There are few people who, if offered four times their current salary to do the same job, wouldn’t be tempted to take the money. But can money alone buy you happiness? What could possibly be better than money when it comes to making life-changing decisions?
The January transfer window has been dominated by stories linking footballers in the Premier League with big-money moves to China – from Diego Costa, to Alexis Sanchez, to Dimitri Payet.
With a potential income of a staggering £576,000-a-week, Diego Costa started to seriously consider a move to China. Can you blame him? Wouldn’t you do the same for a few years, especially if your career is as short and fragile as that of a professional footballer?
The Chinese Super League is becoming a threat to the English Premier League. English clubs are looking at their Chinese counterparts like a child who has noticed a delinquent juvenile in the playground who could come and take away his or her toy at anytime, without permission. The Chinese government’s ambition is to become a football superpower, and money is not a problem.
Many people, including Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, claim that Chinese wealth is a danger to football clubs around the world. Arsène Wenger too has expressed concern at how China’s clubs’ lavish spending could further inflate the European transfer market. Wenger believes such buying power could become problematic if it constitutes a benchmark for the game as a whole.
People have strange conceptions about money. When we don’t have it, we often believe that money will make us happier. When we do have money, however, we tend to want more.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, new research has given us a much deeper understanding of the relationship between what we earn and how we feel. Economists have been scrutinising the links between income and happiness, and psychologists have probed individuals to find out what really makes us tick when it comes to money.
The results, at first glance, may seem a bit obvious: Yes, people with higher incomes are, broadly speaking, happier than those who struggle to get by. But dig a little deeper into the findings and a more surprising result surfaces. This research suggests that wealth alone doesn’t provide any guarantee of a good life.
Not everyone supports the notion that “money can’t buy happiness.” Some say that, if you agree with this, you are either poor or wealthy beyond your wildest dreams. It is argued that the reason money does buy happiness is because, once you have money, you don’t worry about money anymore.
The Chinese winter transfer window is open until 26 February in China. Already the league has offered a series of sensational deals involving clubs from other countries as they have tried to lure world-class footballers to the country, with the most notable coming from Guangzhou Evergrande, who signed Jackson Martínez from Atlético Madrid for £32m, and Jiangsu Suning, who paid Chelsea £20m for Ramires. The deals hit the headlines across the globe, and Shanghai SIPG’s £52m acquisition of Oscar from Chelsea and Carlos Tevez’s £71m move to Shanghai Shenhua. This spending power is making many European clubs uncomfortable, while European footballers are suddenly paying a lot more attention to what’s going on in the Chinese Super League.
If Diego Costa eventually decides to relocate to China, he will find the Chinese Football Authority to be less sympathetic with his aggressive playing style than the English or Spanish League. He would open himself up to a lot of strife due to his style of play. Maybe he has been reading Proverbs 17:1 “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.”
There has to be more to life than the daily hassle and bustle to make more money. Money does not really buy you happiness. Proverbs 15:16-17 puts it this way “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, than great wealth with trouble. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fatted calf with hatred.” The New Living Translation states: “A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.”
Arsene Wenger does not think money should be a priority when it comes to making a career or life-changing decision. He said, “When you want to be a football player your first aspiration is to play in the best league with the best players. After that, you want to combine playing in the best league with the best players for the maximum amount of money.”
Other critics claim that moving away from Europe damages a player’s career prospects. The quality of football in China is still a long way behind the top European leagues, and moving to the Far East is seen by some as a career-destroying move to a “retirement league.”
By Alex Iwuoha
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