I was reading the other day that Carlos Tevez had signed to Chinese Superleague club Shanghai Shenhua, receiving a salary of a reported £615,000 per week. This in itself might seem over the top to some but there are other top players joining the league receiving hundreds of thosands of pounds a week.
The thing is that this league was only founded in 2004 and wouldn’t be considered the pinnacle of a footballer’s career just yet, not having been established in footballing terms for that long. The English Premier League was founded in 1992, La Liga in 1929 and the Bundesliga in 1963.
It’s obvious why these stars are leaving their clubs in recognised leagues to join the CSL, I mean who wouldn’t love the opportunity to earn this kind of money, everyone has to have an exit plan, even Martin Lewis sold MoneySavingExpert for a reported £87m, but it got me thinking about the attainment of money, what it means and how much is enough.
Please don’t think that this is a post where I criticise the amount of money football players get, it isn’t, these people have worked hard to get to the top of their chosen profession and with it comes the rewards that go with being the top in any chosen profession.
Footballers earn far too much for what they do, don’t they?
I hear a lot of people say that the amount of money that footballers get for kicking a leather ball around a field for 90 minutes is obscene and often compare it to doctors, nurses and other caring professions. I would be the first to agree that those that have entered these professions do deserve more but this is something for the politicians to resolve.
Football has changed a lot and there is a lot more money in the game and as a result those assets of the club are going to be compensated what their clubs believe that they are worth to them. We have choice so we don’t have to pay to watch teams at the stadium and we can choose not to subscribe to the channels that show these games, I personally don’t but will watch the highlights of games on Match of the Day.
We shouldn’t forget that those footballers at the top of their game are entertainers and they are by no stretch of the imagination highest paid people in entertainment, two of my favourite actors Dwayne Johnson and Matt Damon didn’t do too badly financially in 2016 with Forbes reporting that Dwayne made an estimated $64.5m and Matt Damon making an estimated $55m, 2016 highest paid actors. According to Forbes magazine, Clayton Kershaw, he’s a baseball player apparently earned $32m in 2016 and Cam Newton an American football player earned $53.1m up to June 2016.
So what’s an extra million?
When you’re not a millionaire it’s hard to understand what an extra few million a year can possibly do for you that the millions you already possess cant and yes I appreciate that this sets there families up for the rest of their lives. There are only so many houses that you can buy and cars you can drive, but in the end what does all this matter if you don’t have happiness or your health.
so how much does make you happy?
According to a poll for CareerBuilder earning $75k or just over £61k a year is the sweet spot that would make those stuck in the rat race content, yes please and thank you very much.
I’m not ashamed to say that I would like to have a nicer car, maybe a Porsche Macan or a Range Rover Sport Coupe when it is eventually released and maybe a bigger house with a double garage but not having these does not make me unhappy, quite the contrary.
It would be easy for anyone to be jealous of those that have more than we do, besides they must be happier than the rest of us, right? then I remember what I’m grateful for, a wife that I love and that loves me, the fact that we are fortunate enough to own our own home, I’m in a family that get on and I have my health, you might have also have your own reasons to be grateful.
Don’t judge yourself on the achievements of others as what has worked for them will not necessary work for you. There are thousands of people out there that believe that they have a multimillion pound app idea or believe that they have a product that is going to revolutionise our lives, in doing so you will only be setting yourself up for a fall so be realistic, it is only once you have achieved your small goals can you set to go about achieving your bigger dreams.
See the short post I wrote about keeping up with the Joneses that you might like.