Footballers pay

Saluki

World class procrastinator
It would take Rooney 3 minutes to earn my yearly part time wage. It would take me 2909 years to earn his annual salary.

I have thought for a long time that footballers are overpaid. My thought still stands.
I know a paramedic who attended an accident involving a footballer. Footballer was rude with a whole lot of 'do you know who I am' while my underpaid and, on this occasion, under respected paramedic acquaintance fixed him up and got him to hospital. He muttered something about not being paid enough to deal with idiots.
 

AndyRM

XOXO
Location
North Shields
It would take Rooney 3 minutes to earn my yearly part time wage. It would take me 2909 years to earn his annual salary.

I have thought for a long time that footballers are overpaid. My thought still stands.

Broadly I agree with you.

However I'm never really sure what the point of these comparison things is. Picking players at the pinnacle of the game (apart from Balotelli and Dempsey) is always going to show a ridiculous difference in wages. It would be more interesting if they looked at what players earned in lower divisions and less popular leagues I think. Including other sports too would be good too, and have a way of balancing things relative to the sports popularity in that country.

ETA - Having actually done the thing I see that they've gone a bit more in depth with how the figures actually relate to the world which is more than I've seen in the past. A good effort, but still skewed IMO.
 

Fubar

Guru
It would take Rooney 3 minutes to earn my yearly part time wage. It would take me 2909 years to earn his annual salary.

I have thought for a long time that footballers are overpaid. My thought still stands.
I know a paramedic who attended an accident involving a footballer. Footballer was rude with a whole lot of 'do you know who I am' while my underpaid and, on this occasion, under respected paramedic acquaintance fixed him up and got him to hospital. He muttered something about not being paid enough to deal with idiots.

We had a pro footballer live a few doors up from us a bit back - complete nobber who caused nothing but trouble. Club were paying his wages and his rent, bills, etc. and apparently he left a trail of debt on the house when he left. In contrast a foreign (french) footballer came in after him and was nothing but pleasant with a beautiful wife and child - then he got caught with a stripper and the journos were everywhere!

Thing is they get paid all this cash and then as soon as a club is in trouble they are off, leaving all the debts/problems behind so in a sense it's the clubs' fault for paying them so much in the first place.

I saw something from Phil Neville the other day saying he'd never made himself a cup of tea/coffee, I think the world they live in revolves around doing everything for them from an early age so they become jumped up little....

Our experience certainly put me off every paying to get into a football match again.
 

davdandy

Senior Member
Location
Lowton/Leigh
Lets get into reality here.Even if a footballer earns £500 a week it is still far too much for someone kicking a bag of wind around a pitch.I work 40 odd hours a week doing physical work,i get home and totally knackered,my whole body aches.If i miss a day or week i do not get paid.

Stop pampering to these ludicrously over paid,over hyped prima donnas and wake up.
 
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mr_cellophane
Location
Essex
Ched Evans wasn't an option. :becool:
 

Butty1972

Well-Known Member
Location
Preston
Salaries are like house prices, people will always earn what their employer is prepared to pay for their services.
If you complain that they get paid a lot more than you, I suggest you brush up your skills and start ringing round.
People like football (I don't, but I am generalising) and while they are prepared to put ludicrous amounts of money into the game (Sky channel subscriptions, season tickets, shirts etc) then that money will always move towards the value-adders in the organisation, in this case the players.
Yes, I think it is ridiculous that they earn that much, but I can totally understand why it happens at the same time. Should it be spent on something else? Yes, but you have to convince 4 million people to stump up £20 a month to watch it, whatever it is....
 
Would you pay someone £1m a month to play tiddlywinks if you could earn £2m a month to broadcast it? If not, you should stay out of running a business. The players would soon realise their potential and demand such wages.

It matters not a jot the nature of the business if legal. The market decides the supplier rates (footballers) and revenue (tickets, merchandise, broadcasting etc). You make a profit and thrive or go bust. It's pretty straight forward.
 

nickyboy

Norven Mankey
I think you need to appreciate just how popular English football is abroad to understand why football clubs pay the wages they do to the top players.

I was in a taxi in a small city in N China last year. Nobody in UK will have heard of the city, it's one of hundreds like it in China. Driver and I fell into conversation. When I told him I was English all he wanted to talk to me about was Wayne Rooney.

China is just one country that broadcasters pay big bucks in to show EPL games. Overseas broadcasting rights, that's the future (and also something that the EPL got spot on in separating from the FA)

The flip side of this is as you drop down the leagues the pay drops alarmingly. Still decent money, even in the 4th tier. But it's a short career, for which you have to devote yourself 100%, probably at the expense of your education. By 35 you're done, then what?
 

Col5632

Guru
Location
Cowdenbeath
We had a pro footballer live a few doors up from us a bit back - complete nobber who caused nothing but trouble. Club were paying his wages and his rent, bills, etc. and apparently he left a trail of debt on the house when he left. In contrast a foreign (french) footballer came in after him and was nothing but pleasant with a beautiful wife and child - then he got caught with a stripper and the journos were everywhere!

Thing is they get paid all this cash and then as soon as a club is in trouble they are off, leaving all the debts/problems behind so in a sense it's the clubs' fault for paying them so much in the first place.

I saw something from Phil Neville the other day saying he'd never made himself a cup of tea/coffee, I think the world they live in revolves around doing everything for them from an early age so they become jumped up little....

Our experience certainly put me off every paying to get into a football match again.

Are you allowed to say who? :whistle:
 
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