The Men With The Golden Feet

Jim White speaks to present and former professional footballers about the money they earn and the choices they face with what to do with it.

A Fabian Society report on attitudes to pay has revealed that the public thought footballers were the least deserving of their wealth.

A footballer starting his career in the Premier League today, assuming he is lucky enough to play for ten years, could expect to earn at least 15 million pounds and probably a lot more, and the money sloshing around in the game shows no sign of diminishing.

Today, footballers are retiring with capital, not savings, but what are they doing with it? Are they in any shape to make sensible decisions about how they use their wealth? And who else is gaining?