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Are football wages out of control?

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I am going to be talking about the outrageous amounts of money involved in the beautiful game of football. This topic is of course a very controversial that's why I decided to approach it. I personally feel it's not right for footballers to be paid the sort of money they get. It just doesn't make sense that to kick a ball you can be paid up to hundreds of thousands of pounds!!! Wages at Premiership clubs soared by an astonishing 28% last season, despite many teams nearing bankruptcy. A London Evening Standard investigation has revealed that top earning players such as Michael Owen and David Beckham took the total wage bill for the 20 top flight clubs to a staggering �720m, topping by far any increases in income. The 20 teams in the top flight paid their players a total of �60m a month - 75% of their income. Manchester United alone paid its players a staggering total of �70m increase of 40% on the 2000/2001 season but they still failed to win a single trophy. Arsenal plunged into the red by �22m even thought they won the Premiership this is mainly due to the salaries bill for their big stars including Sol Campbell and Thierry Henry who's salaries soared by 50% to �61m. Players such as David Beckham are on a �90,000-a-week deal, saw wage rises far in excess of the 16% growth in income clubs reported causing many teams into massive debts. ...read more.

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If wages continue to grow for the biggest clubs then soon they will outstrip their budget, one of the worlds most popular and richest clubs Manchester United may soon find wages to be a large problem as players demand more and more wages to reflect those of the highest paid footballers in the world such as Christian Vieri who earns �120,000 a week at Inter Milan. I understand that in relative terms within sport that these wages are not as much as the top boxers and Grand Prix drivers but my question is can players' wages be justified, and what ramifications will it have for the beautiful game? I struggle to see a good reason for the size of the wages in football because this is a game we all played as kids in the street or our back gardens. Football is a fun game and many people would love to play for fun not money. I think that money has taken a lot of the fun and competitiveness out the game. Why would anyone really give their best every week when they know they'll still get paid whether they play or not? For instance, Steve Mcmanaman is getting paid �75,000 a week to sit on the substitute bench and watch his team play. Reports are that he is content doing this, naturally he'd like to play but the incentive is not the same when you get a cheque for �75,000 each week even when you do not play. ...read more.

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I also understand that players train hard and are under pressure because they are in the public eye but does this mean we have to pay them large sums of money to compensate them? Surely there must be other ways of dealing with what I believe is an excessive amount of money being poured into entertainment. When you look at the cold fact and numbers it appears so obvious that things are not right - those who need cannot get what they need and those who have plenty seem to get more. This is not fair. Already people across the football world are talking about the need to restructure finances before clubs go out of business and the beautiful game is destroyed. This will need a change of attitude across the whole of the football world and public. My Dad says it's all about demand and supply. People want it, we give them it and they pay a price when it comes to football people appear to be willing to pay a massive price. I just struggle to justify this when I look around at what the rest of world is like, see needs and wonder couldn't this money be spent elsewhere, couldn't a footballer earn say �200,000 a year and be very rich? How can a 19 year old handle and understand what it means when someone pays them �90,000 a week to kick a football? ...read more.

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