The Salary Of A Professional Football Player

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The Salary of a Professional Football Player

It has been argued that professional football players are being
overpaid for their profession. In this essay I shall be expressing
the opinions from both sides of the argument in order for myself to
come to a conclusion. The general complaint has derived from the
general public’s view that only the minority of the money is spent on
things other than the players themselves, despite their occupation
being one of simplicity and unbeneficial to society when first looked
upon.

To begin with, I shall overview what effect the pay of these citizens
has upon our society if at all. It is apparent that their
contribution is worth while in the sense that it promotes good
business, (due to its appeal across the board; all ages, males and
-the ever increasing- female viewers and supporters of the renowned
international sport) it provides many job opportunities such as
coaches, cleaners, those in the box/ticket office, wardens, first-aid,
security, construction businesses for the construction of stadiums
etc. This showing that there are many links to the different array of
jobs which are available, all of which are outcomes from the main
source – the general publics want of football as an entertainment;
both live and on television.

Those who argue that footballers are paid too much are mainly
comparing the lifestyle and career of the professionals to those who
have chosen a career which gives first-hand evidence that people other
than themselves are being cared for. For example, those practising
medicine and those who teach. They believe that a ridiculous amount
of money is spent on players who do not give willingly, who aren’t
likely to spend even half the amount of money they earn, and that it
is spent unwisely whereas the finances could easily benefit charities,
sporting activities and the likes. Such case has recently been
brought about that a young footballer has given £1 million to finance
a hospital, despite his income being nothing in comparison to that of
David Beckham’s, who recently signed a contract which has guaranteed
him £11 million a year whilst working for Manchester Utd. The former
example is ideal in showing what the vast amount of the population
conceives professional footballers should do with the money they earn
rather than providing themselves with all things unnecessary in life,
resulting in greed.

In simple terms, the working class argue that footballers aren’t
giving away the money that they earn so should have a cut. However,
expressed in another form, despite footballers having a short lived
career and therefore needing a large income to survive on in the
future, their wage is preposterously high and more abundant than what
is necessary.

On the other hand, it is argued that despite some...

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