US President Donald Trump mentions Cristiano Ronaldo while discussing gender-pay gap in football and why it is drastically huge.
The gulf in pay among the two genders is highly huge, with men’s game massively winning on the commercial aspect. Women footballers are struggling to earn a respectable figure.
Even though, USA women’s team are more successful than the men’s football team, still the wages being given to the female footballers are massively less than their counterparts.
To this USA President responded, as Women’s World Cup is in its third round and USA are dominating the tournament, they will further face the hosts France in the next round. However, while speaking about the Women’s football, Donald Trump draws a comparison with Portuguese starlet Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I love watching women’s soccer,” the US President told The Hill. “They’re really talented.
“I know that when you have the great stars like [Portugal’s Cristiano] Ronaldo and some of these stars… that get paid a lot of money, but they draw hundreds of thousands of people. But I haven’t taken a position on that at all. I’d have to look at it.”
It seems that players like Ronaldo do attract massive commercial aspects to the game and significantly earns more than majority of top flight female footballers in Europe combined.
However, it isn’t true everywhere, as every men’s footballer or men’s team does not attract equally good commercial gains. Many times, existing stereotypes also play a crucial role in undermining the wages of Women footballers.
With the US Women’s team currently embroiled in a lawsuit with U.S. Soccer over wage-related issues, it looks, the female footballers soon want to head towards a change.
How twitter reacted
Trump knowing who Cristiano Ronaldo is some how (for me) the wildest thing in this article
— Futhum (@FuthumT) June 25, 2019
Blame the journalists. At least Trump watches the games. He knows who Ronaldo is. His son plays on D.C. United youth team.
— John Haydon (@JohnAHaydon) June 25, 2019
(Spoiler alert: it's just the U.S. men's team the women generated more revenue than. Since Trump referenced Ronaldo, that's pretty shifty, Yahoo. Pretty shifty indeed.)
— SarahLee (@sarailola) June 25, 2019
The Women’s world cup is heading toward its quarter-finals round with USA going to face France.