Mumbai: Having played in the I-League since the tournament’s inception until he retired two years ago, Indian football legend Baichung Bhutia knows the hardships that a professional player faces only too well. The former Indian captain, who now dabbles in his new role as a team owner of United Sikkim FC also understands the predicaments that team owners go through.
On a day when an Indian footballer’s per season income rose substantially thanks to the addition of Indian Super League, the IPL-style tournament, Bhutia said the overall earnings were still below his expectation.
“I am definitely not happy with the money. I would want them to get much more than what they are getting right now, even with the ISL as well. I would have been happy if there was an auction and the players get more money. But it is a good start,” the former India captain told reporters.
With the elite Indian players expected to earn around Rs. 80 lakh in the ISL, Bhutia felt that having an auction would have fetched more money. “I would have been happy if there was an auction and the players get more money. But it is a good start,” the 37-year-old said....