Last week, German magazine Der Spiegel shared leaked details of Paris Saint-Germain and France superstar Kylian Mbappé’s reported earnings and contract demands.
According to the leak, Mbappé, who joined the Qatar-backed French champions permanently for a reported fee of €180 million (approximately $203 million) earlier this year, commanded a €5 million ($5.6 million) signing bonus and a salary of €10 million ($11.2 million) per year after tax over a five-year contract, making him one of the best-paid young players in the world.
Der Spiegel's report even claimed that Mbappé's representatives had asked for the use of a private jet, among other perks, although those demands were rebuffed.
Now, the prodigy has had his say about earnings in the modern game, and his opinion is remarkably candid.
"It’s truly indecent for me, who comes from a fairly modest family," he told Swiss station RTS Sport. "It’s true that it’s indecent but the market is like that. The world of football works like that. I’m not going to revolutionize football. I’m in a system. You have to know how to respect it and to stay in place."
Earlier this month, in a sign of the young striker's growing marketability, Mbappé agreed a deal to become an ambassador for Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot. He will reportedly earn €1 million ($1.1 million) per year from the deal, which sees him replace Usain Bolt as the brand's main sports representative.
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