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    Hmm. It looks like Ronaldo actually has a pretty big contract -- http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...-star-earn-now

    Forbes thinks he makes even more than that article says -- >440 million in salary, and ditto for Messi. And they have a couple more soccer players making more than the top MLBers.

    http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mlh45...o-real-madrid/

    So I guess the imbalance isn't quite as extreme as I thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastradamus View Post
    Yah, Soccer players seem to get screwed. I always wondered how it was profitable to spend 100 mil just to buy a player.
    Apparently, in the 48 hrs after Real Madrid bought James Rodriguez last week, they sold 345,000 shorts with his name on (worth about $30 million).

    There are exceptions, but a lot of top clubs, especially those with billionaire owners, don't make money. Teams like Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Manchester City are basically a rich man's hobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuUKWI View Post
    Apparently, in the 48 hrs after Real Madrid bought James Rodriguez last week, they sold 345,000 shorts with his name on (worth about $30 million).

    There are exceptions, but a lot of top clubs, especially those with billionaire owners, don't make money. Teams like Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Manchester City are basically a rich man's hobby.
    And Real Madrid and Barcelona get federal financing whenever they get themselves into serious financial trouble.
    The trouble with the world today is the intelligent people are full of doubt and the dumb people are full of confidence - Charles Bukowski

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