JY - sorry to be late in replying. Ride plus work took over. I am struggling with this new tactic of deliberately misunderstanding people, though, very odd. Can you not see that (for the second time recently) I wholeheartedly agree with you. Why would anyone want more billionaires....etc.
To repeat, it is a great question. Rammed home to me at the WC in South Africa. I was lucky enough to escort folk to the last three rounds in Cape Town and then the final in J'burg. Instead of enjoying the occassion, I found the whole thing grotesque and vulgar (well the final at least). My over-riding emotion at the end of the final was revulsion and shame combined with respect for the locals who maintained such dignity in the face of such appalling contrasts between those inside the stadium and those merely a few miles away (if that) in the townships. I find large parts of football grotesque (you missed out money laundering in your earlier comments) and for that reason (apart from WC) do not support/attend premiership clubs, do not buy their over-proced merchandise, boycott Sky (despite loving watching sports of most kinds - ok not dumper truck racing from Eindhoven) etc.
But, despite that, I think it is unfair and hypocritical to isolate one individual and to comment on his morals, or lack of them, and to question whether he "earns his money." Beckham represents the top end of a pyramid that is involved in what I consider to be a dreadful allocation of the world's resources. I have said before that football beats the poll tax in terms of the regressive element of the income transfer involved. And yet, is that really Beckham's fault? He has not stolen someone's talents. He was lucky in nature's random distribution of talents. But then he worked hard, and nurtured them himself. From an economic perspective, his salary is as easy to justify as it as hard for most of us to comprehend or imagine in practice. But, and this is the big but, there is a massive chain that is involved in this (mis-) allocation of resources. If we are going to cast moral questions on one part of this chain (Beckham), then would should examine the morals of all of those involved (hence the irony of "oppressed/coerced"). They/we are all making the same decision - the opportunity cost of their/our time and money is ultimately the same, and so therefore is their/our moral responsibility. Too many people hide behind keyboards and attack others, while hiding from this uncomfortable reality. For my part, this is reflected in the sense of shame that I felt on a dark night in J'burg.