"Successful sports professionals can earn a great deal more money than people in other important professions. Some people think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion"
Top successful athletes are among the richest people in the world with high income and luxurious gifts from their sponsors. While many people think of this as unfair, I firmly believe that those athletes deserve the money they are paid.
For those who say that professional sport players are being overpaid, perhaps the strongest reason is that compared to their income, the salary of a doctor or a police officer is much lower. Sports like football, basketball or golf are just for entertainment and not as important as saving people’s lives or preventing crime. Another compelling reason is that despite being role models for young children, many top athletes often cause some shocking scandals such as gambling, taking drugs or soliciting sex with a prostitute. These reckless lifestyles prove that they do not deserve their huge salary.
There are, however, equally strong arguments against the above opinion. To be successful in the sport industry, an athlete needs to be well-trained and extremely skilled, just like a surgeon or a scientist in their own fields. Also, the players are often under high pressure as they represent their city or even the whole country in such international tournaments like World Cup or Olympic. Therefore, the money they receive is not only for what they do but also for the honor they bring to their country. Another related argument is that the sporting career does not last long. A professional football player often retires at the age of thirty. Thus, it is not relevant to compare the income of the athlete to that of the doctor or the police officer, who can do their job for sixty years.
My personal view is that as long as people work hard in order to become an expert in their fields, they always deserve the money they earn.