Times are hard, we are told. Even in the supposedly inflation-free world of football. Liverpool is for sale, Manchester United has huge debts, Portsmouth hover close to bankruptcy. But none of this seems to apply to Manchester City. This is a club that has just signed Yaya Touré on a wage of, it is said, £221,000 a week. I'll just repeat that. 221,000. Pounds. A. Week. Or £11m in wages every year. Clearly this is not enough for Touré, because there is more.
Much more. He apparently gets £823,000 as a bonus if Manchester City qualify for the Champions League, and £412,000 if they win it, plus £1.65m annually for his "image rights". Oh, and City also paid Barcelona £24m.
Now, Touré is quite a good player. Not bad. He is 27-years-old and he has played 94 times for Barcelona in three seasons, scoring a grand total of four goals in that time. Last season he was not even a first-team regular. He only started 13 games for the Catalan club. Before that, he played, for a bit, for some other clubs – not great clubs, minor clubs. But he is now, officially, the highest-paid player in the Premier League.
During the global financial crisis, quite rightly, a lot of people got very angry about the amount of money earned by bankers. There was a moral outcry. People were up in arms. The government threatened to step in. But it seems that football lives in a kind of alternative world, cut off from the realities of society, cuts in public services, banking meltdown and belt-tightening.
In football, the sky is the limit. When Bryan Robson became the first £1,000-a-week footballer in 1981, there was outrage in the land. I remember fans singing "what a waste of money" at Robson during games. Now, nobody even notices.
There are two possible reactions to the news of Touré's contract. One is simply to shrug your shoulders and say: "That's how the market works." The other is disbelief. An average player on £221,000 a week! Football has clearly gone mad, and nobody is doing anything to stop this madness.
Football has no wage cap, unlike the wealthiest sports in the US. Clubs can pay what they like, buy who they like, sell who they like. In Italy they have a name for this. Financial doping. But Touré's wages also pose a moral dilemma for all of us. How can such excess ever be justified in the name of football? Should we not feel ashamed to even watch football next season, as schools and hospitals close down and students are denied university places?
Yet there is very little we can do about this madness. Even if every fan in the UK were to tear up their season tickets, or stop watching Sky, it wouldn't make any difference to Manchester City's finances, which are totally unconnected with the sport, or its supporters. Football is a global phenomenon, where the game itself counts for little or nothing. The Premier League's bloated stars have almost all been flops at the World Cup, but their wages will remain at their current, absurd levels. Football, as it once was, is dead, but the show goes on, and on.
It disgusts me!
People that run around the pitch kicking a pointless ball get paid £2,000,000 a week on the other hand Doctors ONLY and I repeat only get paid £4250, this statistics just suggest that stupid footballers are getting a amazing amount for money for kicking a ball, where's the logic! This is disgraceful.
They are NOT overpaid
Football players aren't over paid because the fact that we watch them. With every viewer that's the more money that goes to them. Am i saying we should stop watching? No, i'm simply saying that we don't realize that we contribute to their pay. With buying their gear, watching their games or going to their games. We don't realize how much we contribute to the amount that they are paid. They are also paid because they are entertainers, they risk their health to entertain us. We also don't realize that they are doing it because they love the game of football. Not because of the money, but simply for the love of the game, do some get caught up in the money? Yes, but do all? No. We need to grow up, who cares what they are paid? They are skilled in their own ways and we are to, some people are to lazy to get off their ass and go get a job. You cant get mad because you aren't getting paid as much as they are or you don't get the salary that they get. DIFFERENT PEOPLE get paid DIFFERENT AMOUNTS for the DIFFERENT SKILLS that they have and the DIFFERENT JOBS they do with those skills. DIFFERENT JOBS come with DIFFERENT PAY and DIFFERENT LIABILITIES and DIFFERENT RISKS AND DANGERS. Maybe you should work as hard as they do for their pay, or better yet why don't you go do what they do so that you can see why they get paid as much as they do. I would like to see a lot of you try to make it through a full season of College football or even NFL. You hardly get any down time and you are always at practice and working out. Wake up people.
Of course they do
The average week of a footballer involves: a training session, an appointment with the physiotherapist, a press conference and a 90 minute match. And at the end of the week they have enough money to buy a terraced house in the North of England, with cash. The average week of a fire-fighter involves 48 hour shifts, visiting scenes of trauma and horrific accidents, emotional exhaustion and, most importantly, saving lives. And at the end of the week they are lucky if they have enough money to feed a family of four, as they struggle to pay a 25 year mortgage on a terrace in the North. Full-time fire-fighters earn an annual salary of around £25,000 and paramedics around £28,000 – how is it that saving lives, and risking your own in the process, is worth 30 times less than providing sports entertainment. What incentive do children and young people have to become paramedics, social workers or fire-fighters when they can earn more in a day as a footballer than you could in a week in any of the aforementioned professions. The aspirations of the young are shaped by modern culture and this modern culture of celebrity will produce a generation of wannabe celebs: why save lives for £25,000 a year when you can play football for £125,000 a week?
Completely over paid
Footballers are only for entertainment value only. There are other people in the world that have no money and just ignored. Doctors are paid an inadequate amount for such hard work. Footballers are not skilled it takes years to master the game play. But honestly i believe that they are over paid and this is coming from a thirteen year old.
They are over paid
I think the players should get less money and the owners should get more so they can develop their team further and invest in more equipment or grounds where public people can play. Although the player give to charity, alot of their money is wasted on fancy houses or expensive cars, is this helping our economy or the state of the world?
Definatly over paid!!!
Footballers need to get a proper job. They are only being paid for kicking a damn ball around. I mean anyone can kick a ball around. Young children want to be like these footballers so study less and practice more. But they just don't have the talent. This means that they have lost out in bath ways. They will end up getting low paid jobs.
Risking life is less of a fortune.
We all know footballers get paid but overpaid! Think of those people who risk their life to save other people's lives. They get paid less than footballers. Doctors help people's lives including footballers! I do agree footballers work hard but soldiers actually risk their lives for their country,including some footballers country. If we had no soldiers, it might mean the end of football in their country.
Risking life is less of a fortune to pay for their family. Some soldiers get paid £9,000 per year! Some footballers don't donate money at all! Lets take Wayne Rooney for instance, he get paid £250,000 per week. That is enough to to buy a lovely house which is complete.
Another reason is bills. Soldiers don't have enough to pay all their bills while footballers do not hesitate to pay cause of all their money, soldiers should get footballers wages. What I believe is that an average footballer gets paid £50,000 or more whereas doctors get paid £22,076 to £30,002 per week. Soldiers can not even pay 25 year mortgage or even life insurance especially the money for them to retire is very little.
So from my point of view shown above, I think footballers are getting paid too much. We learnt this just today.
A debate we had in class:
I think that footballers are overpaid. They earn thousands of pounds a week by kicking a ball. A week for a footballer: A few training sessions, a press conference, a visit to the physiotherapist, and a 90minute match. Yet they get paid thousands every week.
Yes but no, Footballers work hard for their entire lives to perfect their sport. Most of their childhood is devoted totally to football. Yes, compared to a lot of us their lifestyle is very laid back but at the same time, they have only a certain age to play until so have to rely on a lot of money to live on the rest of their lives.
Footballers kick balls around a field and every week can afford a terraced house. Firemen have 48 hour shifts, go into areas of distress and trauma, save lives while putting theirs at risk and face emotional exhaustion. They can barely afford to pay the 25 year mortgage on their terraced house and feed their family of four. And then look at Paramedics, they go out, ad find people who are in a terrible state, sometimes on the brink of death and they have to think on the spot and save them. Neither of their wages come anywhere close to the wages of a footballer.
Have you ever bought tickets to a football match? Imagine all the thousands of people who have bought the tickets, then think about the sponsors, and all of the people who pay for Sky sports and tune in to watch the games. That’s where all the money comes from. Do Firemen and Paramedics entertain millions every week? It’s for this reason that Footballers are paid so much, the people who say they are paid so much and continue going to the matches and paying for sky sports.
Its a disgrace!
Firefighters, ambulance crews, police and the RNLI all put their own lives at risks just to save other people whereas footballers get paid just to kick a ball around! Firefighters, they risk there lives fighting the fires risking being burnt to death rushing into a burning building just to save lifes what do footballers do? Run round kicking a ball thats it the emergency services should be a 100 times more than footballers;.
They are over paid
Footballers are seen as entertainment value., where as Doctors and nurses have been working hard for an inadequate amount. Footballers are not skilled it has taken along time for them to perfect their game play but doctors and nurses save peoples lives. Just imagine if you get ill or if the footballers get ill where do they go! To the DOCTORS!