The World's Highest Paid Athlete?

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    Aug 24, 2011 1:41 PM GMT
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    Anzhi make Samuel Eto’o the world’s highest paid footballer

    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.
    This could be good news for Eto'o's Cameroon teammates, though. Last season, he spent $1.3 million buying each one of them a $42,000 watch. An amount of money that Samuel will probably now refer to as "chump change."
    Outside of finding a place to keep all that money, Eto'o will have a few more serious concerns. Like the fact that Anzhi players live and train in Moscow for security reasons and must fly 1,250 miles 15 times a season for "home" matches, according to the BBC. Also, racial abuse from Russian Premier League fans in Roberto Carlos' short time with the club has driven the defender to consider retirement. But it seems Samuel considers these to be minor inconveniences for the money he's been promised.

    I love Eto'o and have always thought he was an underrated striker so I'm happy for him and know that he will give back to a community that desperately needs the support.

    I've also heard he will get 10k euros per goal and 5k euros for each assist, but that might just be hearsay at this point. Anyone know of another athlete who gets paid more?
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    Aug 24, 2011 1:56 PM GMT
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    I believe if you include endorsements, the highest paid is still Tiger Woods.
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:07 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidI believe if you include endorsements, the highest paid is still Tiger Woods.


    But Tiger doesn't make a salary, just tournament winnings. There was a point in time where he was on pace to be the first billionaire in American sports, but that ship has probably sailed for him.
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    irishkcguy said
    ohioguy12 saidI believe if you include endorsements, the highest paid is still Tiger Woods.


    But Tiger doesn't make a salary, just tournament winnings. There was a point in time where he was on pace to be the first billionaire in American sports, but that ship has probably sailed for him.


    He crossed the mark, he did become the first billionaire. But wow, Eto'o is going to be making bank. But playing in Dagestan, Chechnya- Dagestan.... I don't know if their is anything good about that.
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
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    irishkcguy said
    ohioguy12 saidI believe if you include endorsements, the highest paid is still Tiger Woods.


    But Tiger doesn't make a salary, just tournament winnings. There was a point in time where he was on pace to be the first billionaire in American sports, but that ship has probably sailed for him.


    He crossed the mark, he did become the first billionaire. But wow, Eto'o is going to be making bank. But playing in Dagestan, Chechnya- Dagestan.... I don't know if their is anything good about that.


    Yeah, but coming from Cameroon, I don't think the poverty of the former soviet bloc will be too big of an adjustment, I only worry about the racism from fans. I remember a couple years ago when he was with Barca he walked off the field in the middle of a game because the opposing teams fans were being so racist.

    Plus, he's 30 years old, definitely nearing the end of his career, so to receive an offer like the one he's got is some testament to his legacy as a pure goalscorer. Also he'll for sure be playing rather than (possibly) rotting in the reserves somewhere after a year or two when Inter picks up some fresh young guns they want to try out.

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    Aug 25, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    ncujock said
    Suecer4 said
    irishkcguy said
    ohioguy12 saidI believe if you include endorsements, the highest paid is still Tiger Woods.


    But Tiger doesn't make a salary, just tournament winnings. There was a point in time where he was on pace to be the first billionaire in American sports, but that ship has probably sailed for him.


    He crossed the mark, he did become the first billionaire. But wow, Eto'o is going to be making bank. But playing in Dagestan, Chechnya- Dagestan.... I don't know if their is anything good about that.


    Yeah, but coming from Cameroon, I don't think the poverty of the former soviet bloc will be too big of an adjustment, I only worry about the racism from fans. I remember a couple years ago when he was with Barca he walked off the field in the middle of a game because the opposing teams fans were being so racist.

    Plus, he's 30 years old, definitely nearing the end of his career, so to receive an offer like the one he's got is some testament to his legacy as a pure goalscorer. Also he'll for sure be playing rather than (possibly) rotting in the reserves somewhere after a year or two when Inter picks up some fresh young guns they want to try out.



    This is all true, but Chechnya- Dagestan is an Islamic area with a history of separatism, and barring that I don't think Moscow has a history of tolerance, so its gonna be an adventure for him... but I hope he is strong enough.