They say a player is worth as much as someone is willing to pay him and pay for him but according to the Sun Robin van Persie believes he is worth £10.1 million a year.
He’s 29, he’s managed one season without a long term injury and completed one season where he was the best player in his league, so does that justify asking for wages of £10.1m per year?
When you break this figure down it comes in at just shy of £195k per week, or £27k per day or £1.16k per hour, even when he’s sleeping. That’s a lot of money for a player who has only just hit the top of his game and has no proof that he will be able to sustain it.
There is no way that Arsenal will be able to match this amount per week and if money is his motivating factor then he will not find happiness at Arsenal. Our best offer will probably only come in at around 50 per cent of what he thinks he’s worth, and, after all, £5m a year, who could possibly be expected to live comfortably on that?
People often cite the fact that a footballer’s career is short but at £5m per year for three or four years on top of what he has already earned, a decent accountant and a relatively healthy interest rate in the bank, you’d be left with more money than you could ever need. The argument that players have to earn as much as they can as fast as they can hides the fact that it is not about securing a future, the wages that Premier League players at the top end receive today does that. This is about greed. Pure and simple.
When a player’s playing career is over a world of options are available to them – TV punditry, journalism, coaching, managing, or they could do what the rest of us do when we lose a job and retrain for another career. Spare me the ‘woe is me, my career is over at 35′ crap. I’d quite happily have retired a year ago if you’d been paying me £5m a year to play the game I love and then go in to coaching or something similar. I’d still be able to travel first class around the world when I wanted as well with all the money I’d made gathering a nice amount of interest.
There comes a point when money is not all that matters. You would think that would be at £5m when you could relax and play for the club that you love, but for Robin it seems £10.1m is the magic figure. I just don’t think he’s worth it.
(in case you needed reminding, here’s RvP’s injury record since he joined Arsenal in 2004 via PhysioRoom)
|Groin Strain||2012 February 29th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2011 August 7th|
|Knee Injury||2011 February 28th|
|Hamstring Injury||2011 February 22nd|
|Flu||2011 February 8th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2010 August 28th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2010 June 1st|
|Sprained Ankle||2009 November 14th|
|Knee Injury||2009 September 13th|
|Groin Strain||2009 April 18th|
|Groin Strain||2009 March 30th|
|Hamstring Injury||2008 October 6th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2008 August 31st|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2008 May 2nd|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2008 April 4th|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2008 January 11th|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2007 December 24th|
|Knee Injury||2007 October 18th|
|Metatarsal Fracture||2007 January 22nd|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2006 November 19th|
|Hip/Thigh Injury||2006 September 14th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2006 February 10th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2005 December 22nd|
|Knee Injury||2005 October 17th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2005 February 5th|
|Sprained Ankle||2004 November 26th|
|Sprained Ankle||2004 August 27th|
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