Bayern Munich Chair Concerned Over Wages

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Nov 16, 2016

Bayern Munich Chair Concerned Over Wages


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Apparently, the massive contract that Cristiano Ronaldo signed last week has got the chairman of Bayern Munich Karl-Heinz Rummenigge concerned.

In speaking to Sports Bild, he expressed some concern that the wages in England and Spain may be getting out of hand.

The Premier League is not the only threat when it comes to high wages, but the same goes for Spain. Real Madrid have just renewed with three players and Ronaldo now supposedly earns €20.5m ($21.9m USD) after taxes. There is not even a single player in the Bundesliga who makes that kind of money before taxes!Karl-Heinz Rummenigge


This isn’t the first time that Karl-Heinz has been critical of other leagues, once accusing English clubs of basically ‘kidnapping’ young players and placing them in academies at 10 or 11 years old, and it won’t be the last. But, I have to say that it certainly brings up the larger issue.

It’s the age-old question of how to keep the competitive balance between leagues, and teams around the world.

Just today, we say that Barcelona got a massive new partner in RAKUTEN, that was just another in the line of huge money making deals for a big club. Barca is consistently ranked as the most profitable sports team in the world and one has to imagine that it’s not a fluke when year-after-year they continue to produce incredible revenue and profit.

I don’t think that one can question that all of these massive deals, although in some cases are for the team and the brand that is the team, are for whatever its worth made on the backs of the players.

It’s obviously a situation that the governing body has looked into before with the FFP thing, but if there is one thing that is key to life it’s that business moves forward. And numbers get bigger. And those large numbers and bigger for those who are on top.

Especially if you run your business well and you continue to produce results. Running your business well means bringing in players and developing them in to great players. Great players need to be paid as such.

I think no one can deny that, and if who is going to turn down crazy money on some meta shxt?

Do the numbers get out of wack because of the TV deals, and stadium naming deals, and kit sponsors, etc? Absolutely. But again, those TV deals, and kit sponsors, and whatever, are because the players are good and will be photographed in and associated with your brand, right?

I don’t know if I have any answers to this but I actually think about it pretty often. Is parity a good thing? Do astronomical salaries for players, in all of sport by the way, hurt the game?

Flip side for me, if the players arent making the money the owners are. And I have a problem with that, so I don’t think players should ever turn down a check, because no one is forcing the owners to offer it. Or, is what Karl-Heinz says a light way of saying that clubs may be somewhat forced to giving out these big deals in fear or losing players to other leagues?

Lots to think about with this one for sure.

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