When football players sign for a club, or hand in transfer requests, they always say that they did it, because they want to win trophies. Some even say, that football is all about winning trophies. Given that these football players are professionals, do they really want to win trophies?
Football has changed a lot in recent years. There is so much money involved this days, that its difficult to comprehend. There is no surprise that every player wants to earn more money. Modern footballer is a professional, who puts his financial interests above all else.
Winning trophies is, on the other hand, a mere prestige. When career ends, money is what supports players, and not trophies. Trophy is just a reminder of an achievement, which sits quietly in dusty old cabinet just beside some, even older, painting.
A while ago, Raheem Sterling
made a move from Liverpool to Manchester City. This move was labeled as very greedy. The player left Liverpool, the club who helped him get his stardom, for Manchester City, a very rich club.
“It’s not about the money at all. It’s never been about money. I talk about winning trophies throughout
my career. That’s all I talk about. I don’t talk about how many cars I’m going to drive, how many houses I’ve got. I just purely want to be the best I can be.“
Was Raheem really not interested in money, when he transferred to Manchester City? Was he really interested in trophies? I don’t think so!
DailyMail reported that Sterling was earning around £35.000 a week at Liverpool
, before his move to City. Talk sport is reporting that he is earning close to £200.000 a week
now, at Manchester City. That’s a big pay rise. Sterling should have taken pay cut, and not pay rise, if he would be true to his words. He shouldn’t have gone to City, but Celtic. Given that there isn’t much competition in Scotland, Sterling would get at least one trophy every year.
Sterling is just your average professional football player. He simply follows the money. I remember a while ago Adebayor, and his unusual statement. He said:
“I have to prepare for my retirement as a player, too. Even if you’re not scoring fine goals and you have money, you can enjoy a happy retirement. The time for preparing for that moment is now.”
Adebayor was very honest with this statement. A lot more honest than Sterling was. Professional players don’t care if they win trophies or not. They just care about the money!
The funny thing is that most football players go bust, not because they earn to little, but because they spend too much. Professional football players have the wrong mindset. They concentrate on earning money so much, they forget about keeping it!
To sum up, football players don’t care about trophies. They usually just say this, because it sounds good. They care mostly about money. The more the better. The problem here is that they concentrate on earning money too much. If they really want to have a happy retirement, they should concentrate on how to spend less, and not worry about the bigger salary.