Friday, July 11, 2008

A slave at £ 125,000 a week

This one strains credulity. A blog post in the site has this headline: Why Cristiano Ronaldo Isn’t a Slave. The entry goes on to describe this spoiled prima donna wanting to break his contract.

Cristiano Ronaldo is no Curt Flood. Mr. Ronaldo is a 23-year-old soccer player for Manchester United who is one year into a five-year contract that pays him 125,000 pounds a week, but would like to move to Real Madrid. Mr. Flood was 31 years old when he was making $90,000 and was subject to Major League Baseball’s reserve clause, which gave him no chance at free agency and no control of his future.

Some slave wage.

Mr. Flood’s evocation of slavery was controversial; Mr. Ronaldo’s is laughable.

Perspective is so important.

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