The Brazilian striker made a message of gender equality after setting the record for the 17th goal in the 2019 World Cup.
Marta – a six-time FIFA player of excellence – walked to this year’s women’s soccer World Cup with shoes without a sponsor logo. She wants to fight for the income and investment disparity between men and women football. Like Marta, many experts try to explain why the best female player in the world is only paid 380,000 USD per year, equal to 0.3% of the salary of fellow football star – Neymar.
The remuneration between men and women football is more clearly pointed out in France Football’s statistics in early June 2019. The total salary of the five highest paid female players in the world is about $ 2 million, less than one-tenth of the fifth highest paid male player – Gareth Bale ($ 45 million).
Ada Hegerberg – the best female player of 2018 – received the highest salary, with $ 450,000 per season, 325 times less than Lionel Messi. On a monthly basis, the salary of the striker currently playing for Lyon is 37,000 USD, while Messi receives 12 million USD. Hegerberg’s compensation is even lower than the average salary of male players playing in the Brazilian championship ($ 650,000 per season).
Hegerberg also refused to play for Norway for the past two years, claiming that the Football Association of this country treated unfairly young women players.
The common explanation for the income gap between male and female football is profit. Women’s matches are much less profitable than men’s football, making them less invested than their male counterparts. But, economics professors do not accept that explanation, because it is contrary to the relationship between supply and demand in economics. They think that a female player will help women’s football to develop, if they have adequate income.
Professor Almeida also said that women are not qualified to achieve the results as men, not only in sports but also in life. Women who want to speak out about male inequality need to be more successful than men.
40 years ago, Brazil had a public football player. In 1979, a law banning women from playing football was lifted in South America’s largest country, but its repercussions are still today. Women’s football has no background and a response from the masses.