Former England, Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes footballers’ wages are justified due to the high demand for the sport.
Wayne Rooney’s recent five-year deal with Manchester United created a buzz, mainly because of his staggering £300,000 weekly wage packet, which makes the striker the highest paid footballer in Britain.
Writing in his blog on social network Sportlobster Owen, who scored 40 goals in 89 appearances for the Three Lions, argues the criticism over footballers’ earnings is unjust if other salaries in the entertainment industry are not considered.
He believes if more and more money is poured into sports, from supporters and companies, the athletes will continue to ask for a bigger slice of the pie.
He wrote: “Despite many of these issues being extremely important, I can’t help but think the current hysteria surrounding footballers reported wage packets is over-hyped and unnecessary.
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