These days it seems like you can’t be thought of as a world class soccer player unless you have a super-sized release clause in your contract. The most recently example: Barcelona have finally closed the book on the protracted transfer saga/soap opera that was Cesc Fabregas’ move to the Camp Nou. In addition to the £35m fee paid it was announced that the midfielder had a €200m release clause inserted in his contract.
The high price is supposed to be a statement of intent to keep a player but is it really anything besides a headline grab? Continue reading “The Ridiculousness of Release Clauses”
Just a quick look at the agreement signed between Major League Soccer and the players. The league and the players agreed a new 5-year contract only hours before the kick-off of the new season. Key concessions won by the players included guaranteed contracts for a majority of players and increased rights for players out of contract. There was no increase in the salary cap for teams from the $2.3m set several years ago.
Interesting player figures came out as well. 323 players were paid an average of $147,945 (median $88,000) last season.
Some quick maths then tells us that the entire player wage budget for the MLS stands at around $47.8m a year (~£31.8m at current rates)
….or (roughly) the combined wages of John Terry, Wayne Rooney, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Let’s all think about that for a while.