|Dobson, Stephen and John A. Goddard. The Economics of Football. Cambridge University Press, 2001: 209.||"A survey in the spring of 2000 indicated that as many as 100 Premier league players earned a basic salary of 1 million pounds or 25,000 pounds a week."||$1,976,331
|David Beckham. Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2007.||"According to reports, Beckham’s five-year deal with the Galaxy was worth $250 million in salary and commercial endorsements."||$50,000,000
|Mangan, James A. and Hong Fan. Soccer, Women, Sexual Liberation: kicking off a new era. Routledge, 2004: 24.||"Player salaries at WUSA are currently set at a yearly minimum of $ 27,000 and a yearly maximum of $85,000."||$27,000- $85,000
|US soccer team ends strike on pay. Washington Post. (October 8 1976).||"Team spokesman Bobby Smith said the team voted late Wednesday night to accept USSF's offer of $250 weekly for each of the 20 team members, plus 450 additional per game for the four World Cup qualifying matches."||$13,000
|MLS union hopes Beckham starts wage increase. eufootball.biz, May 09, 2007.||"Mexican national Cuauhtemoc Blanco, who will play for Chicago Fire, is looking at USD 2.5 million, while Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel will earn USD 1.5 million with New York Red Bulls according to the union's figures."||$1,500,000-$2,500,000
Football (also known as Soccer) is globally recognized as the most popular sport in the world. Football is a team sport and is played by by two teams of 11 players. The game is played on a rectangular field with two goals placed on opposing ends of the field. Players generally use there feet to kick the ball into the opposing teams goal. Each match has two halves; each half consists of 45 minutes of game play. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins the game.
Football has a convoluted history, games similar to soccer were played by the ancient Chinese, Greek and Roman civilizations. However, Britain is the birthplace of modern football, where set rules were established in early 19th century. The international body that governs the sport is Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The salary of a football player varies based on an athlete’s talent, experience, series/division, the country and/or league he is playing for. Whether it was Maradona, Ronaldo or Pelé, football fans have always been looking for football idols. Team owners have been willing to quench the thirst of fans by shelling out millions of dollars to attract the best talent to their team. Talented soccer Player’s have been known to have high salaries as early as 1970’s when Pelé was paid $7 million to play for New York Cosmos.
The salary of a football player varies based on individual strengths, overall talent, age, previous performances etc-. Currently the average salary of a player for English Premiership is $1,177,967 a year. It is also said that the highest paid age bracket in the premiership is 27-28 year old where the average salary is $2.02 million The highest paid soccer player in the world is Los Angles Galaxy player David Beckham whose salary after guaranteed bonuses averages at $50 million a year. That's enough money to buy 250 Ferrari F430's or 19 Eclipse500 Private jets. If you look at his last GPY (goals per year) record for club games its 4 GPY. So if Beckham plays with the same GPY rate this year than each goal should be worth $12.5 million (talk about golden goals). This also makes David Beckham the sixth highest paid athlete in the world (as of June 2007).
Imran Akhtar -- 2007