Tag: football

Are professional footballers criminally underpaid?

Are professional footballers criminally underpaid?

The discussion of footballers being overpaid is something that is often ranted about in the modern era, often comparing their wages to people in the armed forces. So I thought that I would do some research to hopefully explain to those that have no clue on the subject just where the money from football goes. For this post I will use Manchester United as my example, just to show how much the players earn in comparison to how much the club makes.

So in 2016, Manchester United made a total of £515.3m, this is just what they brought in to the club, without spending their money elsewhere on transfers and wages. Obviously, this money was earned from shirt sales, worldwide deals, television revenue and sponsorships. The profit that was made from the £515.3m after it had been invested elsewhere was around £167m. So where exactly does this profit go? The main shareholders of Manchester United are Delaware which is a company based in the USA, it has strong affiliations with the person that officially invested into the club in 2004, Malcolm Glazer. Delaware have about 67% of the shares, and there are six representatives that get the money between them. 67% of £167m is just under £112m, splitting £112m between 6 would equate to an estimated £18.6m that these people get for literally being in the hierarchy of the Delaware. Are these the reason that Manchester United have the reputation that they currently have and the historic national/continental success they have experienced? No, absolutely not! The highest earner at Manchester United reportedly is Zlatan Ibrahimovic who makes £19.1m, the next highest earner comes way below the £18.6m mark that the 6 shareholders will gain. For example, Marcus Rashford who was a main part of Manchester United’s success in 2016 only earned as little as £2.5m.. this makes the figure seem incredibly small.

So in conclusion, the money that footballers actually earn is probably not as much as they should get. Just like Marcus Rashford and many other ‘superstars’ that play for Manchester United. It is not their faults that football is of so much interest, and that their club is a Worldwide business. The lesson from this is that footballers do their jobs, and make great money for their business, therefore their money is either justified, or not enough.

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Bet Of The Day 27/04/2017

Bet Of The Day 27/04/2017

After yesterday’s convincing double, I am feeling even more confident with today’s following bets, as I know a lot of people don’t like the shorter odds I will also add a bigger odds bet today for those that like a punt. As always, I believe the bet of the day will come through, but with the longer bet there are no promises due to the bigger odds, read my reasons for why I have picked the bets and make a decision yourself on how much you would like to stake.

Bet Of The Day:

Manchester City vs Manchester United = over 1.5 goals. 2/7

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo = Sevilla win. 1/3

Adding these to a double would account to 0.71/1, so just like yesterday a little bank builder.

Longer odds acca:

Manchester City vs Manchester United = Manchester United or draw (double chance). 5/6

Anderlecht vs Sporting Charleroi = Anderlecht win to nil. 5/4

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo = Sevilla win. 1/3

Atletico Bilbao vs Betis = Atletico Bilbao win. 2/5

If you accumulate all these, it would add up to 6.7/1, which is at a lot heftier price and to be honest looks pretty good odds.

Here are my reasons to why I have chosen these bets…

Manchester City vs Manchester United: So for this game, firstly I have gone for over 1.5 goals, this is a derby which both teams need to win for the top four. I think this game will be an end-to-end game, and without Ibrahimovic, Manchester United will play with more pace on the counter of Manchester City’s possession game which could see a few goals. At home, Manchester City average 2.8 goals, whilst away from home United average 2.67 goals per game. Both teams in 30 appearances have only failed to score 3 times, the earlier meeting this season also saw 3 goals. The next bet in this game I have gone for is Manchester United double chance, I just can’t see them losing to a City side that must be tired both mentally and physically after their extra time defeat in the FA Cup. Manchester City have only managed to win 8 times in 15 appearances at home this season, whilst Manchester United have only lost twice in 15 appearances on the road. To add to this, Manchester United haven’t been beat in the league for a very long time, it was 6 months ago on a run that now stretches over 20 games.

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo: Sevilla have been very impressive at home this year, winning 12 games out of 16, leading to them getting a Champions League spot, on the other hand Celta Vigo have been shaky on the road, conceding 29 goals in 16 games and only winning 4 out of a possible 16. Sevilla beat Celta Vigo 0-3 earlier in the season and with Celta Vigo focusing on the Europa League, you can expect Sevilla to beat them again this season.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Betis: Athletic Bilbao are very, very impressive at home, this season they have won 12 out of 17 games and nearly averaging 2 goals scored in those games. Real Betis are woeful away from home, they have lost 11 games out of 16, only maanging 1 clean sheet, Bilbao look pretty safe tonight and should come away from the game with 3 points.

Anderlecht vs Sporting Charleroi: This is the risky bet, but the stats certainly go in the favour of the home team, I have predicted an Anderlecht win to nil, meaning Sporting Charleroi will not score. They have averaged less than 1 goal a game at the home of Anderlecht and have lost 19 / 22 games throughout the years. This season away from home they have averaged under a goal per game away from home also, whilst Anderlecht have scored 2.35 goals per game and only conceded 0.65 goals per game at home. They look awesome at 5/4, especially with the fact that they have kept 10 clean sheets, in 17 home games, giving them one of the very best defences in Europe. Obviously, this is a slight risk as a goal can come from anything in football.