Although still a well-paying profession, the lives of Liverpool and Everton players have been completely transformed following the arrival of the Premier League
Being a professional footballer has always been a well-paid profession, but with the advent of the Premier League in the early 1990s, the economic prospects for top footballers changed forever.
Until the arrival of the Premier League, the best football teams in England fought to become the top of the Premier League.
Despite significant European successes for English teams in the 1970s and early 1980s, the late 1980s marked a low point for English football.
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Stadiums were collapsing and had poor facilities as hooliganism plagued the game. The Premier League lagged Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s La Liga in attendance and revenue, prompting England’s top players to move abroad.
At the end of the 1990–91 season, plans for a new league were drawn up which would bring more money into the game.
An agreement has been signed by the game’s top flight clubs, setting out the basic principles for the creation of the FA Premier League, which would have crucial commercial independence from the Football Association and the Football League, allowing the Premier League to negotiate its own broadcast and sponsorship. offers.
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With the league’s creation, BSkyB won the £304million bid to show live Premier League games for five years, with the BBC winning the highlights package to show on Match of the Day.
Since the Premier League held its first season in 1992-93, it has become the richest league in the world, ahead of the Spanish La Liga, the German Bundesliga and the Italian Serie A.
These days, you only have to look at player profiles on Instagram to see how lucrative and glamorous the life of a Premier League top has become.
Talking about multi-million pound sponsorship deals, in addition to being paid several hundred thousand pounds a week in salaries for some of the top players, provides them with a lifestyle that is a world apart even from players who made a good living in the 60s, 70s, 80s.
To see just how much things have changed, the Liverpool Echo has scoured the archives showing the considerably more modest and less glamorous homes of previous generations of Liverpool and Everton players, particularly compared to the Premier League’s top stars. ‘today.
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