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    While I do not begrudge Leicester their success, the overreaction of many is at least partly based on the same old tired resentful attitude we have to the successful in this country.

    If they do become successful, watch how quickly the sneering takes over.

    England won't win a thing until we get rid of this idea that everyone needs bringing down a peg or two.
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    People don't resent success, they resent billionaires destroying a good competition through nothing but money. When football becomes about who has the biggest wallet why bother kicking a ball?
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    (Original post by Sephiroth)
    People don't resent success, they resent billionaires destroying a good competition through nothing but money. When football becomes about who has the biggest wallet why bother kicking a ball?
    People have said this through history. I don't begrudge them the money though, they aren't physically taking out of the wallets of nurses as is the popular complaint. The money is in the game, let those that have dedicated their lives to it earn it. Or get rid of Capitalism.

    I would have more patience with this point of view if those that complain about wages were consistent. When I hear that Golfers earn too much and are destroying the game and society as a whole I will take it seriously.
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    (Original post by Sephiroth)
    People don't resent success, they resent billionaires destroying a good competition through nothing but money. When football becomes about who has the biggest wallet why bother kicking a ball?
    It's not about who has the biggest wallet, it's about who is the best at football. We wouldn't have Messi, Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic if they were paid a pittance, the money is needed as an incentive for players to get better. Look at videos of how terrible football was before the advent of millionaire club owners, it looks like 10 year olds playing the game.
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    That attitude is not exclusive to Britain. In every country, in every sport - there will be a big group of people who want the top dogs to be brought down. You want to see variety in sport to make things interesting. That's something that American sport does perfectly - a system that allows teams who are less financially powerful to obtain quality players, rather than them being signed up by rich teams who sign them so nobody else can.

    England don't win a thing because they aren't good enough. Nothing to do with resentment.
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    For the next few years, the Premier League will quite possibly be the most level playing field since it began.
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    People don't resent success. They resent the status quo.

    Leicester City aren't a part of the status quo of English football. They have thrived in the PL this season, and given us all a wonderful time viewing Match of the Day, Super Sunday, or whatever. It's new, it's fresh, it's brilliant and novel.
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    It's true that people resent success. And it's apparently true in some countries more than others,this being one of them where they do,supposedly.

    But that's probably not the (main) reason people are "overreacting" to Leicesters incredible feat.

    Mackay nailed it above but in any case I don't think people are necessarily overreacting.


    This would be the greatest sporting upset ever. How should people react to that?
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    The OP is right. To prove his own point he has been on TSR complaining about Liverpool who have won 18 league titles and 5 European Cups.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=3988101
 
 
 
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