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Samuel eto'o to become the world's highest paid footboler

Discussion in 'Sports' started by BabuK, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. BabuK

    BabuK JF-Expert Member

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    Samuel Eto'o is on his way to Russia, where billionaire oligarch Suleyman Kerimov will make him the highest paid footballer in the world. All the 30-year-old has to do is pass a medical and play with Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos for small-club-with-big-ambitions Anzhi Makhachkala in the Russian province of Dagestan and he'll reportedly get €20 million per season over the next three years.

    From the AP:
    While financial terms were not disclosed, Eto'o is expected to be paid €20 million ($29 million) net per season, eclipsing the estimated €12 million ($17.4 million) that Cristiano Ronaldo earns at Real Madrid and the €10.5 million ($15.2 million) that Lionel Messi is paid by Barcelona.
    After a week of negotiations in Milan, the transfer fee was reportedly set between €25 and €27 million ($36 and $39 million).
    Not only does this deal put the former Inter and Barcelona striker well ahead of Cristiano and Messi, it also means he's getting paid more than the NBA's highest-paid player, Kobe Bryant ($25.2 million) and takes home more than Major League Baseball's highest-paid player, Alex Rodriguez, who is making $32 million this year before taxes. That means Eto'o might be the world's highest-salaried athlete, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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