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Mata’s admission confirms what we already know.

MANCHESTER United’s Spanish international midfielder Juan Mata has admitted in an interview that he and other professional footballers earn “obscene” amounts of money and “live in a bubble”.

Mata, who signed for Manchester United from Chelsea for a reported $AUD69.56 million in 2014, is believed to earn around $282,000 per week.

“Football is very well remunerated at this level. It’s like we live in a bubble. Compared to the rest of society, we earn a ridiculous amount. It’s unfathomable,” Mata said in an interview on Spanish television program Salvados, broadcast on Monday.

“With respect to the world of football, I earn a normal wage. But compared to 99.9 per cent of Spain and the rest of the world, I earn a silly amount.”

The Spain international also said he sympathised with critics of the modern game, who claim football has become too commercialised, and criticised the attitude of some young players who become arrogant after turning professional.

“I can understand what they’re talking about. The business side of football makes it seem as though the owners are now more important than the fans,” the 27-year-old added.

Mata earns more in a week than most earn in a year.

Mata earns more in a week than most earn in a year.Source:AFP

“Every player thinks he’s Diego Maradona when he joins a big club. That happens to all of us but then you notice it in the younger players.

“You see kids who think they’re rock stars; wearing extravagant clothes and driving flash cars ... sometimes you have to take them aside and have a word.

“I don’t enjoy the business side of football. I love the game. I love training and competing.

“I’d take a pay cut if there was less business involvement in the sport. At this level, we’re very well paid and sometimes you start thinking there isn’t much of a difference between X and X plus three.”

Manchester United’s EPL title hopes faded long ago, but they can still make it uncomfortable for Leicester as they close in on an incredible top-of-the-table finish.

The Foxes — who have an eight-point lead over Tottenham having played one more game than Spurs — travel to Old Trafford for their next fixture. They need a minimum five points from their final three games to guarantee the title.

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