Model Answer - Ielts Writing (Task 2)

Successful sports professionals can earn a great deal more money than people in other important professions. Some people think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

The media often announces the high amounts successful sports professionals, in particular football, basketball and tennis players receive from their respective clubs. Millions of dollars are also spent on buying players from other teams. Humble occupations like those of teachers, social workers, counselors and caregivers on the other hand don’t pay that much, even though they have a lot to offer to society.

Managers, trainers, sports professionals and sports fans might think that those taking part in sports deserve to receive these inflated salaries. Playing a sport professionally requires difficult training, discipline, skill and personal sacrifice. There is plenty of competition in sports so players keep pushing themselves to the limits. We must not forget that a well-known professional can bring high earnings to a club from the sale of season tickets and in the form of advertising. Sports personalities keep fans interested in athletics.

On the other hand, the long working hours, patience and dedication of those in the ‘caring services’ are not rewarded enough. These people play an important role in education, nurturing and advising citizens. However, their valuable contribution can’t be measured like the figures generated by sports professionals. Their spiritual input is usually only noticeable over a long period of time.

I’m not keen on sports so my point of view is that the earnings of sports professionals are too high. I think that the spiritual contribution of important occupations is undervalued. We live in a society where visibility and profits reign and since it is the successful sportspeople who generate money they are deemed worthy of receiving it too.

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