Ricardo Fuller has signed for Hanley Town this week because he loves the game and wants to play.
At the same time, the great Gareth Bale, whose manager is one of the finest players we’ve ever seen in Zinedine Zidane, is quite happy to earn a reported £600,000 to be Real Madrid’s most highly-paid cheerleader.
He goes away with Wales for two big matches and says: “We have two big games coming up. This is the start for us to prepare for the Euros next year. We’re all focused… I haven’t been back in training yet, I have just come back off holiday.”
So who was surprised when he was brought off at half-time as Wales beat Finland 1-0 on Thursday night?
To be fair, he’s not the only one that’s had me spitting out my tea. It’s the state of football at the moment and what worries me is the knock-on effects you have from such a skew in finances. It’s all weighed so heavily at the top when there are clubs and institutions fighting for their lives.
So, Gareth, instead of sitting on your backside, come and follow Ric’s lead and actually play football, the thing you grow up dreaming about. His agent might not like sitting in the stand at Leek Town but we’ll have a whip-round to buy him a Bovril.