A recent status from one of my Facebook friends (a female BTW): A footballer earns £250,000 a week. A soldier earns £18000 a year. A footballer gets flicked in the leg and falls over screaming. A soldier gets his arm blown off and carries on! A footballer lets us down every year! A soldier makes us proud every day!! Post this if you if you think soldiers should get more money than footballers! I see a lot of these kind of statuses on Facebook. If you have a Facebook account I'm sure you have at some point too (probably more than once). Most seem to be written by the barely literate. Almost always any such tribute to the British armed forces must be scathing about professional footballers and how much they earn. But why? Is it not enough to simply pay tribute to the armed forces and the job that they do without having to denegrate another group? It's widely acknowledged that top footballers earn a lot of money. The image of them as being spoiled isn't often helped by the way that some of them act on and off the pitch. But why the preoccupation with their earnings? Why are footballers constantly targeted for earning tens (or hundreds) of thousands of pounds per week? It's not like they are the only group who earn over-inflated wages is it? Do you ever hear people coming out of the cinema after watching a Brad Pitt film saying that he didn't deserve to earn £25m for it and how it's terrible how much he got paid when 'regular' folk are paid such a miniscule amount by comparison? Now, you could say that Brad Pitt isn't the best example because he doesn't act like a half-wit on a regular basis but there are actors, musicians and other sports stars who do and get paid such large amounts but are never abused for their wage in comparison to their earnings. Now, being a footballer is easier than most jobs no question and the pay is potentially great. But I would say that in many ways it is possibly tougher than many jobs in the entertainment industry. Players must keep themselves in tip-top shape, risk injury and have to bite their tongues while receiving all kinds of abuse from neanderthals in the stands. many entertainers are more insulated and have many of their tougher jobs done for them. Not easy by all means, but the point I'm making is that there is a huge number of professions in which the pay is overly-inflated. Football is one of them yes. But why is it always the footballers who receive the abuse? It's pretty cliched and short-sighted IMO. Especially when many footballers don't just go out and get pissed while groping women in nightclubs. There are many others who do a lot of charity work and give back to society. the fact that there are these goons who are constantly ripping on all footballers and their wages (which is their business really) is fucking lame.