Guts, heart and millions – Rangers, fans and the superstars

Guts, heart and millions – Rangers, fans and the superstars
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Fans fly a Union Jack flag during the Scottish League Cup Semi-Final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on February 1, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Ibrox Noise was slightly disturbed, stunned and even amused at this morning’s story of PSG wishing to keep Kylian Mbappe and sign him to a new deal for £800,000 pw, making him the best paid player in history.

Apart from the fact he would actually be second, behind team mate Lionel Messi who is on £1,000,000 a week.

And that’s basic salary. Add endorsements, which is the real money maker for these players, and Messi probably rakes in easily four times that a week, making him around about £16M a month, and around £200M a year.

It’s numbers that go into eye-watering, and when we saw that comical advert featuring Cristiano Ronaldo for some Singapore mob in which he would have been paid many millions to act like an idiot on camera and dance, it brings the fantasy world these megastars exist in into focus compared with the real world Joe Punter is in.

What does this have to do with Rangers? We’ll get to that – Connor Goldson reportedly wanting to be the best-paid player at Ibrox which would still be earning around £35K (in truth, we’d be guessing there) and even those numbers are fantasy earnings for you and I, but it brings into context a player like Messi or Mbappe who can earn well over 30 times that in terms of basic salary.

The world PSG, Real Madrid, Man City and one or two other elite clubs live in is a million miles away from the one 99% of fans live in, with one supporter saying:

“Lad I agree to work 40 hours a week every week for probably less than 1 per cent of what he (Ronaldo) got paid for this. The joke on us.”

And he’s actually being generous to himself – if he is on, say, £25K a year for honest work, and Ron got likely about £3M for that stupid commercial, that’s about .8%.

There’s no probably about it, he’s getting a trace.

It is why fans get so angry with players not delivering – the mansions they live in, the lifestyle they have, when Joe and Jane Punter work honest days for little reward. Consequently supporters take a lack of work ethic on the pitch as a middle finger right at them – that they worked 50-hour weeks for a modest wage, saved up for a ST and an away ticket to watch you not try for them.

And this is a reason supporters at Ibrox are so disenchanted with players’ current malaise.

And we will always call that out at Ibrox Noise.

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  1. I would love to see these players do 1 day of my work Labouring on a building site for £12 an hour lol. A grand a week, decent car and a wee house and i would play for Rangers. I would play for free really, but if wages were involved thats what i’d be happy with. Players these days just dont seem to know how good they have it.

  2. It’s disgusting. Fans are being taken for fools. I’ve said before if someone like Goldson or Morelos had to give up their EPL dream and sign a 4 year contract for us on a “measly” £30k a week they would still earn over £6m over the contract. They’d hardly be stuck for cash.

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