With the arrival of Lionel Messi at Paris Saint Germain, and the constant movement in the transfer market at a national and international level, a collective doubt arises that grows stronger over time: how much does a footballer earn? In addition, there is a tendency to compare and emphasize the salary differences between an athlete and a professional, from different fields of knowledge.
At elempleo.com we explain some of the points in which the salaries of a soccer player in Colombia differ from those of a professional .
Undoubtedly, soccer is one of the sports that has the most followers worldwide and, therefore, the one that moves the most money because the profits generated between federations and teams are given through television rights, merchandise, advertising , sale of players, among other aspects.
In Colombia, the salary gaps between different positions and professions are notorious. To begin with, on average, a professional in Colombia earns between $1,500,000 and $3,688,574 a month , according to a study by the National University of Colombia. Keep in mind that this salary scale for 2021 may have changes according to the operation of different companies and the demand in the labor market.
An important point to keep in mind is that the women’s league also has a big difference in salaries compared to the men’s league . While a soccer player from a renowned club has high contributions, according to the Transfermarkt portal, in thousands and millions of euros , and with an average salary between $3,000,000 and $200,000,000 , depending on the team in which he is (according to to the purchasing power of the squad), his career and performance, a player earns an average of $1,200,000 to $1,500,000 per month, which means that some have different jobs. This according to statements by Vanessa Córdoba, former Equity player and current goalkeeper for Gallos de Querétaro, a Mexican team.
According to Alejandro Useche, an economist and professor at La Universidad del Rosario, “ salary differences are something historical ; it is an aspect that has persisted over time and there are also differences between genders, regions and cultures, which generates what we call salary gaps”. A better paid job than another also depends on the risks that are run when exercising it, this according to theories of the economy and the labor market.
Now, to understand the salary difference between a soccer player and an outstanding professional in other fields, it must be taken into account that “today’s society highly recognizes the contributions of a soccer player, as well as an artist or painter, who if well, they do not supply a basic or fundamental need such as food or security, they are points of reference that add value to society ”.
Additionally, wages are based on labor supply and demand . “If we talk about a number of professionals in any area, in quantity they are more abundant than a high-performance athlete and that scarcity of specific human talent makes it valued in the markets.”
It is important to clarify that “a professional soccer player generates profits for the team where he plays. A cost-benefit ratio is given . However, one thing is certain, and that is that currently an exaggeration in income is identified, since sometimes they do not have a logical justification with respect to other trades that are important for the economic system, but that respond to the game that capitalism proposes , in a business relationship.
These differences are a subject that generates controversy. Elempleo.com also spoke with Esteban Jaramillo, a sports journalist, who states that “ The difference in terms of income is scandalous . A professional graduates with sacrifice, looking for a better life”.
Although there are jobs and managerial positions in which the income is high, “the soccer player is a golden slave who benefits from his skill in hitting a ball and from the subversion of values that the world lives by. His millionaire and outlandish salaries are the consequence of his public exposure and his popularity which, in some cases, becomes idolatry”. In other words, behaviors and thoughts, from a sociocultural point of view, generate greater value for a player than for a professional from various careers at the time of joining a company.
Jaramillo also affirms that “the footballer is not a professional. His activity is a trade, especially profitable ”. As a final reflection, he also mentions that “the life of a professional, who constantly prepares, helps to ensure that knowledge and skills do not become extinct.”
The current job market requires different types of skills for linking to companies and companies that can guarantee comprehensive growth for a professional worker . It is essential to prepare and acquire knowledge.
It must be understood that salary gaps are a constant today and sports is a job that generates profitability for many sectors of the economy. And although the question may be uncomfortable, everything is based on global economic dynamics.