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Saturday, 25 August 2007

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If you were paid as much as footballers are, you could afford a tattoo

A survey of more than 10,000 children under the age of 13, has shown that an overwhelming number of them believe that many of today's footballers receive "far too much money" in their pay packets.

The survey, carried out by the Children's BBC Newsround programme, showed that more than 91% of kids thought that most players, including some of those who have appeared for the England national team, were "overpaid primadonnas", and that their wages should be capped.

Only 9% of the youngsters questioned said they were inspired to play football by primadonnas like former England captain David Beckham, who recently signed for American club LA Galaxy in a deal worth £25million.

Beckham, who also earns a fortune through advertising and sponsorship deals, can't spell his name properly without supervision, and sometimes wears a sarong.

Despite this, many kids still respect Beckham for the wonderful tattoo he has had emblazoned across his upper back.

Timmy Tompkins, 4, of the Little Brown Bear Nursery in Salford, said:

"When I grow up, I want a tattoo just like David Beckham."

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