European Soccer

Eto'o to become world's highest-paid player after transfer to Russian side Anzhi

Eto'o (Getty Images)

The highest-paid soccer player in the world is no longer going to be Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi isn't the one claiming his throne.

After announcing that it has secured his rights from Inter Milan for a reported $39 million, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala is going to pay Samuel Eto'o a reported $29 million per year over the next three seasons to make him the highest-paid player in the world by a wide margin. Ronaldo currently makes about $17.4 million, while Messi is behind him at $15.2 million.

The 30-year-old Eto'o has been one of the world's better goal-scoring forwards, tallying at a high rate for Inter and Barcelona over the last seven years while capturing three UEFA Champions League titles. Few would rate the Cameroonian striker as someone worthy of the world's top contract, though. He'll join former Brazilian international Roberto Carlos at Anzhi, which was bought by Russian oil tycoon Suleiman Kerimov in January.

What do you think about the transfer? Think Eto'o is nuts to leave Inter for Russia? Think Anzhi is nuts to pay that much for the transfer and player? Do you see things working out for both sides?

Share your thoughts below.

  • bryan

    Ronaldo can’t match his record?! You need to take a look at the stats. He has won FIFA Player of the Year, European Golden Shoe(two leagues, first player to do that), strike rate of 1 goal every 70 minutes, EPL Golden Boot, Pichichi, Ballon d’Or, Champions League winner, best forward of the CL, best player of the CL, top goal scorer for the CL, won three of the four main PFA and FWA trophies, FIFA Pusk├ís Award, goals scored record in La Liga and almost matching the EPL, Club World Cup, etc.

    Eto’o is nasty, but both CR and Messi are better.


  • Nick

    That could feed a lot of starving children in Africa. Wonder if he’ll donate any of that massive salary?


  • pd

    With him they have assembled a core that just might qualify for Champions league… that’s where this pays off.


  • PD

    a change of scenery? switching Milan for the Degoba system or whatever the heck it’s called is like saying “you know I like New York, but I hear Kandahar Province is really hip…”


  • Northzax

    He already built and funds a children’s hospital in Cameroon. So i’d guess he will.


  • Bellus Ludas

    ABSOLUTELY INSANE…not matter how many shirts you sell, seats, tours, etc….they will never get 30Mil year out of him. This is an owner with more money than…..


  • suh julius

    i think both are reasonable,the team and eto,eto is worth the money and the team needs him,the deal is excellent for me,eto has all the trophies he needed what else and am sure the team will play the champions league next season,watch and see


  • suh julius

    i bet you,if not of racism which cannot be avoided,eto is supposed to have taken the world best player at least ones


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