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  Footballers are overpaid say kids
Updated 10 May 2004, 11.23
David Beckham earns loads from adverts
Young football fans think big-name stars are overpaid, bad role models and shouldn't be allowed to make adverts.

Those are some of the findings of a survey of more than 10,000 children under 13 years old.

Eight out of 10 kids think footballers are bad role models who get into trouble and the same number think they get too much money for playing.

The kids are so annoyed that only 9% say that current stars inspire them to try and be professional footballers.

Kids want to play more football at school
Kids want to play more football at school
Those fans who do want to be a footballer when they're older say the chance of playing for their country is more important than the fame and money it would bring.

Less than a quarter think cash is a reason to play, with 56% reckoning being an international is why they want to be the next David Beckham.

Despite all those negative attitudes towards the players most of the kids surveyed don't think they play enough footie at school.

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