The chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) John Delaney has branded Wayne Rooney's new deal with Manchester United as "outrageous".
Delaney described Rooney's £300,000-a-week contract with the English Premier League champions as "crazy" and believes that football in general has "sold its soul at club level". The FAI chief also suggested that it has become a problem that players are earning so much money at the highest level.
"I think it's crazy. [Rooney] is paid nearly £16 million a year. His manager [David Moyes] is probably earning about a quarter of that, and he could lose his job if Rooney doesn't perform," Delaney was quoted as saying by the Irish Times.
"The problem with the game in England is that all the money is going to players and agents. Then, if they're not happy with the money they're getting, the agents leak something to the newspapers.
"It has meant that no youth is coming through. I think £300,000 per week is outrageous.
"How many times have we seen players kissing the badges on their jerseys and then looking for more money? The game has sold its soul at club level."