£100,000+ a week for kicking a ball? Um... no way, and it can't be helping our education system much either...
You ask the majority of boys at school-age what they want to be when they grow up, and apart from the few wannabe astronauts out there, most will say footballer or film/pop star.
Why? Because all these professions are portrayed as glamorous, moneymaking, and don't involve any subject in the school curriculum. Anything for an easy life...
It doesn't matter that 99% of the school kids don't have the talent to walk out at Wembley or rise to fame in Hollywood... glamour and fantasy are alluring, and the desire to be like their heroes and achieve such dizzy heights will have an impact on learning.
Somebody wishing to be a surgeon would have to complete a medical degree (5 years), and a foundation programme (2 years), before they can even think about specialist surgeon training. Their ideal job (which involves saving lives), would start proper in their mid-twenties, after studying for 8+ years. Basic salary would be £29-44,000 a year.
Mr Premiership-footballer on the other hand, spent the last five years jogging around a field and practising set pieces. In his mid-twenties, he is coming up to the height of his career, and he earns more money in a week than the surgeon does in nearly 3 years.
While natural talent should of course be rewarded, who's working the hardest, and who's under more stress?
More importantly, which profession would be more appealing to young boys wondering what to do with their lives when they are older?
I'm sorry but £100,000+ a week is not justified at all for what footballers do, no matter how talented they are, and it is easy to see why children have little motivation to study for the real jobs that count, when society constantly rams consumerism and glamour down our throats.
Our priorities are all wrong...