As a lifelong football fan I would love to see the World Cup tradition continue but with a slightly different raison d'etre if you will. I'd make wholesale changes:
*The World Cup should be organised and run by a charity, pure and simple, and any proceeds or profits should go to charity or charities. Big business would have to be involved to build structures and what not but monies made would all go to good causes, like local poverty for example.
This would be possible if the political and business will was strong enough. At the moment the big sponsors get too much of the cake and that's wrong.
*FIFA in its current guise should be disbanded and a more democratic structure created.
I agree - some of the top footballers earn too much but remember that we're talking about the top 1-2% only, not every professional footballer earns millions each year. The majority of professionals earn nowhere near as much as the elite few.
Yes, football has big issues and problems but for me as a follower it is still a relatively clean team sport when you compare it to such drug addled sports such as athletics and cycling. Random drugs tests prove that, incredibly, few if any of the top professionals take any of the easily available enhancing drugs.