We should all be wary about stories reported by the media, even those much closer to the source or even those very close to home. Whilst there is always smoke around a fire, sometimes it doesn't mean what others think it means. Even 'material witnesses' to events can get it totally wrong. Ask a hundred people what they saw, heard and thought when at a seriously important historic event and it is still hard to convert the evidence into a completely reliable truth. I would guess, as a yardstick measure, that the more money a person earns the less 'nice' s/he'll be with exceptions proving the rule, because the trick in life is always to be yourself and that get's harder the moment you move away (or are moved away) from who you truly are.
My main point is that contemporary footballers are paid too much at the top and too little down the bottom, which, sadly, is repeated in contemporary society in general, and that says all you need to know about those at the top.