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Footballer's High Wages

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Footballer's High Wages The 'beautiful game' has not been so beautiful during 2005. As many of you would have heard, during this year football matches have been polluted with drink-driving, brawling, drug - taking, and many other crimes. However, these crimes that surround the match day have not been committed by the rowdy fans as most of you would expect, but by the football players themselves. Every week, professional football players experience the glory of tens of thousands of fans cheering them on and chanting their names, but for what? Dribbling a ball down a field? Getting a ball into a net? You would think that just for taking part in a ninety minute game, having many fans supporting you would be more than enough gratitude that a player would expect. ...read more.


Usually, at a football match we expect the fans to be acting as hooligans, however, a teenage footballer, Wayne Rooney, swore about a hundred times to a referee during ONE football match. Many children, especially boys, idolise players such as Rooney, but when the players display such behaviour, what example do they set on the impressionable younger generations? And, more importantly, why should the football clubs carry on encouraging these players' behaviours by rewarding them with such large salaries? Professional players such as Beckham, Rooney, Ferdinand and many others, earn over fifty thousand pounds a WEEK! With fifty thousand pounds, you could support two African villages for a year, preserve a rainforest the size of a thousand football pitches or provide a cancer unit with a hundred weeks worth of clinical supplies. ...read more.


You could argue that their careers are short - lived, but then they should be sensible enough to save what they do earn, instead of splashing out and not having any left when their careers are over. Do the players have far too much wealth and not enough sense to go with it? Realistically, footballers' pay cheques are ridiculous. Most people would jump at the chance to play for their favourite team for free, being offered millions to play football is preposterous, after all footballers' careers are merely hobbies that they get paid an immense amount for. What they earn in a week is what someone like a doctor would study years at medical school to hope to earn in a year. On the whole, footballers, unlike teachers, doctors, nurses and many other professions do not contribute much to our society. By Chandni Govindia 10DH ...read more.

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