Football, without a shadow of a doubt, is by far the biggest and most profitable sport in the world.
Millions is generated every year throughout the sport, stretching from the transfers of global superstars to the sales of club merchandise.
Arguments have been made in favour of the influx of cash in football, while arguments have also been made against the soaring levels of money that is thrown around the football world.
The debate about whether footballers should earn more money then everyday heroes like firemen, doctors and policemen seems to be argued on an everyday basis.
To hear that players like Samuel Eto'o, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Yaya Toure and Hulk earn more in one week then the majority of football fans' yearly wage is a sickening feeling.
But do they deserve it?
Some may argue that there is outstanding pressure on footballers to perform at the highest level, that footballers never have a moments peace from paparazzi with their celebrity status, and that they provide a source of entertainment that should be rewarded handsomely. The majority of people would totally disagree with this point of view - and, in my opinion, they are correct.
Footballers, often influenced by their agents, always seem to look for their wages to be increased - and if they do not get their way, they hold their club to ransom by offering an ultimatum and threaten to leave the club.
No player should ever feel that he alone is bigger then a club that helped mould his career and turned him into the player he is today.
Transfer fees are increasing at a significant rate. Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Real Madrid from Manchester United is the perfect example of this. How can one man be worth £80m?
Ronaldo is renowned worldwide for his exploits for the Galacticos. Don't get me wrong: I understand the man is very talented and is one of the best players ever to step onto a football pitch, but is he really worth that much money? With rumours of Madrid bosses putting together a world-record €100m for Brazilian sensation Neymar, are things getting out of hand? Is it time there was a cap on transfer fees?
It is common knowledge that the clubs with more money are generally more successful then the clubs with less. The success of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid have been supported by the amount of cash invested into each club. These teams have been propelled to the top of their respective leagues year-in, year-out due to the benefits of having a wealthy owner or a worldwide range of supporters that invest money into the club - whether it is something as simple as buying a ticket for a match or buying the latest kit.
Mid-table teams find it nearly impossible to compete with these teams for major honours and would argue that the leagues are becoming less competitive.
However, teams like QPR and Newcastle United prove that money isn't everything after disappointing Premier League campaigns. Meanwhile, surprise-package Wigan Athletic won the FA Cup without heavy investment, beating Manchester City in the final.
The debate about the amount of money in football, whether for good or for bad, will carry on forever.
Football clubs are treated like franchises nowadays - and where money is to be made, investors will follow.
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