It is often believed and reported that footballers earn too much money. Wages are continuously rising and for most clubs in the Premier League, a player will earn in the region of £50,000 per week. With this being the case it is hardly surprising that some of these players fancy a little punt or two, whether it be in the casino or on the horses. Many players have become reputable for involving themselves in these pastimes, whether this be through there own social media posts, or journalists spotting them in the bookies or casino
Papiss Cisse has been subject of much media debate recently, with regards to his religious belief contrasting with that of new shirt sponsor ‘Wonga’. However, recent photos have emerged that are alleged to be of the Senegalese striker in a Casino in Newcastle during a European game that he was not involved in. If this is to be true, it would undermine his stance on the club sponsor, but it does also serve to show how tempting a little punt can be for these top earners. It has recently emerged that Cisse and the club have managed to come to an arrangement whereby Cisse will were the shirt with the sponsor logo on it, which has further added interest in to the matter.
Cisse is one of many who involve themselves in this type of thing. Having seen Scott Sinclair in a casino in Swansea first hand, whilst he was in his last season for the club, he appeared happy placing reasonably sized stakes at the roulette table. Joey Barton may be infamous for his outlandish tweets, always aiming to stir up controversy which in fairness to him he is very successful at, but also is vocal with some of his picks when it comes to sport. Punts such as Mickelson to win the Scottish Open which he did, just before following this up with his famous Open victory last week is one of many he alerts his followers to.
Some people are even entering business themselves. Michael Owen needs no introduction when talking about football, however he has long been into the business of breeding and owning racing horses as well as betting on them. Many Soccer players take active interest in poker and betting.
It is evident that footballers do get paid a substantial amount. People back them up by claiming it is only a short career, however when earning thousands of pounds per week there will always be the temptation to have a flutter.