The recent recession has hit many of us…hard. We’ve had to downgrade our cars, find new forms of employment and even sold off family possessions to try and raise a few valuable pounds to make sure we can cope with the rising costs of living, including increasing fuel and utility prices.
What makes things worse is that there are certain people who seem to be essentially immune to the economic downturn. No, in this instance I’m not necessarily talking about bankers or MPs, but another category of people who can demand astronomical salaries, and they do what many would call “no work whatsoever.” I’m talking about professional footballers.
While we’re all struggling to make ends meet, having to swap Caribbean cruises for a trip down the Norfolk Broads; we’re reading newspaper stories about players being unhappy because they’re ONLY paid £100,000 each week! It’s enough to make your blood boil sometimes. However, amongst all of the anger and heated discussions with other football fans about how there’s no loyalty in the game anymore or how we’d play for nothing, there are some interesting facts that emerge, particularly those unveiled in this interactive infographic created by Clear Debt: http://debt.co.uk/football/
The graphic lets us – the regular, every day people who sit on the terraces and fund the people we’re watching roll about laughably on the floor – compare our salaries to those of the top stars, finding out how long it would take us to make as much as they earn each week. It also reveals just how favourable some of the top stars are, by letting us see their social following, the people who ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the players compared to how much they cost the club.
You might be surprised to learn about a few teams and players whereby the most expensive signing who scores 30 goals each season has fewer followers than a player who comes through the youth system and grafts week in week out seemingly unnoticed.
Take a look, there are some really intriguing insights into life behind the Alice bands and the supercars.