It's no secret that footballers one of the most paid athletes in the world, and with such a high salary it's only logical that some players are playing football for the money and not the love of the game.
1. Alex Song:
According to The Mirror, Alex said "When Barcelona offered me a contract and I saw how much I would earn, I didn't think twice. I felt my wife and children should have comfortable lives once my career is over. I knew that now I would become a millionaire." (Source: The Mirror, May 2020).
2. Gareth Bale:
Bale has been one of the best wingers in the world for close to a decade, yet he constantly finds himself sitting on the bench, Bale's agent even spoke of Bale been happy to see out his contract.
According to Goal website, Bale's agent said "it's a three-part discussion: it's us, Real Madrid and Tottenham. I very much doubt that, but if they want to put him on the bench then that's fine. If they want to put me on the bench with that salary? That's fine for me as well." (Source: Goal.com, May 2021).
3. Benoit Assou- Ekotto:
According to The Guardian, the player said "I play for the money. Football's not my passion. Everyone, when they go to a job, it's for the money. So, I don't understand why, when I said I play for the money, people were shocked. Oh, he's a mercenary. Every payer is like that." (Source: The Guardian, May 2010).
According to COPA-90, Oscar said "when I decided to come here (leaving Chelsea for Shanghai), I was thinking more of my family than of my career. I had other very good offers from bid teams in Europe, but I thought a little more of my family, and after that, I left." (Source: COPA-90, October 2017).
5. Emmanuel Adebayor:
According to Talksports, Emmanuel said "we all play football to get money. I'm from Africa and I have to give something back to my community. I will keep doing this until the end of my career." (Source: Talksports, July 2012).
6. Marc Andre Ter Stegen:
According to El Pais, Andre said "people laugh when I tell them I don't know anything about football. I don't watch much football, other than games that look good or when I've got a personal interest because someone I know is playing." (Source: El Pais, October 2020).
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