Hi, I write the blog about football. The first article is http://irequis.wordpress.com/2011/12...s-demounrinho/
Next time I will write about our beloved club Internazionale Milan. Stay tuned. Any feedback and critics are gladly welcomed.
Hi, I write the blog about football. The first article is http://irequis.wordpress.com/2011/12...s-demounrinho/
Next time I will write about our beloved club Internazionale Milan. Stay tuned. Any feedback and critics are gladly welcomed.
This thread should be closed. Our Writer's Section has become an advertisement for all types of rubbish articles.
u probably should post here, not just link....
Hold your breath, wall and tower of texts coming
All round the world, flame of rivalry is lit up among the biggest clubs in their respective country. Inter-Juve-Milan, MU-Liverpool, Rangers-Celtic, Boca-River Plate etc you name it, the list would be endless. But what distinguish Madrid-Barca is, their rivalry isn't only limited in football realm. Numerous factors, such as history when General Franco oppressed Barca to misery, Catalan separatism from Spain, class clash between worker class (represented by Barca) vs elite class (represented by Madrid), and of course as Spain biggest football giant, add up enough material to make Madrid-Barca as the one of hottest -if not the hottest- club rivalry in the world. The rivalry isn't only about the collective term as the more succesful team, the players too are something to compare about. Begin from goalkeeper where Valdes fails to dethrone Casillas as Spain main goalkeeper. Then, if Barca have football best player in form of Messi, Madrid too must someone to compete and they buy Ronaldo in "whatever it takes, whatever it costs" manner. But now, it has reached whole new level because of both coaches, Pep and Mourinho.
Began from La Masia, heralded as world brightest talent in tender age, was a key component in Barcelona squad of 90's and soon being a captain, undispensable as the midfield whoever the coaches in charge of Barca, everything went smoothly in Pep Guardiola football career. Admired for his radar-like vision and deft pass, Pep embodied Barcelona philosophy which empashizes on passing. As a coach too he doesn't leave the philosophy behind, he develops it to perfection instead.
The emergence of Pep with his tiki-taka passing can't come at better time. Years before, football is dominated by 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1 formation. Emergence of Benitesque 4-2-3-1, Arsenal declined after their invincible season, and Greece crowned as Euro champion shape up European tactic from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1. I don't have problem with 4-5-1 formation, but when every team used the same pattern it became annoying. It was the same pattern, every team packed the midfield with 2 bulky midfielder and 3 offensive midfielder with a target man as spearhead. The match went static because the midfield is congested and the same formation means every position cancels out their respective opponent. The forward can't make way through the goal because he is against back-four and the midfielders can't find space because of packed midfield. Then, Pep came with his tiki-taka style saved football and guarded the value of beautiful football until today.
At first it didn't work well as Barca was shockingly defeated by Numancia at first match and draw with Santander week after. Just when the sacking letter were about to fly, Barca rose in style with 6-0 convincing victory over Gijon. Then, Barca was unstoppable taking all remainder available trophies. A champion with strong characteristic and beautiful game style, Barcelona were the most respectable team in the world, a feat which Magic Magyar Hungaria 1954 and Total Football Netherland 1974 failed to achieve.
But there came a man who stop Barca juggernaut and he was Mourinho whose trait is complete opposite of Pep. If Pep orders his players to press from front line, Mourinho prefers to defend deeply. Pep attacks his opponent regardless the condition, but Mourinho builds the solid fort in front of goal, waiting the attacking enemy caught offguard, and punishes them with swift counter attack. Pep would never tell his player to do dirty trick like diving, elbow, hard tackle, provocation etc (although we can exclude the diving now) but Mourinho has been using them since his tenure at Porto. Finished ? Not yet. Pep always talks nicely and humbly to press regardless his team won or lost. And also he always keeps good relationship with other managers. What a contrary. Mourinho's words are sharp and controversial. He frequently involved in feud with other managers, notably with Sir Alex Ferguson, Wenger, Lippi, and even club president La Monaco. Also, if Pep was the glorious player with , Mourinho was fail even in small stage of amateur Portugal league. Those opposites sums up the rivalry between them, Mourinho is notorious even once he was called "enemy of football" while Pep is famous for his good football in and out of pitch.
Mourinho's rivalry with Barcelona is as if already destined. He was the staff in Barcelona in 1992-2000, becoming the integral part of Bobby Robson and Louis Van Gaal's Barca. And just like Lucifer fell from heaven and builded his own kingdom of evil, Mourinho went out from Barcelona and builded the team with complete opposite of Barcelona philosophy. But his rivalry with Barca begun when he moved to Chelsea. Back then before Pep's reign, Barcelona were an apple in world's eyes. With Deco and Xavi controlled the midfield, Ronaldinho brought freestyle football and still owned opponent defenders, young Messi already showed glimpse of talent with his dribble, and predatory instinct in form of Eto'o, Barca were hailed as the best team in the world. But the juggernaut was stopped by Mourinho and it was Chelsea who progressed into the next round, upsetting the world who still wanted to see Barca beautiful game. The upset was even greater because Mourinho accused Andres Frisk did the favor for Barcelona by sending Drogba off. Soon, Frisk got death threat and forcing him to have sooner retirement. After the retirement, Mourinho had firmed his place, he was the devil and enemy of football. Critism and condemns flew over to Mourinho from throughout the world, but he coldly ignored all of them and still defended his notorious style until now. Like a devil, isn't he ? Still doing the evil job although the whole world hates him while still achieving the success. Next year, Mourinho met his former club again only to be beaten by 2006 champion Barcelona and thus sharpen the fiery relationship between them.
Then he moved to Internazionale Milan to bring long-dreamed Champion League trophy to the club. Mourinho is a fan of defending art and Inter Milan, under legendary Herrerra, was the club who popularized Catenaccio system. They were matched, weren't they ? But Mourinho failed to bring the big-ears in his first season after ultimately fell in MU hand. This was considered as a failure although he still won Serie-A. Mourinho was brought to Inter and he was paid the highest salary in the world to win UCL. Then here comes the fateful season for Inter and Mourinho. Inter advanced to semifinal and they meet Barcelona under Pep guidance who was heralded as most beautiful team in the world. It seemed Barca will win UCL back to back because they met the team who weren't able to win a single UCL in 44 years. But Mourinho surprised the world by beating Barca 3-1. This loss was a taint in Pep record as he had never lose by 2 goal margins during his tenure even until now. Then, the second leg was the fateful one. Thanks to outrageous Busquet's acting, Motta got an early bath in minute 26. With home adventage and 64 minutes remaining, it seemed Blaugrana will advanced to final. But in such tight and dire situation, Mourinho proved his dark art of defending was too strong. The world saw the long left Catenaccio again on 28 April 2010. Inter had no intention to have the ball, let alone to attack. Everyone defended valiantly against world best offence. In the end, Mourinho cemented his place as master of negative football with victory over world's finest football and as an ultimate enemy of Cules.
His move to Madrid heated up the already-very bitter relationship between them. Inter and Chelsea weren't Barcelona's enemy, but Mourinho succeded sparking up the fire between respective club against Barca. Now that he was at Barcelona's eternal nemesis, the temperature of El Classico was rosen to greater greater height. Imagine, the most hated man joined the most hated club. Now, Mourinho is [insert the noun that even greater than extremely bitter rival because I can't find one] of Barcelona.
Even better than Don Revie-Brian Clough
Till now, the good still win against the evil. Barca have won most of El Classico with Copa Del Rey as the only loss. A small casualties actually if compared to devastating 2-6 loses at Santiago Bernabeu. But, actually there are no good guy or bad guy in football. Both Pep and Mourinho only have different view on football and that's why football is amazing. We don't know who will have last laugh as both still have long future in managerial career. But one thing for sure, Pep-Mou rivalry is legendary and it will be remembered as greatest coach rivalry, even better than Don Revie-Brian Clough who funnily (or fatefully) was also about positive and negative football.
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Seeing how successful Barcelona is, people can’t help but to draw comparison with other greatest team ever. Wunder Team of Austria in 1930s (frequently falls into oblivion), Magic Magyar Hungary in 1954, Brazil in 1970, 1982, and 1986, Netherland 1974, or AC Milan in early 1990s. One could freely argue that Barca wouldn’t able to break through the best back four ever in form of Maldini-Costacurta-Baresi-Tassoti. And anyone would say the offensive power of Brazil in Pele or Zico’s era was better . And the other has opinion, Barca wouldn’t stand a chance against golden ratio of physical, technical, and tactical quality of Total Football under Cruyff commando. The arguments will lead nowhere as they are endless, but statistic isn’t something to argue for. Whether the teams mentioned above were better or worse, statistic proves that no team has ever achieve so many trophies as Barca have done. So statistically Barcelona is the most succesful team ever in the world. But, despite of difference in term of how their football played and pros and cons of each of them, they have one similarity. Every succesful team has key figures who could determine victory or loss singlehandedly. So, who are the key figures behind current Barcelona ? Here is the list of top 6, ranked from bottom to top.
6. Victor Valdes
Surprisingly I name Valdes as the number 6 in the list, ruling out the more high profile player such as Pique, Pedro, Fabregas or Villa. There is a strong justification behind it. Valdes is no longer the weak link in Barcelona team.
Back then, Valdes was blunder-prone goalkeeper and when the ball was heading toward him, Barca fans would have chill shooted down their spine as he would do something stupid. No one will forget how his terrible chip gave a cheap goal for Villa TWICE not once and he would fumble even the easiest ball.
Now, Barca fans can rest assured whenever Valdes accepts the ball. Except of few mistake he did when he let Van Persie scored at near post and El Classico December 2011, he does his job without any fuss. What makes him a great goalkeeper isn’t his superior reflex, positioning, or commando like any previous goalkeepers have. His greatest power lies in his passing ability. In term of distributing the ball upfield, Valdes is the best goalkeeper ever. Before emergence of tiki-taka Barca, goalkeeper is but a last-resort wall who will thwart any ball which breakthrough the defence. Now, goalkeeper must act as a cornerstone of offence and it is Valdes who revolutionizes the role. He has improved his handling, his reflex isn’t bad either. Add up his ball distribution quality, you cannot rate Valdes as a weak goalkeeper anymore.
5. Dani Alves
Barcelona didn’t bought him £30 million (23 million transfer with potential 7 million depended how he performed) for no reason. Pep just was promoted from coach of Barcelona B to Barcelona senior. Inverted winger strategy was not popular yet, but Pep and Barcelona saw a destructive potential in it with Lionel Messi cutting inside and one wing back providing the width. And no one but Alves who matched perfectly what Barca needed. He has legs and lungs to run covering the right sideline for 90 minutes. With Messi distract the left back of opposition, Alves would bomb forward at right flank, leaving the defender into abyssal dilemma. Mark Messi means leaving Alves with space and time to whip his first-class-quality cross to penalty box. Mark Alves and Messi will rampage in defence vital zone.
It is the width what Barcelona seeks from him. Despite their immense array of quality in the team, Barca doesn’t have someone who provides the quality from width. Messi plays best in free role close to opposition goal. Iniesta can pass superbly but crossing is different case, furthermore he tends to drift from flank to inside. Pedro, although he frequently positions himself at outside, his best role is a scorer and his best trait also drifting inside. Maxwell prefers dribble to cross and his crossing is just so-so. When no one provides the width, the opposition just simply stacks up their men in central position and Barcelona wouldn’t have any space to breakthrought regardless of their passing quality. The solid proof is, the only loss of Spain in World Cup 2010 was against Switzerland when Spain didn’t have width before they introduced Navas in the game. Switzerland just put their men at center and Spain only could circulate the ball around the box but to no avail. Without Alves, Barcelona’s offensive power would decrease by some levels.
4. Andres Iniesta
With Xavi, Iniesta has forged the nearly telephatic teamwork . While Xavi acts as primary playmaker and stays in hole spraying the ball to his teammates, it is Iniesta job to provide the driving force. He runs, glides, and slithers past defenders with amazing control and technique. With his first-class passing and vision, he also acts as vice-playmaker alongside Xavi to provide extra attacking outlet.
His coordination with Messi is superb too. Messi has free role in attacking scheme. Sometimes he sits at shoulder of defence ready to punish even smallest mistake of defender. But sometimes Messi roams around the midfield, trying to outnumber his opponent’s midfielder and drawing the defender out of their position. When Messi runs rampage at midfield, it is Iniesta job to exploit the gap at defence line. The best example of the scheme was when Barcelona won over Madrid 3-2 in Super Cup. Look how Messi drawn Carvalho out ot his position and Iniesta darted forward to receive the through ball to score.
He could work as vice-playmaker, run to shake the defence line, pass the ball around to open the chance for his teammate, but he also could act as a scorer. He has quickness and dynamism which Xavi lacks and he has perfect game-understanding to know when he should assist the midfield or dart forward to score. He truly is the best complement in his combination of fatal triangle with Xavi and Messi.
3. Lionel Messi
What must be said already been said. Best player in his generation by some distance and arguably one of the best ever in football history. Barcelona main scoring machine and most assists also come from him. There has been no one except him who roles as top scorer and top assists at same time. Too bad he missed Copa Del Rey and El Pichichi title last season, but that didn’t matter whatsoever. Copa Del Rey is the least prestigous trophy among the rest which Barca achieved while Ronaldo scores more than him, Messi’s goals weight more as he scores against big teams including Madrid numerous time and Ronaldo doesn’t have even half of his assists.
He showed his immense talents under Rijkaard tenure, but it was Pep who shaped him up to the like we saw today. Under Pep, Messi scores astounding record with minimum 50 goals and double digit assists tally per season. Several years ago, Messi was known for his close dribbling. Now, Messi has developed into more complete attacker by adding sense of teamwork. Pinnacle of individual excellence integrates into perfect harmonic system, Messi and Pep’s Barcelona defines how a superstar should work in a team without sacrificing his talent.
Messi is Barcelona best player and he is the main scorer, but it is Xavi who controls the match and crafts the chances. Tiki-taka without Messi may result in fruitless possession, but without Xavi, Barca will struggle even to uphold their beloved philosophy. Although all Barcelona players have exceptional passing ability, but only Xavi who is able to recycle the ball and keep possession for another, another, and another minute. Not even Iniesta and Messi can do this. He is the main reason why Barcelona always get over 60 % ball possession regardless the opposition.
Cruijff once said ,”If we have the ball, they can’t score”. Years later comes someone who incarnates the line with perfect fashion. If Barcelona always have least conceded goals for every year, it is not because they have perfect defence. In contrary, Barca’s defence is awful espcecially without their captain Puyol. It is because Barca only give 30 minutes for their opposition. And Xavi is the main actor behind the rest of 60 minutes. With his extremely excellent game understanding and deft passing, Xavi attacks and defends at same time. To put it short, he is the fundamental, the brain, soul, and heartbeat of Barcelona. He is the most important player in Barcelona,…..oh wait…
1. Charles Puyol
No, the most important player is none other than their main defender and captain Charles Puyol. Old saying says “The best defence is attack” and Cruijff said the line above, but there is also old quote which truth is undisputed “Offence wins the game, but defence wins the championship”. Xavi limits enemy possession, but his magic will come to no avail if the opponent could break through Barcelona porous defence. It is Puyol who thwarts and repels the attack to prevent enemy from scoring. Once again statistic will prove it. Since 11 September 2010, The Catalans has suffered 7 defeats and Puyol didn’t play even a second in the matches. Barca could still win without Iniesta Xavi Messi, but they lose even to the likes of Hercules, Betis, and Getafe. And just count how many times Puyol saves Blaugrana from abyss against their nemesis Real Madrid. There were times when Messi didn’t perform at his best against Les Merengues. There were (rare) occasions when Madrid succeed in limiting Xavi Iniesta influence. But Puyol always succeed in frustrating Madrid. The most recent and fresh is example is when Puyol scored an equaliser in Copa Del Rey first leg which ended in 1-2 in Barca favour. The goal built the confidence and momentum for Cules when in same time he ruins Madrid’s. Even without the recent goal he scored he still is Madrid biggest enemy with fine defending and numerous crucial interception he pulled off.
If we give it a thought over and over, Puyol is the most perfect defender for Barcelona. In ultra attacking mentality of Barcelona, the defence bears the biggest burden. In front of him is Busquet whose nature isn’t a fine anchor man or defensive midfielder. Alongside him in central position is Pique and he doesn’t have spirit, tenacity, and game reading to keep his enemy from breaking through. At both flank, Alves is the suspect in defending and Abidal, second most defensive player in backfour, fails to replicate his Lyon form. Behind him, Valdes isn’t Casillas or Neuer who could keep the opponent at bay regardless how bad the defence is. So, practically Puyol defends alone. It was the same situation and condition which put Cannavaro from the world highest summit into a mediocre defender. He was just crowned as world champion and world best player, but not long after he moved to Madrid. Canna still had Casillas behind his back, Puyol doesn’t. It doesn’t mean Puyol is better defender, it only describes how difficult to defend among all attacking teammates.
Remember Chygrynskiy ? He was the leader of defence in Dynamo Kiev, but he disastrously failed during his time at Barcelona. It was because he couldn’t cope with fluid passing ability of the team. He was way too static and his distribution was poor, even worst then goalkeeper Valdes. Luckily Barcelona has Puyol. He has been the rock at defence -ever since Van Gaal era- without putting off Barcelona trademark trait of passing.
And Puyol also can play as right back. While it seems like a small matter, it actually is important one in small squad of Barcelona. In long and tiring season, having a backup of certain position is essential and there 2 ways to deal with it. First, having the deep squad just like Madrid have. Second, have a versatile player who can play in different positions. Pep chooses second option unlike his nemesis. So, whenever Pep unable to insert Dani Alves name into match rooster, he just simply substitute him with Puyol. Although Puyol doesn’t have lungs and legs of Alves, at least he gives solidity in right flank.
There is peculiarity even from the title. Why is it Top 6 instead of common Top 5 ? Actually I also found it weird, but Valdes is just too good to be excluded from the list. To exclude someone who revolutionize the role of goalkeeper is an insult so it would be better to have uncommon list.
The list doesn’t reflect the quality of the players, it reflects how influential they are for the team. There are some quite differences between best and influential player. Messi sure is the best player among them, even among players around the world, but his influence and contribution are still less compared to Xavi and Puyol.
The bad news for Barcelona and fans is, they haven’t found the replacement of number 1 and 2. They still haven’t found someone who could keep the possession and set the game pace just like Xavi does. Also there aren’t someone who could defend valiantly and still ensures good distribution from backline like Puyol does. Thiago Alcantara is the similar mould of Iniesta and unless some dramatic change, he won’t be able to step up in Xavi place and Barca won’t be the same again. In defence, Pep has introduce Fontas and Muniesa into senior team, but honestly they play like Pique instead of Puyol. Imagine the backline with 2 Pique, Valdes will work harder and pick the ball more from his goal more than ever. Beware Barcelona, both most influential players are close to the dawn of careers. And the time Barcelona unable to replace them, it will be the time Barcelona’s dinasty falls.
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Does Football Player Really Deserve The Big Salary ?
Posted on March 19, 2012
Dear readers, with your current income, how many years does it take to earn €114,000 ? Does it take 10 or 25 or 50 years ? If you answer 1 day, you must be Cristiano Ronaldo because it is the amount of money he gets DAILY. I bet everyone already knows about how big is the footballer income and moans how it unfair is the life. You maintain the order, defence the motherland, save people by risking yours, developing technology for better future etc, but your income is nowhere near the someone whose job is running and kicking the ball. At first thought, you condemn and complain how the system of life sucks so much. But, lets give it a second thought by assessing if they really worth the money.
They Are Really Overpaid
Lets take a vote, does the footballers really deserve it ? See, the majority says not so I will begin reasoning why they really should get pay cut.
Importance In Life
Imagine the world without football and football itself never existed even from the very fist place. Well no problem, there are still a lot of fun in the world. But how if there are no polices, firefighters, researchers, engineer, or doctor ? Misery, misery, and misery.. We can survive if there is no football game for a day, a year, or even forever. But, some will not last even a hour if all the doctors in the world commence a strike simultaneously. That explains how insignificant the profession of footballer relative to other jobs.
Yes, money is not everything. There are a lot of people with noble heart who works not for money. But come on, you would question about justice when a soldier ,who protect your country with his life, can’t afford his €10,000 child’s cure while in same time Rooney earns €100,000 for the goals he score –which does not affect human life at all-. The common sense is, the more important you are, the more appreciation you should have. The appreciation is not all about money, but you wonder how many times we say thank you to close and small unnoticed service like the janitor. In contrary, we hail Maradona as if he is a God although we don’t know him and vice versa. We hail Pele for his 1,000 goals although without them the world is still the same. Where is the logic, world ?
Sport teaches us about sportmanship and fair play, that is what we used to hear back then. Today, the line is completely irrelevant because there is no single match without cheating. Diving, violent tackle, racist insult, undiscipline, those were some viruses which plague football today and sadly they are only a tip of icebergs. The worse is, they still get paid for all the nasty conduct they did and shows the terrible example for all the kids who idolize them. And the worst of all, they are paid using your money. So indirectly, all the money you spent for ticket, merchandise, and television will be the present for all nasty deeds they have done. Or
The terrible conduct on the pitch is bad, but terrible conduct off the pitch is worse. A public figure should be the good example for people around him, let alone their fans. Just count how many cheating and sexual scandal which involves footballer. We don’t want our kids to follow John Terry’s lead in cheating, do we ? And should we see the lads goint involves in night life party like Adriano and Ronaldinho just because they are the idol ? There are still many unexemplary deed such as shoplifting, street brawl, or even drug abuse. Once again I must stress how great the influence of the idol could affect their admirer. The admirer could follow the footstep to destruction without even knowing it. Such bad-manner player really do not deserve such big sum of money.
That’s all about why the footballers are not deserved for their big money. Now we are entering the grey area where the opinion is still vague and arguable.
As long as I remember, I only can recall 4 footballers names whose family aren’t poor. They are Kaka, Pirlo, Del Piero and Vialli. Most of the rest come from poor family especially those who come from South America and Africa. For them, sport is their only way to escape from poverty lasso which binds their countries tightly. Frequently, such background makes an easy excuse to grant them the big payment and freedom to have the life they have never experienced without knowing it is the most enjoyable path to destruction. Lets take Ronaldinho as example. Just when he reached his peak in career, he began to be disoriented. The bright spotlight, money, admiration, luxury, and elite life was beyond his childhood imagination. Then the downfall began. He was tempted to attend flickering night life, spending money without worry of starving at next day, and other luxuries he couldn’t afford back then in Brazil. And why was he tempted to do so ? Because he had money. The money pours into his account like torrential rain, an amount which he has never seen before. Well it tells us, however bad is the background, however pitiful is the past experience, overpaid salary is not an excuse to allow footballer earns such big money.
If we talk about the invidual with big revenue, the field which pops out of our mind is athlete and entertainment. Movie star and singer earn more money than any athlete in the world but that is where the logic is distorted once again. The celebrity could still earn money through advanced years while the case isn’t the same for athlete. Al Pacino is currently one of the senior actor and he still could live himself from film industry for 40 years since his debut in tender age. Paul McCartney can still sing and compose the song although he is 70 years old now. How about athlete, in this case footballer ? The option is very limited. After entering 30 years old phase, they must already think about the job in next 3 years because it is most likely the club won’t use his service anymore. But the choices is very limited. Usually, after their retirement, they choose the career as football analyis, commentator, or any football staff role. There are a lot of topics that could be drawn from here, but I will focus on financial aspect for now. The entertainer could still get the same payment like they did 20 years ago, but the salary for coach, commentator etc is smaller by great distance compare to active player.
So, if the entertainers get such big money then footballers also deserve it too even they deserve it more because of career time limitation. No, it is the big no. Admitted, we live in unfair world but it doesn’t mean everything must be unjust. Remember the first point I mentioned in this article. Even the footballer getting such big money is very unfair so they must accept the short career cruelty. Honestly, all the money they get during their career is enough for their rest of lifes if they spend it wisely. And, they already know their playing time is very short from the very first time they choose footballer as occupation. The question is, have they anticipated the retirement day ? Have they invest their money for future instead of buying newest Lamborghini annually ? Have they think the job they would take 10 years ahead instead of thinking which pary they would attend ?. I would say the short career that footballer has is not an excuse to earn such big revenue because they have already seen it coming and they should prepare for it from the very start of career.
What ? They Deserve It ?
It seems footballers really do not deserve those chunk of money. But, how if they really do ? How if they really worth those big salary ? There are the reason for it and here are they.
Bet of Life
When a kid chooses football as his career, he is betting his life on it and the gamble is extremely high risk. This is something any educated people would never experience. For those lucky souls who have good education, he could work in any job regardless of their education background. If you are enginerring student and you realize you are not talented enough, you can still work at different field of job in any company, being a businessman or being an entrepreneur etc and still achieve success, at least you can earn money to feed you and family. But that is the luxury which footballer never have. A lot of kids choose football in expense of their education. And just how many of them could make it to professional level ? For those footballers who can live themselves, congratulation. No matter how small is your team and your league, you must consider yourselves lucky if you can still live from football because there are millions unfortunate footballers who barely live with football. The elite football player receives a very spotlight, but remember, brighter light means darker shadow. Behind the glamorous light of famous football star, there are many players at the bottom of pyramid desperately reach greater height, let alone the summit where the likes of Messi and Ronaldo belong.
This is why the job is very extremely risky. Talent alone is not enough to guarantee you could break through to be professional player. If somehow you are injured, your career is done. If you once do something stupid even if it is in unconsious manner, your career might be over. High talent but always have bad coaches throughout career, you won’t advance any further. You have better talent then Messi Maradona but being overlooked by coach and scout ? Career is done again. Those are only a mere few examples and there are still a lot of stumbling block along the path as a professional player. Imagine the life of failed footballer. They already left school from very young age and they don’t have any other skill except football. So, in order to live, they must do anything to continue their life, including being a criminal. Just imagine how miserable is life if you must live without skill and there is no future certainty. This is the main reason why footballer deserves such high pay.
The logic is simple. If the community does willingly pay big amount of money for football, why does football refuse it ? The best example is Arsenal. Since moving to their new stadium, Arsenal has never won any single trophy. And since their move too, Arsenal has been selling the most expensive seasonal ticket in the world. Funny. The fans still insist buying seasonal ticket, merchandise, TV programme, only to watch their beloved team has no ambition whatsoever to satisty them. The same goes to the rest of fans and their clubs. The supply exists because of demand and vice versa. Footballers earn the money they get from their fans. If the community doesn’t support football anymore, of course the footballers will have their salary cut. But for now, the community still willingly handing their money for football so, why should the footballers refuse the money ? They are at the most adventegeous side and if the condition goes unchange, they remain will.
Now, which side are you at ? The big salary for footballer, deserve or not deserve ? If I were asked and I must answer it, it is the close call and I would answer they deserve it. Partly, I don’t agree the footballers get such high salary and I really support. Their revenue is growing annually yet their professionalism is dwindling. But, if somehow the footballers have their salary cut, imagine the effect on non-elite player. Even now, there are many player who barely survive with salary from football.
My solution is , the player must have a good education since their young age. La Masia is one good example for it. They don’t only train football. La Masia knows maybe there are only few men out of hundreds who could make it through professional level. So, they teach other skills beside football in case they fail at it. The method should be applied in every football institution. By giving the preparation for further life, at least they could still earn their life and stay away from world of crime. Hey, it could reduce the criminal number too. Cool. We hope for it too, don’t we ?
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