June 24, 2024

Giannis Antetokounmpo wants cash from Saudi Arabia after Kylian Mbappe was rumored

The reported offer from Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal to Paris Saint-Germain for superstar forward Kylian Mbappé has taken the sports world by storm, with initial reports saying Mbappé could be paid $776 million for one year in Saudi Arabia.

To put the huge amount into context, LeBron James’ total NBA earnings over his entire 20-season career – most of which he spent earning the maximum salary possible under league contract rules – is $531 million, against Front Office Sports.

That said, it’s understandable why another basketball superstar would try to get some of that money, something Giannis Antetokounmpo tried to joke about by posting a selfie on social media on Monday saying Al-Hilal is welcome to take him instead because of his resemblance to the French icon.

Mbappé has yet to publicly comment on Al-Hilal’s offer or PSG’s reported attempts to sell him after he was left out of the squad for their pre-season tour of Japan.

However, he seemed to get a good laugh out of Antetokounmpo’s post.

Fortunately for Milwaukee Bucks fans, Antetokounmpo was clearly joking.

Soccer journalist Fabrizio Romano clarified on Monday that Mbappé’s proposed contract would be worth around $221 million per year paid directly by the team, with the remaining money coming from commercial licensing deals. Romano added that there are no ongoing discussions between Mbappé and any Saudi Arabian team at this point, however It was reported that PSG willingly accepted the transfer fee which is worth almost $332 million to make a possible move for Mbappé.

It appears PSG are now trying to force Mbappé to leave the team so the club can recoup a transfer fee for their star player after Mbappé informed the team he would not be extending his contract beyond the 2023-24 season. PSG believe Mbappé has already agreed a free transfer with long-term suitor Real Madrid that will take effect next summer, according to Romano. That would allow Madrid to pay PSG no fee to release him from his contract as he would be a free agent.

This is not the first major drive Al-Hilal has brought among European soccer stars to the Saudi Pro League in recent months, led by Cristiano Ronaldo. Al-Hilal reportedly offered Mbappé’s former PSG team-mate Lionel Messi a $442 million-a-year deal earlier this summer before he instead joined MLS side Inter Miami.

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