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0 Subject: Do USA soccer players make more $ than Euro plyrs?

Posted by: sokker
- [2110111317] Sun, Sep 15, 2002, 05:25

Someone was saying that US soccer players make more money than Euro soccer players. How can this even be close to the truth since Soccer is basically the main sport for all of Europe while in the US it is the 36th sport, right behind slam-ball... is there some hard facts so i can show this person that he is wrong?
      ID: 42737288
      Mon, Sep 16, 2002, 05:08
I have really no hard facts, so that's just a wild guess.

Maybe there is a way to show it like that. What you have to do is look at averages. If we talk about professional soccer, then in the USA it's basically MLS (any smaller clubs?). In Europe there are hundreds of pro football clubs and players of most of them can only dream about the money Ronaldos and Beckhams of this world are paid. So it may well be the case that the average salary of all the US pro soccer player really is higher than that of all the European professional footballers.
      ID: 196491615
      Fri, Sep 20, 2002, 09:31
no urmas,
average salaries are much higher by far in Italy, GB and Spain.
Who was saying that US soccer players make more money than Euro soccer players said a big bullsh!t
      ID: 42737288
      Mon, Sep 23, 2002, 09:21
I'm not talking just GB, Spain and Italy. I'm talking all Europe, all the professional football players here. Sure players in English premiership or Serie A and perhaps Serie B as well earn more money than players in MLS. But would you claim the same about Serie C or English 3rd division or, say, Cyprus' football league.

But as I said it was just a wild guess so I may be wrong anyway.
      ID: 411192211
      Thu, Feb 23, 2006, 19:24
I'm sorry I hadn't seen this thread sooner!

Do Soccer players in the USA make more than European players? Yes, and No.

The reason I say this is yearly salaries may not be that different between those of the MLS and other European leagues. Even so, Freddie Adu's $1 million contract was considered to be big, although Ronaldinho makes about 3.3m annually (About $5.7 million). A matter of a few millions of dollars doesn't really differentiate the European Soccer Market from the US one.

What does seperate them, however, is the system of player values. For instance, even though Ronaldinho makes only 3.3m yearly, he's worth 100 (Almost $175 million) in what is really seen as net-worth (I don't know how welse to phrase it). As a result, if a team wanted to get him, they'd pretty much be prepared to spend. Also, a players value is in no way related to his annual salary, although it's no coincidence that a higher valued player will earn a lot of money a year. Check this excerpt from an article:

Zinedine Zidane became the world's most expensive soccer player when he completed his move from Juventus of Italy to Spain's Real Madrid on Monday in a deal reportedly $65 million.

Neither Zidane nor Real Madrid president Florentino Perez would confirm the amount but sources close to the club's directors said that Juventus would receive around $58 million with the remainder being pocketed by Zidane's agent Alain Migliacio.

The transfer has shattered the 10-billion-Peseta ($ 50 million) world record Real Madrid itself set when it acquired Luis Figo from Barcelona a year ago.

Perez introduced the 29-year-old midfielder, often called the world's best, in a brief ceremony at the team's training headquarters. Zidane had earlier signed a four-year contract with an option for a fifth season, which will earn the Frenchman about $ 5 million per season, according to media reports.

Zidane is world's most expensive soccer player

So even though annual salaries are not that far apart, the Individual player market value system is what makes Europe not only a more attractive place for players to move to, but also seperates it from the rest of the world in terms of player quality and $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

Almost 3 years later, I hope I helped.
5Seattle Zen
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      Thu, Feb 23, 2006, 21:13
I think your average salary is going to plummet when you include all the players from the Vermont Voltage, et. al.
6Perm Dude
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      Thu, Feb 23, 2006, 23:02
In the US, all the players sign contracts with the league, and are all limited. Soccer players elsewhere are more like the other sports in the US, where superstars can command very large salaries. Both the average players and the superstars are getting much more money overseas.
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