The eye-watering financial growth of football has been laid out by the revelation of Manchester United's 1969 club accounts.
The Press Association (via the Daily Mail) has published the club's finances in the year that saw legendary manager Sir Matt Busby retire, when the likes of George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton were still on the books at Old Trafford.
And the figures reveal captain Wayne Rooney could pay the club's entire annual wage bill in just one week—with plenty to spare.
The England striker is reported to earn £260,000 per week (that's around £13.5 million each year if you're counting), while the 1968 European Cup winners had a combined annual wage of £204,028 in the year following their first continental triumph.
Surprisingly, given the broadcasting deal that is about to kick in for the Premier League, the club earned £1,334 from television revenue in 1969, some £600 less than the £1,915 it spent on "washing and cleaning" expenses.
In 1969, United earned around 10 times from the sale of programmes than it did from television rights.
In the near half-century since, United's average home attendance has risen from around 50,000 to 75,000 and matchday revenue has jumped to £90.6 million from £556,878 (£8.3 million, adjusted for inflation).
Per the article, Manchester United Supporters Trust chief executive Duncan Drasdo told Press Association Sport:
I wouldn't really criticise the players today [with regard to what they earn] because it is relative to what other clubs are offering. To supporters, of course, the numbers are crazy.
But people in other areas of sport and entertainment earn huge amounts of money and I'm not quite sure why footballers get singled out for criticism. If football was still amateur, I think you would still have players playing. Some might not—but I suspect a lot of the best players still would.
I also don't think players in 1969 would have turned down the wages on offer today if they were offered them.
Breakdown of Manchester United's 1969 (adjusted for inflation) vs. 2014-15 Costs (Press Association, via Irish Examiner)
[Press Association, via the Daily Mail]