Soccer players, college football and even the NFL are among the world’s top-earning athletes, but they’re often forced to do much more work than they need to.
“There’s a very big difference between a professional footballer and an average college student,” says former World Cup and Olympic player Michael Kost, who retired after his career ended.
He’s been in the news a lot lately, after the FIFA executive committee voted to lift the ban on professional players wearing headscarves in public in Qatar.
“Soccer players are a very good example of the sort of work-life balance that I’ve seen in the past, in the last 15 years,” he says.
“It’s very difficult to have kids.
But there are lots of ways to do it that are really well-paid, that are also relatively easy to do, and also provide a really good way to contribute to society and to your community.”
There’s also a strong sense of obligation to get the job done, which is a good thing, he says, as you’re often expected to be the face of the game.
“You’re expected to take care of people’s needs.
You’re expected not to have a life that’s full of selfishness, and that’s not how I live my life.”
In fact, Kost’s wife and three kids are all professional soccer players.
He doesn’t even think of them as a burden, but a chance to make a good living.
But for Kost himself, the change is huge.
“When I was a professional player, I was very fortunate.
I had a job.
I was well-educated.
I have a nice house and car.
I’m doing well, I think.
I don’t think I would be where I am today if it weren’t for the sport,” he said.
“I’ve never had a career that I didn’t have a family to support.
I’ve never even had a day off.
I never had to go to the gym or do any of that.”
He’s had a great experience, but not every footballer is as lucky.
“We’re not as fortunate as Michael Kust.
We don’t have as much money as him, we’re not the only ones.
The biggest problem is, we all work at the same time,” says Nicky, who is in her mid-20s and works in a restaurant.
“So I’m not going to have time off.
So the only time I have is when I’m training, doing the same job, doing my job.
That’s the only thing I have time for.”
There are plenty of other benefits, too.
“My wife works at a restaurant in Melbourne and I can travel to and from the job in Sydney, so I can make sure my kids get an education,” she says.
There are many others who are also playing professional soccer who don’t get the same opportunities.
“Sometimes it’s because of the work, and sometimes it’s that they are just too young to go and play in the first place,” says Sydney-based footballer Ryan.
The training is great, but the coaching is the real problem. “
The money is great.
The training is great, but the coaching is the real problem.
Some of the best soccer players come from the UK and Germany, where salaries are much higher than in Australia. “
But that’s the biggest thing: it’s about being the best person you can be, and being the most professional person you possibly can be.”
Some of the best soccer players come from the UK and Germany, where salaries are much higher than in Australia.
“This is why you get people like me, because they can’t afford to travel to Australia, or to Germany, or go to Europe,” says Ryan.
It’s a huge challenge to keep going, and many people have to work on their own to get by.
“Every time I go to a club, I have to be able to get there, because the people in charge can’t work on the field,” he admits.
“They’re all working.
It takes a lot to get a team to where you want them to be.”
So how can we do it?
Many people have been working hard for years to achieve what they want, but many don’t always get what they’re looking for, says Ryan, who has been playing professionally since the age of 11.
“And if you have a lot less money, you don’t even have the time to train.” “
That’s where the internet comes in. “
And if you have a lot less money, you don’t even have the time to train.”
That’s where the internet comes in.
“In my opinion, the internet is the biggest change in the world,” says Michael.
“With the internet,