I personally can't agree with the argument that footballers are overpaid. Some are overpaid considering their profession, such as Wayne Rooney - he's a great player on his day, but does not justify 300k a week at all. However, professional football players have dedicated literally their whole lives to their profession. They would have spent their whole childhood practising day in, day out. Compare that to a teacher or an accountant who would have only trained for their jobs well after the age of 18. Taking into account the sheer number of hours put into the job, the money is well earned.
Not only that, but the generalised comments of 'footballers are overpaid' are always aimed at the select few at the pinnacle of their game. For example the average yearly wage of a League Two footballer, of which there are many, is just 8k a year more than the average UK wage. They will also have spent the majority of their lives training, yet they are definitely not 'overpaid'.
Here is a good quote from Michael Owen on the subject:
‘If you have a skill, which people are prepared to part with their hard-earned cash in order to watch, those with the skill will always command high salaries.
‘Nobody complains if pop stars sell out a stadium and rake in millions from a tour. Nobody complains about the reported weekly salaries, according to Forbes, of sportsmen such as Kobe Bryant (£700k), Roger Federer (£800k), Phil Mickelson (£480k) and Usain Bolt (£290k).
‘What is so different to a footballer earning similar amounts for being at the top of their own particular sport?’
What are your thoughts on the matter?