Inter Milan has reportedly reached a deal with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for the transfer of striker Samuel Eto’o, a deal that will make the Cameroon international the highest paid soccer player in the world.
After negotiations, Italian media reported Sunday that the two clubs have agreed on a transfer fee of $38.9 million and that the deal will be formalized Monday.
Anzhi is expected to give Eto’o a three-year contract worth $28.8 million per season, nearly twice what the highest paid players receive. Cristiano Ronaldo earns an estimated $17.3 million at Real Madrid and Lionel Messi is paid $15.1 million by Barcelona. Last season Eto’o was paid 8 million Euro with Inter Milan and was ranked 10th in the world of highest paid soccer players. This deal will certainly have him sitting at number one for a while.
The club Anzhi, is from the southern Russian province of Dagestan, and is owned by billionaire oil tycoon Suleiman Kerimov. The 30-year-old has already won three Champions League titles, two with Barcelona and one with Inter, and is excited about the move to Russia.
Yes, it is a lot of money. But it would have to be to motivate a great player to move to Russia. Good luck to Samuel Eto’o and we hope that you don’t disappear into the obscurity of your Russian club or your giant mountain of money.