When it comes to money are football (soccer) players in a world of their own?
I read a story where Jermaine Pennant received a call from his former club Real Zaragoza informing him that he left a Porsche at the train station for 5 months. He forgot he owned the thing! Is this just another confirmation that they are paid too much?
Athletes in the major American sports are also paid astronomical sums of money. I remember when Alex Rodriguez signed his $200 million contract a decade ago one magazine reported that he could buy something like 2000 Porsche 911 Carreras with that money.
They certainly get a lot of money. But on the other hand they provide entertainment for millions of people so in that sense you cannot give them a normal salary. But yeah, forgetting that you own a Porsche is indeed a sign that you have way too much money.
Pennant is an unusual case. He's had a lot of issues at the various clubs he played for including a spell in jail which he followed by having to play with an electronic tag after he got remission.
He reputedly was made a millionaire before he was even a 17 year old such was the determination of clubs to sign him
Yes without a doubt the top footballers of today are paid too much. But the players are not to blame. Would anybody refuse to take a pay rise because they felt it was morally wrong. Players just like anybody else will naturally try to earn as much as they can. They only have short careers so I don't subscribe to the theory that it is obscene. If I were good enough, I know I'd be trying to rake in as much as I could
Football players are definitely paid to much, its no wonder that the uk is in recession - the premier league spends 1 BILLION POUNDS in salaries every year, samuel eto'o earns 350,000 a week and any premier league football player could work for a year and be set for life! put the money into things that matter like soldiers and doctors!
haha that's typical of Jermaine Pennant, But to answer your question yes alongside other sportsman and the top performers they are in a world of their own.
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