Long ago, playing for your cub or your country was an honor and a dream of every professional football player. The term “professional football player’’ appeared at the end of XIX century in England, and the money they received didn’t exceed the earning of average man living in England. The situation started slowly to change in the twenties of previous century when for one transfer Arsenal paid to Bolton 10 000 pounds-Jonny Hines becomes the first player that earns 100 pounds a week.
. Limit of one million pounds was first breached in 1979, when Nothingem Forest paid million pounds for transfer of Trevor Francis from Birmingham, and Peter Shilton becomes the best paid football player in England, signing a new contract with Forest, for 1,200 pounds a week. From this transfer the amounts that clubs pay to their football players skyrocket, so today’s amounts exceed tens of millions pounds. Looking at it in percents, in the beginning of 1980’s, clubs in average paid about 40% of their income to football players. In the season 2008-2009, that percentage reached 67%, which means that clubs in England pay about two thirds of their total income to footballer’s paychecks. This growth in percents is a indicator of how the power of football players increased-the power to demand more money from the club, and get that money, thanks to their status.