Despite the fact we have discussed the Mr. Ramsey situation for over a year I feel that we will have to do so again., after all over 1200 comments on the BBC website following his statement shows a high level of interest.
And what is the focus of the ire? His wages and the level of inefficiency of the Arsenal negotiating team.
My response to both is that there is a misconception based upon ignorance.
Let’s start with the wages.
Aaron Ramsey is a very high profile player in the world’s most popular sport. His wages pale into insignificance when discussing high earners in a minority sport like American football or baseball.
It is a simple case of supply and demand. Those of you who are lucky enough to travel the world know that wherever you go there is passion for the Premier League above any other, countless millions know the name of Aaron Ramsey.. He may not be in the rank of Messi/Ronaldo or Calum Chambers but he is definitely in the top 100.
He earns the Big Bucks because someone is willing to pay. It seems as though there were a plethora of clubs willing to pay €400k a week, including Man Utd and the Chavs.
Footballers are not overpaid, lawyers are 😀
The Arsenal Backroom Boys effed up the negotiations? How can anyone know outside of the meeting room what was offered and refused?
Some time ago LB wrote a post on this very subject and he is a man who knows about contracts. Mr. Ramsey employs an agent to get him the best deal possible. It would be foolish to imagine that his agent didn’t tout Aaron around the big clubs in Europe at least 18 months ago. He would have known the benefit to his client of running down his contract. It is called Player Power. and Arsenal got shafted. They aren’t the first and will not be the last.
It is also the job of his agent and press office to present Mr. Ramsey in the best possible light – they have done a superb job. Arsenal are left looking foolish. Very clever.
Aaron is one of my favourite players (despite his Welshdom). In his 11 years he has been superb for Arsenal and we will miss his genius.
I wish him the very best of good fortune on his new adventure.
I am deeply envious.
written by Big Raddy