And we thought American athletes made too much loot.
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o, 30, has reportedly left Inter Milan, one of the world’s most accomplished clubs, for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, say reports in Italy.
Anzhi Makhchkala. That sounds like a side dish you would get a falafal joint doesn’t it?
Either way, Russian money wins big here, as oligarchs with tons of natural gas money have decided they want the Russian league to compete with the best in the world. So what have they done? Offered to pay an aging superstar almost $40 million dollars a year.
You heard me. $40 million per year.
Talk about over-paying.
On the one hand, Eto’o is a two-time Champions League winner with Barcelona, in 2006 and 2009, and for many years has been considered one of the most dangerous goal scorers in the world. Anzhi have already bought Chelsea’s Yuri Zhirkov and have Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos as a captain, so this purchase will solifdy them as one of the teams to beat in Russia.
So will that make them Champions League contenders?
On the other hand, Eto’o is walking into a wonderful situation. Anzhi plays its home games in such a poor region that the team must be flown in from Moscow, where they live and train, for home games. And Moscow is over 1,000 miles away.
No joke. 1,000 miles over a dozen times per season. That won’t get old. It’s like living in New York and playing every week in Kansas. Kansas with a drug problem and massive unemployment rate.
Oh, and did I mention the racial abuse Russian fans vulgarly throw at African players? Just ask Roberto Carlos, who in his frist season with the club got so fed up with taunting from HIS OWN fans, that he threatened to retire.
But then he heard Eto’o was coming and figured the racial abuse would be directed elsewhere.
The next question is, who will Anzhi ridiculously overpay for next in their bid to turn a miniscule club into European champions? And what does this mean for the integrity of world soccer?
$60 million for Wayne Rooney? That will buy some serious hair plugs.
$80 million to Leo Messi? He can build a house in town made out of LEGOS for that kind of money.
It is purchases like these that drive market prices for players way up and causes clubs to go bankrupt. Just go talk to the La Liga league representative trying to hash out labor deals with the Spanish Players’ Union over wages paid to players when clubs go belly up.
All I know is that Eto’o better build like 50 schools in Africa for the kind of money he will reportedly be bringing in.
Good luck not blowing it this season Anzhi Makhachkala. And good luck with those fantastic fans of yours Samuel. I bet they won’t have any problem that you make more in one month than 80% of the population will in their entire lives.
No problem at all.
Makhachkala. Still sounds like some sort of stew, doesn’t it?