Sokratis becomes highest paid Greek footballer after Arsenal deal
In signing a lucrative 3+1 deal with Arsenal, defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has become the highest paid Greek football player on the planet.
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According to various reports on the internet, Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ 3+1 contract with Arsenal will take in a grand total of 19 million euros overall, with the Greece international due to earn 6,333,333 million for the 2018/2019 season alone. Unsurprisingly, the centre-back becomes the highest paid Greek footballer in the world, overtaking AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas who reportedly receives around 3.5 million per calendar year.
However, the 30-year old had the opportunity to boast an even larger salary. Allegedly, Papastathopoulos received a huge offer from a Chinese Super League team, a contract which would have gifted him an astounding 12 million a year. Nevertheless, Sokratis rejected the proposal, revealing his desire to continue playing at the top level in Europe in a team which will give him a starting spot. In the end, Papastathopoulos chose Arsenal instead of Manchester United because he harboured doubts that Jose Mourinho saw him as a starter in the centre of defence.
Taking into account all sports, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is the highest earning Greek athlete, as the NBA star will take in 24 million dollars in the next campaign. In third position is Kosta Koufos, another basketball player. Currently on the books of the Sacramento Kings, Koufos earns almost nine million dollars, trailing both Papastathopoulos and Antetokounmpo.