We all know most professional footballers earn ridiculous amounts of money, so maybe feeling sorry for them when they’re moving countries to continue to earn money isn’t the right thing.
However, footballers are humans after all and, if any of us had to move countries for work purposes, it could be a frightening thing to go through.
Let’s have a look at some of the issues footballers are faced with when having to relocate to another country to continue playing the game they love.
Finding a New Home
When you’re earning millions every year, finding a luxury home isn’t a problem we would mind having.
When you look at the amount of money that players can afford to spend on new property, though, they need to ensure they do it right.
Buying a home is an investment for us all, but players also need to consider the fact they may not be seeing out their full contract at the club, so they will likely need to sell it on in the future.
Many players have spent millions on a new property and later regretted it when they’ve changed clubs the year after and have had to drop the price by hundreds of thousands just to get it sold.
Many of the world-class footballers have supercars sitting in their garages,
Rolex’s in their walk-in wardrobes, and pets they don’t want to leave behind. Paying for their supercars to be shipped to another country is a very expensive process, even without their furniture and other belongings.
Most of the items that football players own are very expensive, so they need to be handled with care and security in mind, especially if players are internationally relocating.
The process of big relocations like this is quite a task and moving their belongings is just one of a large list of tasks that come with a transfer.
Check out “Football Transfers Today: Life In Between Clubs And Countries“, which goes into detail about the logistics of uprooting your life as a footballer and moving to another country.
Arranging New Schools for Children
Transfer deadlines seem to happen at the worst possible times during the year.
The summer transfer window in Europe usually happens in January and the summer one takes place in August. These are smack bang in the middle of when children are already learning, and some schools may not have any room for new recruits.
This is a problem that many professional footballers have when they’re relocating to join a new club.
Many footballers now opt for homeschooling, mainly because it’s easier and they have the money to do so. However, many others like to put their children into public schools because that’s how they were brought up.
The above are just some of the many issues that professional football players are faced with when they have to relocate to different countries in order to continue to play football.
While their salaries certainly cover most of the headaches, it’s still a hard transition for family and friends to comprehend.
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