Finances in football have gone through the roof this side of the millennium,. as a number of players distance themselves further from reality due to their astronomical incomes.
Premier League footballers in particular are near the top of the spectrum when it comes it earnings, but most pale in comparison to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s reported near £1m-a-week income.
The Hammers vice-chairwoman Brady, however, believes Messi is worth every penny as he combines football brilliance with great modesty which will make him a recognised figure for generations to come.
“You may think that at close tp £1m-a-week, Lionel Messi is a gross over-earner, I don’t,” She wrote in her weekly blog for The Sun.
“The little chap has a hint of Stan Laurel about him and his appeal to all ages is as great as any iconic entertainer you can mention.
“He is as watchable as Jagger or Houdini and like them his surname will be recognised for generations - incomparable, the most watched sportsman in the world is bound to make spectacular money.
“Not that I support some of the wages being paid these days to players of moderate ability.”
Is Lionel Messi the most-watched footballer?
The Argentine wizard, like Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, is a household name yet arguably the biggest difference between the two is their respective personalities on the pitch.
Ronaldo is a wonderful footballer, but his reaction when Gareth Bale scored in the recent 2-0 victory over Levante summed him up – he threw his hands up in disgust as if to say the goal should have been his.
Messi, in contrast, mixes individual brilliance with teamwork and, with 15 La Liga assists already to his name this season, there is little doubt he puts the club before any personal glory.
The way he glides across the pitch, his change of direction, flawless ball control and fabulous passing ability, Messi is utterly unique and makes it look all so easy, the ultimate footballing idol.
His goal scoring exploits – top La Liga scorer, top Champions League scorer, and record holder for most goals in a calendar year et al. – is simply the icing on the cake for the little genius.