Man U’s Juan Mata blasts ‘silly’ amount of money footballers earn, says young footballers ‘think they’re rockstars’

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Man U player Juan Mata who earns about £150,000 per
week has come out to blast young footballers and the huge
amount of money being thrown at them, saying he doesn’t
mind reducing his salary if it means going back to the old
days when football was purely for the fun of it, purely for
the fans and not now that business men have
commercialized football.
Spain star Mata cost £37million when he left Chelsea for
United two years ago and has become the first high-profile
Premier League player to voice his unease about the
commercialization of a sport he adores.
‘Football is very well remunerated at this level,’ said
the 27-year-old in an interview on Spanish TV show
Salvados.
‘We live in a bubble. Compared to the rest of
society, we earn a ridiculous amount. It’s
unfathomable. With respect to the world of football,
I earn a normal wage. But compared to 99.9 per
cent of Spain and the rest of the world, I earn a silly
amount.’
‘Every player thinks he’s Diego Maradona when he
joins a big club. That happens to all of us but then
you notice it in the younger players. You see kids
who think they’re rock stars, wearing extravagant
clothes and driving flash cars. Sometimes you have
to take them aside and have a word.’
The Premier League’s new broadcasting rights deal is
worth £5.1billion and comes into effect at the end of this
season. It is expected to catapult spending to another jaw-
dropping level.
Representatives of Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic are
reported to be informing interested parties it will cost
£600,000 a week to sign him from Paris Saint-Germain but
Mata feels fans should be prioritized and not business men
aiming to make profits.
‘The business side of football makes it seem as
though the owners are now more important than the
fans,’ said Mata.
‘I don’t enjoy the business side of football. I love the
game. I love training and competing. ‘I’d take a pay
cut if there was less business involvement in the
sport. At this level, we’re very well paid and
sometimes you start thinking there isn’t much of a
difference between x and x+3.’
Source: UK Mirror

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