At £505,000 a week, is any workman worthy of that rate?
Alexis Sanchez, 29, joined Manchester United from Arsenal by signing a four-year contract worth a massive £505,000-a-week, inclusive of perks. But, is any workman really worthy of that kind of wages?
The wages of footballers are remarkable, and they keep getting bigger. Assuming Sanchez works for 37.5 hours per week, his rate is £13,466 per hour. But, the truth is that he does not work for 37.5 hours a week. He will also bag a huge signing on fee of around £30m over the course of his four-year deal.
For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “the worker deserves his wages.” So, it is only fair to believe that Sanchez is worthy of his remuneration.
Sanchez earns in one week, more than the British Prime Minister earns in three and half years, as Theresa May’s £150,402-a-year salary makes her look like she is doing the less important job than a footballer.
Footballers get paid a lot of money, and lots of people disagree with their income as they feel it is too much. People think that a brain surgeon should earn more than a footballer. Indeed, doctors and nurses save lives; preachers and pastors win souls, they ought to earn more than someone who merely kicks a leather ball around a pitch. What does a footballer do for any life or soul?
If you think professional footballers are paid too much and should earn less than Sanchez, there is one Manchester United player who is on a lower wage. His name is Paul Pogba.
24-year-old Pogba’s income had made him the highest paid player in the United squad at a £300,000-per-week, before the arrival of Sanchez. United likes to reward their footballers, and their policy is very much in line with Deuteronomy 25:4 which states: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” If any club avoids paying the going rate, it will be tantamount to muzzling an ox while it is treading out the grain.
If one club refuses to pay the going price, another will gladly do so. It appears that football clubs have a spending problem. That problem leads to another: incredibly high-ticket prices. The sky-high player wages put upward pressure on ticket prices. The costs of tickets are getting higher and higher, and if you’ve paid an “arm and a leg” for a ticket you can hardly justify that any workman is worthy of that kind of wages.
The Inland Revenue certainly thinks that footballers didn’t do much to earn their money, and deserved to be paid less. That’s why Premier League footballers and their clubs were being investigated a few years ago by the taxman over “secret perks” enjoyed by players and their families.
Some commentators argue that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) were more interested in raising more revenue for themselves than curbing footballers wages and perks, when in 2012 Investigators from HMRC interviewed finance directors at Britain’s wealthiest clubs to find out about footballers wages and perks, according to The Mail on Sunday.
Although HMRC refused to confirm the investigation, it was reported they have been asking for details of free holidays, luxury accommodation and other gifts. They checked their findings against players’ tax returns to see whether players could be liable for any unpaid tax, or if clubs may have to make added National Insurance contributions.
Only last ye
ar, the HMRC launched tax investigation into 100 footballers, 39 clubs and 13 agents in a crackdown chasing millions of pounds. The authorities were concerned about players who might be abusing image rights loopholes and tax-avoidance schemes.
An HMRC spokesman told the Daily Mail: “HMRC carefully scrutinises the arrangements between football clubs and their employees in respect of any image right payment to make sure the right tax is paid.
“We rigorously enforce the rules and tackle firmly anybody who games the system. Since 2014-15 we have delivered £269 million in extra tax from tackling rule-breakers in the football industry generally.”