Anger in Spain over players’ bonuses – is it justified?

The news that Spain players will be given hefty bonuses if they win the World Cup has caused a huge uproar among Spanish politicians.

The recent revelation about the bonuses that will be paid to Spain footballers if they win the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil has caused anger and outrage among the country’s politicians.

It has recently come to light that if La Furia Roja retain the trophy they won in South Africa four years ago, then each player and technical member of the squad will get €720,000. That’s more than double of what their Brazilian (€330,000) and German counterparts (€300,000) would receive.

Footballers at the highest level are handsomely paid (and rightly so – to check this writer’s views on the matter, click here), but these types of bonuses are somewhat uncalled for. After all, the 23 Spanish players will essentially be doing their 'jobs' in Brazil: win matches and win the World Cup. And yes, they should get bonus and extra payment for doing a great ‘job’, but does it have to be so much, especially when you consider the economic problems in Spain?

Almost 6 million people in Spain are unemployed, while the average gross monthly salary in the country in 2013 was €1,634. So, when news of individual footballers getting over half a million (if they are successful) came to light, it understandably caused outrage. reports that Carlos Martinez Gorriaran of the UPyD party described the sum as “excessive” and from “another world”, while one politician, Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, tweeted: ‘Spain will pay more than double the bonus that Germany will for the football World Cup. Are we twice as rich as Germany?’


However you try, it is hard to justify the Spanish players getting so much bonus, especially in a difficult time as now. After all, for the 23 Spanish players, it will be an honour to represent their country and do what millions dream of.

The fact that they are best at what they do and have worked hard to get where they are cannot be undermined at all, but does each team member really need an enticement of €720,000 to win football’s biggest prize? Do the players really need to do their best for their country for the money? True, winning the World Cup would generate a lot more than the bonuses that the players would get, but wouldn’t they have given their all even if they were promised no money?

Interestingly, there was a similar uproar four years ago when it emerged that Spain’s players would be given a hefty bonus for winning the World Cup. However, it all died down pretty quickly and we all know how things unfolded in South Africa.

Will it happen in Brazil this time? Let’s wait and watch.

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