Late paychecks and job insecurity are now facts of life in Brazilian soccer

“It wasn’t long ago that we were watching the great and good of world soccer parade their talents here in Brazil. Fittingly, and in defiance of the naysaying that surrounded the country’s often shambolic World Cup preparations, Brazil provided an idyllic stage for talents like Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Toni Kroos to perform their magic – perfect playing surfaces, gleaming, modern stadiums, and packed stands filled with shiny-toothed fans. Brazil’s domestic season was never going to live up its Mundial, but at times, when the stadiums have been full and the country’s better sides have been on display, the splendor of the World Cup seems like more than a brief visitor from another soccer galaxy. A recent survey showed the country’s top flight players are the seventh best paid in the world, and the new World Cup arenas have given clubs an excuse to jack up prices to dizzying levels.” Soccer Gods

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