Erling Haaland’s agent has sensationally claimed that the Manchester City striker could become the first billionaire footballer in the world.
The former Borussia Dortmund talisman took the Premier League by storm, having netted 20 goals in 14 games for City.
The Norwegian striker completed his move from Dortmund for a fee in the region of £51 million, and it was reported that he is the club’s highest-earning player after Kevin De Bruyne.
It was reported that Haaland pockets a staggering £900 000 per week. According to various reports, Haaland’s eye-watering £900 000 includes guaranteed bonuses.
With Haaland said to be taking a whooping close to £1 million, his agent Rafaela Pimenta said that the Man City striker could be the first £1 billion footballer.
She said that given his football, image rights, and sponsor value Haaland could undisputedly be worth one billion.
“If you put together his football value, his image value, his sponsor value, it is for sure £1 billion,” Pimenta said when talking about the transfer fee Haaland could be signed for in an interview with Sky Sports.
“It’s normal to compare Erling with [Kylian] Mbappe, so you have a little bit of an idea of the market — I think Erling would be the first player to achieve a transfer that would be around £1 billion.”
Lately, there were rumours that circulated on various media outlets suggesting that Haaland had a clause in his contract which would allow him to join Real Madrid for a lower fee after the 2023-24 season.
However, Man City boss Pep Guardiola refused to comment on the claims, and so did Haaland’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta.
“The good and bad of being a lawyer are that you know what you cannot say. You don’t need somebody poking you like, ‘Don’t say this, don’t say that.’ I cannot talk about it.”