Premier League footballers: Amoral, selfish, greedier than bankers, yet idolised & paid millions

Originally Posted: The Daily Mail UK Online | RightMinds
Author: Stephen Glover, 28th September, 2011

Spoiled brat: Carlos Tevez is paid £13 million a year, yet refused to play during Manchester City's Tuesday evening match against Bayern Munich. Source: Daily Mail | RightMinds

Can there be a group of people which is greedier, more selfish, more out-of-touch and even richer than bankers? A group whose effect on the young is far more pernicious? Yes. They are called Premier League footballers.
And yet you will scan the party conference speeches of our political leaders in vain to find any critical references to avaricious, overpaid footballers. On Tuesday, Ed Miliband had a swing at Sir Fred Goodwin, the risible and incompetent former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland. An easy and popular target.
But the Labour leader, in a speech which, by the way, was more Right-wing than most commentators have realised, would not have dared take a swipe at Carlos Tevez if this puffed-up little Argentinian had misbehaved one day earlier. Politicians want to be photographed joshing with footballers (remember Tony Blair?). They do not like to be seen criticising them.
Carlos Tevez is reputedly paid £250,000 a week by Manchester City. I make that £13 million a year. Not many bankers receive as much. One might have thought that being so well remunerated, Tevez would have been prepared to come off the substitutes’ bench on Tuesday evening to help kick a ball around for 25 minutes against Bayern Munich; but he wasn’t.
When his manager, Roberto Mancini, indicated that he wanted him on the field, the footballer remained glued to the bench, pouting like a sullen five-year-old. No one knows why he was disinclined to join in. Some pundits suggest he had been upset not to be asked to substitute centre-forward Edin Dzeko, who had been replaced ten minutes earlier, and so had decided to sulk.


Incidentally, Edin Dzeko, who hails from Bosnia, is another spoilt brat. He had words with Mr Mancini as he was called off the pitch, and appeared to throw down his football boots and tracksuit top, as well as aiming a sarcastic thumbs-up in the direction of his manager. What a sportsman!

Anyway, although Mr Mancini is cross with Dzeko, he is incandescent with Tevez, and in the mangled English that almost all modern managers speak (I don’t just mean the foreign ones, either), he has declared that the Argentinian will never play for Manchester City again.
Tevez, for his part, has issued a statement saying that his ‘position may have been misunderstood’, and apologising to fans for ‘any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich’. Despite having played football in this country for five years, he has not bothered to learn more than very basic English, and often speaks through an interpreter.
You may say that Tevez is too slight a figure to be taken seriously. But isn’t he an example of what Mr Miliband was speaking about when he said that the link between honest reward and effort had been severed, giving way to the ‘something for nothing of celebrity culture’? Tevez evidently thinks he should be paid absurd amounts of money merely for staying on a bench.
Notwithstanding his hollow apology to fans, he has no more concern for Manchester City supporters than a 17th century Spanish nobleman would have had for hapless peasants splattered by mud from his passing carriage. And yet he was born poor, in a town near Buenos Aires called Apache and known for its violence, drugs and high crime rate.
The pity of it is that there are young poor boys today in Apache, as there are in Manchester, proudly wearing expensive football shirts with Tevez’s name on the back. I do not dispute that he is a very talented footballer — last year he was the equal top scorer in the Premier League: but for all kinds of reasons he is not the right kind of hero.
Even before his sulky performance on Tuesday evening, he had won a reputation for being a difficult and rebarbative man. What is there to admire in him? His fleet of shiny supercars? The fact that, though married, he has been linked to an Argentinian model called Mariana Paesani?
I suppose that, in a spirit of fairness, we should acknowledge that — unlike several prominent Premier League footballers — he has not been involved in a public fight or been known to hit anyone while drunk. Nor, unlike a sizeable number of members of the England football team, has he taken out a super-injunction to conceal extra-marital shenanigans.

Is there one footballer in the freak show that is today’s Premier League who exemplifies those qualities of self-restraint, sobriety, modesty and decency which we associate with the football stars of the 1950s and 1960s? The best of them really were heroes, to be admired and respected. If there is any such person in the Premier League, which is largely made up of foreign mercenaries with little true loyalty to their clubs, we haven’t yet heard about him.

Everybody quite rightly berates overpaid bankers who continue to pay themselves vast bonuses despite having been bailed out by the hard-pressed taxpayer. But there are very few bankers who can match Premier League footballers for mindless consumerism or shameful behaviour. And some of them, I venture to suggest, do contribute more to the real economy than grown men kicking a football around a pitch.
Moreover, the economics of football are based on a mirage. Tevez’s vast wages, and those of his team-mates, are not wholly covered by the increasing costs of tickets and television revenue. Manchester City is able to pay such large wages and transfer fees because it is reputedly the richest club in the world — owned by a little-known multi-billionaire called Sheikh Mansour, a member of the ruling family of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, which is a very long way from being a proper democracy.

But who cares? Football, with its cosseted players and gum-chewing managers and mysterious foreign backers and shady agents, occupies a kind of alternative universe celebrated by much of the media, not least the BBC, and scarcely, if ever, criticised by politicians.

Original Article, Read MoreAmoral and greedier than bankers, so why does no politician dare to give footballers a kicking? Mail Online.

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2 Comments on “Premier League footballers: Amoral, selfish, greedier than bankers, yet idolised & paid millions”

  1. January 22, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  2. Anonymous
    December 3, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    all boys want to be footballers when they grow up ,now you know why!

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