Footballer's Wages: Are Premier League Stars Really Getting Paid Too Much?

Matthew OrdContributor IJanuary 13, 2011

Silly amounts of money. But is it warranted?
Silly amounts of money. But is it warranted?Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Ashley Cole. What do they all have in common?

lot of you will be thinking it's either the fact they all play for England, they all play in the Premier League or that they all cheated on their wives.

Well, the answer I was looking for is that they all get paid £120,000+ a week. And for what? Playing football for a couple of hours each day then 90 minutes on the weekend?

Surely not.

Every other day in the tabloids, footballer's wages will be criticised for being too high. You'll read the usual babble about them mindlessly kicking a ball about for a living and that they don't deserve it.

But has anyone ever considered the fact that some people might see it a bit differently?

These people are literally the best in the world at what they do, so shouldn't they be rewarded? Of course they should.

Maybe not so extortionately, but they should be rewarded.

They entertain millions of people across the world week in, week out. We mustn't lose sight of that.

Lest we forget, football clubs are ultimately businesses. For a business to be successful, they need people working for them who are the best at what they do.

And if the only way to keep these people on board is to give them such vast amounts of money, then it's going to be done. If someone offered you £120,000 a week to do a footballer's job, would you take it?

There are a few issues that can't go without being addressed, however.

Firstly, not all footballers ask for such huge sums of money. A lot of them have it offered to them as a way of making them sign a contract.

Like I said previously, is anyone likely to turn down such an offer?

But it's the footballers that do ask for these sums of money who give the rest of their professionals such bad names.

Everyone remembers the Wayne Rooney transfer saga a couple of months back, when he threatened to leave Manchester United, yes? If not, let me brief you on it.

Wayne Rooney told United he was leaving and that there was nothing they could do to make him stay. Fast forward three days and he's on the front and back page of every newspaper saying how happy he is to have just signed a new £250,000-a-week contract for United, whilst saying he never wants to leave.

So, what made him change his mind? 

Also, when these players put in such poor performances or they're on a bad run of form, that's when I disagree the most about them receiving so much money. How is it fair that a player from a less wealthy club can play 10 times better than someone playing for a club challenging for the title, yet still receive a wage of barely a quarter of what the "superstars" make?

Simple answer: It's not.

As far as I'm concerned, if someone is willing to give these players so much money to play for them, then they're welcome to it.

But they have to perform well enough to deserve it. Every. Single. Week.

And any player who refuses to sign a contract because it's anything less than a six-figure-a-week salary is a disgrace to the game and should be booted down a few of leagues to be brought right back down to Earth.

But, at the end of the day, these ludicrous payments will continue. And as much as we want to, there's not a lot we can do about it.