The Benefits Of Lionel Messi

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7th January 2013, Lionel Messi became the first four-time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year award after shattering German prolific footballer Gerd Muller’s world record of 85 goals in a calendar year by scoring 91 goals last year for Barcelona and Argentina (Aspin, 2013). Merely a year after that, Lionel Messi became the world highest paid footballer after received almost £1million per week (Mcleman, 2015). It is not surprising that he managed to earn enormous wages. In fact, in recent studies carried out by (Boyle, n.d.), shows that salaries that have been paid to top footballers risen 1508% in the past 18 years which is from 1992 to 2010. According to Cunningham (2013), the increase in the percentage of footballers’ wages from 1961 until …show more content…
In the latest research lead by Bolton (2012), claimed that it is unfair for a football player to gain weekly salary that is thirty times more than annual wages of a full-time firefighter who involves in 48 hour shifts, involve in scenes of traumatic accidents, and most importantly save lives but only gain salary of around £25,000 and the paramedics around £28,000 annually. Some communities also might say that the footballers’ salaries should be given to the armed forces who willingly sacrificed themselves to protect the country. For instance, Skillen in his interview with Rio Ferdinand argued those footballers’ salaries overpriced compared to public service people such as the armed forces (Ferdinand: Footballers ARE overpaid Compared to the Army... but we earn a lot LESS than other sport star!, 2013). Even so, one cannot simply imply that working as a footballer is safe and secure. To illustrate, on October 14, 2006 (“Ten worst football injuries”, 2013) reported that Petr Cech, who was Chelsea goalkeeper during the incident, nearly faced death after being kneed on the head by Reading’s Stephen Hunt. Then he suffered a blood clot and need to undergone emergency surgery for a depressed fracture of the skull. Three months later, Cech made an inexplicable return after being told …show more content…
They are ready to take the risks by making an important life decision to become a football player since they aged 7 years old although they know that they might find failure as the consequences. Not to mention that footballers only have 8 years average span of time during their career to accumulate money for their remaining life after retirement. Even more, there were some of the footballers involved in a controversial collision and almost facing death. Indeed, football is a dangerous career as there are some very boisterous, strong and large players and there is a chance for a soccer player to get a critical injury. In a way they should get paid for the time they spent working and entertaining football fans. Therefore, we need to support and encourage them instead of criticising

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