Odds and Ends
8 7, 8:25am
Because it's an industry worth billions. So as a major factor in that industry, the star players are compensated appropriatly. If you were a major factor instead of an easily replacable small cog in your company that is making hundreds of millions each year then you'd want a decent share of that, too.
Plus national team players aren't even rewarded that well for their games. Compared to what they earn in their respective clubs the games for the national teams aren't even worthy to be called peanuts.
It's really easy: if you have outstanding skills in a field that can be turned into money in some way, then you can sell those skills for a high sum. No matter if it's arts, sports, IT, whatever. And you'd be an idiot not to demand a proper share.