Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Michael Owen argues that soccer’s current salaries are justifiable, and says that footballers only earn as much as athletes do in other sports. The former England striker Michael Owen further stated that wages for footballers are deserved due to the high amount of interest shown in the sport by numerous fans across the globe.
Recently it was revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo, who earns €21 million a year, is the richest footballer in the world, while Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o are second and third respectively. Over the last few years, salaries have continued to soar and the recently renewed £300,000 weekly deal for Wayne Rooney at Manchester United has seen the spotlight thrown on this issue once again.
While many believe there should be a cap on wages, Owen realizes that the money given to footballers can be justified.
Owen wrote in a column on Sportlobster, a blog that he has invested in,
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