Juan Mata confirms: ‘I earn an obscene amount of money’

The Spanish playmaker gave an interesting interview to Spanish TV last night

Juan Mata is poet, and you didn't even know it The Manchester United star is bringing out his own collection this year Image Photo Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Juan Mata has explained in a candid interview on Spanish television that footballers’ wages are indeed “obscene”. 

On Spanish news programme Salvados, the Manchester United star admitted said he believes football  has developed a reputation for greed and over-commercialisation. 

Mata explained in quotes translated by the Sun: “Football is very well remunerated at this level. It’s like we live in a bubble.

“With respect to the rest of society, we earn a ridiculous amount. And it’s unfathomable.”

The midfielder went on: “With respect to the world of football, I earn a normal wage. But, compared to 99.9% of Spain and the rest of the world, I earn an obscene amount. The barometer we use for measuring our salaries is comparing them to those of our team-mates and what other players are earning elsewhere.

“I live in a bubble. Real life is the one my friends live. They’ve had to look for work, sign on to the dole and emigrate. That’s normal life now. My life as a footballer is not normal. It scares me sometimes to think about just how protected I am. The smallest problem, and someone will come and fix it for me. That’s one of the aspects in which we don’t live a normal life”.

Mata, who is believed to earn £140,000 a week, is sympathetic towards fans who are drifting away from the game. 

The 27-year-old said: “I can understand what they’re talking about. The business side of football makes it seem as though the owners are now more important than the fans. It’s not like the football of old; there wasn’t as much press coverage before or as many interested parties looking for their cut.”

Mata is also worried about the development of younger players, who he believes think they’re superstars before they’ve achieved anything.

He added: “Every player thinks he’s Maradona when he joins a big club. That happens to all of us, but then you start to notice it in the younger players. You see kids who think they’re rock stars; wearing extravagant clothes and driving fancy cars… and sometimes you have to take them aside and have a word.”

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Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran

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