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LaLiga criticises 'scandalous' deal to make Kylian Mbappe world's highest paid footballer

LaLiga, the Spanish top football league, has criticized Paris Saint-Germain’s new deal with Kylian Mbappe.

The Spanish league claimed that the deal put “sporting integrity at stake” in reference to recent losses suffered by the French club. LaLiga stated that they were more than EUR220m (PS186m).

Sky Sports reports that Mbappe is now the highest-paid player of world football.

After paying a sign-on fee of approximately PS100m, he will receive wages of around PS1m per week.

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PSG also made concessions regarding image rights. Mbappe will receive bonuses for goals, Ballon d’Or honors, and Champions League success.

France international, 23, was widely expected to leave the Ligue 1 champions Real Madrid after the season’s end when his contract expired on June 30th.

Real was willing to pay EUR230m (PS194m), to sign the forward by deadline last summer. Mbappe could also be paid a PS110m signing-on fee and PS20m per year wages after tax.

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Their total investment would have been approximately PS300m.

Image: Kylian Mobappe will be available on approximately PS1m per week. Pic: AP

LaLiga stated that it would file a complaint against PSG in front of UEFA, France’s administrative and fiscal authorities, and the European Union authorities to continue to protect the European football’s economic ecosystem and sustainability.”

It stated that this type of agreement was detrimental to the economic sustainability and integrity of European football.

It is shocking that a club such as PSG, with losses exceeding EUR220m last season (while reporting sponsorship income at an uncertain valuation), and a cost of around EUR650m for the 2021-22 season can reach an agreement of these characteristics, while clubs that are able to accept the player’s arrival without having their wage bills compromised, are not able to sign him.

Mbappe stated that he was happy to “continue to play in France”, the country where he was born, where grew up, and where he made his name.”

Nasser Al Khalaifi, CEO of PSG, stated that “Kylian’s commitment to PSG is an incredible milestone in the club’s history and a wonderful moment and celebration for all our fans.”

Mbappe was introduced on the pitch prior to PSG’s Ligue 1 match against Metz – in that he scored a hat trick.

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