Smith reckons the record fees paid recently for Bale and Pogba will eventually be more than doubled
Jon Smith believes that it is only a matter of time before there is a £200million footballer earning £1million PER WEEK.
Manchester United broke the world transfer record this summer to sign Juventus’ France international midfielder Paul Pogba this summer for £89m, but Smith said: “Transfer fees and wages will keep on going up.
“I heard Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola say the other day that there will soon be a £200million fee – and I think he is right."
Smith, who for 25 years was one of the game’s most powerful movers and shakers and has written a new book The Deal: Inside The World Of The Super-Agent , added:
“It is the same with wages – Lewis Hamilton earns £1million every time he steps into a Formula One car, so why not footballers?
Even footballers’ pay pales in comparison to that of F1 champion Hamilton
"These things are commensurate to what is happening in the game and the reality is that the Premier League is going to generate more than £9billion this season.
“So why shouldn’t footballers, who are the heartbeat of the game, share in the spoils?
“There are still a lot of untapped markets and resources, such as India, a country that fascinates me. In America, social media has driven sports fans to soccer. So we’ve got a way to go yet before we reach saturation point.”
The Premier League is a money-making machine but can do even better, says Smith
He added: “There are big tech companies out there, like Google, Amazon and Facebook who could write out a cheque for £10billion to acquire the broadcast rights for Premier League football without batting an eyelid.
“But they don’t have to, because what is expanding alongside football is an exciting industry that very few people are paying attention to.
“The football industry is huge, but the chatter industry around football is even bigger. That’s a revenue source that hasn’t yet been tapped into but it will be – and the finance that will generate will be massive.”