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Brazil Grants Bonus, Pension to Former World Cup Winners

  • Reuters, Wednesday, January 9, 2013 11:57 AM

The Brazilian government has decided to award its 54 World Cup-winning players or their survivors from 1958, 1962 and 1970 a bonus worth $49,100 and a pension worth $1,919 per month. The country's social security minister called the payments "an act of justice" as these individuals were crucial in the country’s development at the time.

According to Marcelo Neves, president of an association of former players and son of two-time World Cup winner Gilmar, 85 percent of the former World Cup winning players live middle to lower class existences. "This money could be the difference between life and death,” he said, adding that professional soccer did not pay back then what it pays today.

Of course, not everyone agrees. Atila Nunes, a radio personality, called the award “a tremendous slap in the face to all those Brazilians who have worked their whole lives and don't get that amount of money.” Nunes said that if anyone should be assisting former players it should be the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), and not ordinary taxpayers. Others questioned why only World Cup winners should receive the award and not other former professionals.

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1 comment about "Brazil Grants Bonus, Pension to Former World Cup Winners ".
  1. Rene Guerra, January 9, 2013 at 2:51 p.m.

    What do you expect in Brazil, where socialists have been RULING since socialist Luiz "Lula" Inacio da Silva was elected president (2003) to be succeeded by socialist Dilma Rousseff (2011)? Expect nothing else but "...spreading the wealth..." (i.e., rob John to give Paul...and then Peter, Anthony and others will want to be given too), as Obama preaches and practices here in the USA. When government sticks its nose where it doesn't belong --which is what essentially socialism is-- results are bad. The Brazilian government pilfers taxpayer money to give it to former soccer players, as it must be pilfering more taxpayer money to give it to more giveaway takers, and the result will inevitably be bad. Here in the USA Obama has exacerbated it to the tilt, to the point that --despite the recession, the high unemployment, the cosmologically huge federal debt (more than $16.4 TRILLION)-- the more than $7 million of taxpayer money Obama pilfered for his and his family end-of-the-year vacation in Hawaii seems routine. Sports is not government business; government should be out of sports everywhere in the world.

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