Footballer Paul Pogba is unhappy at work. Or so it has been reported a few days back by The Guardian and other news outlets. He is so unhappy, it seems, that he cannot give his 100% on the field.
Now, I have read this news after a rather difficult night, which left me in a mood so dark that even the floodlights of the Eiffel Tower would not be enough to lift. So, Mr. Pogba, allow me to be unfair and pull a few punches at you.
Mr. Pogba, I know how you feel. I do. We all do in fact. Look around you. Do you think the supermarket cashier who serves you (assuming you do your own foodstuff shopping) is always happy at work? Try asking the kit person who cleans your shoes after each game whether he or she is always satisfied with their work. I am sure the answer will be a resounding “no”. But here is the thing Mr. Pogba, how would you take it if the cashier had to bungle your bill because she feels entitled not to give her hundred 100%? Would you understand the kit person if in his disgruntlement with his job he confuses your boots with those of Romelu Lukaku? I wonder.
Consider yourself lucky, Mr. Pogba. At least your qualms are not with your wage, but with your work environment and, apparently, with your boss. (I grant you, he is arrogant, self-righteous and sour-faced, but we don’t choose our bosses, right?) Thank your stars. You’re not unhappy because you have to choose between a 60-hour-week job and your family. Nor because what you earn is not enough to ensure a good education for your offspring. Supermarket cashiers have these reasons as well to add to their potential unhappiness at work*. So I guess this means you will be even more willing to accept a shoddy service from them, right?
According to information I dug up on the net you earn $382,866 per week, Mr. Pogba. That’s almost $4.6 million per year. And I am not including sponsorships and one-time transfer fees. Now, the average yearly salary of a cashier at ASDA (that’s a supermarket, Mr. Pogba), all bonuses included, is somewhere around $19,100 (£15,000). Just to make it easier for you to digest, that’s around 5% of your salary. If you allow yourself not to ‘give your 100%’, what percentage of effort is that cashier allowed to put in if he or she is unhappy?
I know I am being unfair, Mr. Pogba. To my defence I told you so at the very outset. Blame it on my sleepless night. Of course you have the right to be unhappy at work and want to move. But perhaps, in the interest of self-preservation, you should spare us the moaning. You are 25, Mr. Pogba. At that age most people are just starting out and accepting whatever job comes their way. Job satisfaction and happiness is not even on their scoreboard.
You are one of the highest paid human beings on earth (and for what is, in the end, a rather mildy useful talent on the scale of things). So, I am sorry, but I honestly do not think you have the right to tell the fans who pay your wages that you cannot give your 100% because you’re unhappy at work. You are absurdly privileged and that puts on you equally absurd responsibilities. That’s what the Kings of France learnt at their own expense a few centuries ago.
I dislike ManU as much as you do Mr. Pogba, but they pay you a good wage and charge their fans for it. Respect that and get a transfer if need be.
*I chose supermarket cashiers as a general example. This holds for any job, especially those significantly less paid than a footballer.
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