Top soccer players’ pharaonic salaries

The pay of leading professional association footballers causes a variety of reactions, writes Dalrymple. The large salaries turn the soccer players into celebrities. Their appearance anywhere

launches a thousand cameras, and their doings, such as crashing Ferraris into a tree half an hour after they have bought them, is an inexhaustible source of gossip in celebrity magazines.

But, Dalrymple says,

almost everyone who reflects on such things is made uneasy by their salaries — to say nothing of their non-salary incomes from endorsements and advertising. What do their incomes, earning more in a week that ten teachers in a year, tell us about our society’s scale of values?

Even the most laissez-faire liberals

sometimes feel uneasy at such colossal rewards for an activity which, while entertaining and exciting, is not, or at least ought not to be, an important part of the world’s work. Very few people are immune from the feeling that something is out of kilter.

Since, Dalrymple adds,

the whole world is now run on the oldest and most durable of political philosophies, namely that of bread and circuses, the latter are flourishing.

 

 

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