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Give credit where credit is due

Professional athletes at large are overpaid and overpriced.  No athlete is worth $2 million dollars a year, $20 million dollars a year or $200 million dollars a year.  With the marketplace having such an influential role in sports nowadays, the possibilities are endless for professional athletes’ contracts.

You can tap into the contract of any athlete in any sport and make a case for the absurdity of the figures involved (i.e. David Beckham signed a contract with the LA Galaxy for $250 million dollars over 5 years). 

Ignoring the fact that the cheques these athletes are getting is disturbing, every now and then we come across a case where an athlete is being mis-treated and under-paid relative to the contracts of some of the other players involved.

I have been following the MLS team Toronto FC quite closely this season.  Watching this franchise game in and game out has unfortunately developed some frustrations rather than joys.  Aside from the fact that they were not strong enough to make the playoffs this year, there was one other thing that really bothered me: Julian De Guzman.