Few would argue that 19-year-old footballers earning £50,000 a week deserve pity.
Until, that is, they see the pound signs flashing in the eyes of the financial advisers, publicists, and various other people knocking at players' doors.
Premiership clubs and agents are increasingly having to step in to advise players on the management of their legal affairs and ward off unscrupulous figures who are after their cash.
West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City employ staff on call 24-hours-a-day for players with legal, personal or financial problems.
Aston Villa has a player liaison officer who, although not a legal expert, "points players in the right direction".
But even so, Kevin Harris-James, a Birmingham lawyer who has represented players from all three of the region's Premiership clubs, believes top-level footballers have never been so vulnerable.
He said: "The top clubs are now very aware of just how susceptible players are to the more unscrupulous who prey on those who are financially inexperienced.
"Many of these youngsters come from football academies where they are closely looked after. They come into untold riches very early on in their lives and inevitably are illequipped for all that that entails.
"The wealth and trappings in the popular soaps, such as Footballers' Wives, is nearer to the truth than many would believe."
Mr Harris-James, a partner at Irwin Mitchell solicitors in Temple Street, Birmingham, believes the legal affairs related to a player's personal relationships pose the greatest problems.
He said: "Celebrity couples lead an affluent lifestyle of luxurious houses, designer clothes, sports cars and expensive jewellery.
" This is all financed through the young footballer's lucrative contract with his club. There is a significant disparity in terms of the financial contribution between the player and his wife or girlfriend.
"On marital breakdown, the footballer will say the accrual of marital wealth was as a result of his exceptional talent and that he should retain the majority of his wealth.
"The wife will say she fully supported him throughout his career, the good times and the times when he thought his injuries would make him never play again.
"She will say her contribution was therefore every bit as important as his. The divorce court has to unravel the couple's financial affairs in a way that is considered fair.
"While the footballer is still plying his trade, the money continues to come in and so there is sufficient marital wealth to continue to support two households.
"But reality is harsh. Many a professional footballer struggles in the financial wilderness after a successful career.
"No longer can an ex-wife expect maintenance of £50,000-a-year. The footballer must adapt, retrain and find work."
Last year, in a landmark ruling, former Arsenal star Ray Parlour's ex-wife Karen had her maintenance increased to £406,500 a year from £212,000 a year by the Court of Appeal.
It was more than a third of the future income of her ex-husband.
Her settlement also included two mortgage-free houses worth £1 million and £12,500-a-year for their three children.
Her lawyer had argued she rescued his career and was entitled to more of his £1.2 million-a-year income.