The amount spent on footballers is ridiculous. What if we just took 10% of the 80million Euros spent on Cristiano Ronaldo and gave it to the children of Congo and Sudan who are suffering from poverty, aids, malaria and malnutrition. Wouldnt these people benefit so much more as compared to benefiting the soccer club or the player himself.
People play sports for many different reasons but most sportsmen play the sport because they have the passion for it. Although sports may be closely linked to money, it doesnt mean that sports should be devalued. Players play to win and they get paid for doing so. The salary they receive is essentially an incentive to push themselves further. There is nothing wrong with motivating the sportsmen with monetary incentives. Motivation exists on many different levels and this is just an alternative method. There is alot more to sport than just money. The olympic values, friendship, respect and excellence, paves the way for a healthy and conducive platform for friendly competitions between athletes. Sport is closely linked to money but it is not the only thing one gets out of it