David Beckham feels young soccer players are overpaid. Read the rest of the story below, as well as see photos and video of David Beckham.
Soccer star and all around hottie David Beckham, who signed a $250 million 5 year deal with the LA Galaxy last year, thinks soccer’s young talent is being overpaid. He believes this overpayment will eventually ruin soccer, as the young talent will have no incentive to grow, learn, and succeed.
“It used to be that when you got into the first team then the rewards would come, whereas young kids these days are earning so much money at such a young age. You want that hunger there, you want the hunger to be rewarded. Unfortunately, that’s not the case these days. They can all afford to buy their own cars. That’s the bad part – to have that at such a young age.”
Beckham is talking about players like Cristiano Ronaldo, who was signed to a roughly $19.5 million deal at the tender age of 18. Many people felt this deal was outrageous, as Ronaldo was young and had not proven himself on a competitive, professional stage.
I have to say, I completely understand Beck’s point. If young players don’t have to work to earn that money, what incentive do they have to work hard and improve? You just have to be good enough to get that first deal – whether you prove to be as good as advertised doesn’t seem to matter. However, I don’t think someone making $250 million over five years, on top of whatever he’s getting paid to play in Milan for a while, plus whatever he makes as the face of Armani, Sharpie, and his own fragrance line, and various other things I’m sure he gets paid for, has a lot of room to talk about people being over paid. Especially given he spent a large chunk of time injured and not playing when he first got to the Galaxy.
But what do I know?
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