Ney­mar move shows foot­ball has gone mad

Lo­cals reckon play­ers are paid too much

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

It is the big­gest trans­fer in foot­ball his­tory – and has prompted claims that the sport has gone mad.

Brazil­ian su­per­star Ney­mar last week moved from Span­ish giants Barcelona to French club Paris Saint Ger­main for £198 mil­lion.

The deal, fi­nanced by PSG’s wealthy Qatari own­ers, will see the striker pick up £782,000 a week be­fore tax.

We went onto Ruther­glen Main Street to ask lo­cals if they felt the money was too much.

Robert Dixon said: “He’s be­ing paid too much. I sup­pose it’s about as far as you can go – look at play­ers like Wayne Rooney getting so much too. It’s not about foot­ball any­more, it’s about a busi­ness, and there’s all th­ese Chi­nese and Rus­sians and Amer­i­cans buy­ing clubs and

It’s atro­cious. Foot­ballers shouldn’t get paid more than sur­geons Rita Ste­wart

pay­ing so much.”

Alex Glas­par said: “It puts me off foot­ball. No player is worth that. I don’t even think a player is worth £50m.”

Rita Ste­wart said: “I think it’s atro­cious. Foot­ballers shouldn’t get paid more than sur­geons who have stud­ied all their life to help peo­ple. Some­times they aren’t very good role mod­els either. I think it’s very mis­placed.”

Eric McBride said: “No­body is worth that, and def­i­nitely not Ney­mar.

“Maybe Messi is good enough for that, but, although I wished Ney­mar played for Scot­land, he’s not worth £200m. And what about the next good player that comes along? How much will he be worth? You’ll get or­di­nary play­ers say­ing they’re worth £80m.”

Too Much Robert Dixon

Atro­cious Rita Ste­wart

Not Worth It Alex Glas­par

Or­di­nary Eric McBride

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