are, in my opinion, lucky to achieve what they do. In my opinion, their salaries shall continue to increase due to there being a world trade of the players.

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