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Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
23 March, 2018 22:07
He really blindside us on his business acumen.
Good for him (Sm128)

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Yes, you read the title right. Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is indeed the richest footballer in the world.

Just like how it might have shocked anyone who came to know about it for the first time, it made my jaws drop as well.

During his career, that is more than 15 years old, never has he been sold for a major sum of money. It has always been free transfers.

When he moved to Arsenal in 2004, it was a free transfer. When he moved to AC Milan, it was a free transfer. His second stint with the Gunners also came to fruition after he arrived on a free transfer.

The same was the case when moved to Crystal Palace and his current club Getafe as well.
At the age of 34, his market value is not a million pounds according to transfermarkt.com. The highest market value he has ever had during his career is 12.15 million pounds in 2009.

To say that this man, who has just got three caps for the French national team, is the richest footballer in the world seems to be a crazy statement.

When we talk about rich footballers, the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi spring to our minds. However, though the beautiful game’s megastars are among the richest, they fail to top the list.

Ronaldo, Messi, Beckham, etc have their net-worth in millions, but it seems that the former Arsenal player is in a whole another level with his net-worth being in the billions.

But how did he do that?
For years he kept this as a secret. He had co-founded a biochemical company called GF Biochemicals in 2008, but it was only in 2015 that the former Milan player revealed his involvement in the venture.

His company was the first one to be able to mass produce levulinic acid and according to the US Department of Energy it is one of the 12 molecules that can make the world ‘greener’, which is exactly what Flamini’s intention was when he co-founded GF Biochemicals.

“We founded GFBiochemicals with the ambition of finding sustainable alternatives to oil-based products”, the Getafe midfielder said.

The levulinic acid, which is said to be produced from wood wastes and corn wastes, has the potential to replace fossil fuels.
Being such an innovative step in a world that looks like is heading towards its destruction with climate change and global warming on a steep rich, the company became a big hit.

Flamini and his business partner Pasquale Granata spent millions for seven years before it was revealed by Flamini in 2015 that his company could be worth up to 20 billion pounds.

This would out him in a way another league when compared to other footballers. The 34-year-old is even richer than many of the club owners in Europe’s top 5 leagues.

While we have seen the likes of Beckham and Ronaldo trying their hand in modelling and fashion, this is a way out of the box step by Flamini and he deserves credit for that.
The man might not have been a world beater in football, but he could be the world saver that we need.



'If you want to be unhappy, just compare.' Chinese Proverb

'Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.' Winston Churchill

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
mapleleafgooner (IP Logged)
24 March, 2018 13:59
Maybe he should sell his company and buy over Arsenal from Silent Stan. We will then have sn owner who knows and love the game.

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
SandyB (IP Logged)
24 March, 2018 15:02
Hats off to Flamini. (Sm109)

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
CazOnARola (IP Logged)
25 March, 2018 08:08
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mapleleafgooner
Maybe he should sell his company and buy over Arsenal from Silent Stan. We will then have sn owner who knows and love the game.
There's a reason he is where he is now. It also looks he was smart to akways use the bosman rransfer to his advantage and probably got more sign on bonuses compared to players of his level.


He has invested in company that actually might matter some day compared football clubs who are already highly inflated

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
Goofle (IP Logged)
27 March, 2018 14:35
Just shows that intelligence in real life doesn't necessarily mean you will be an intelligent footballer.

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
CazOnARola (IP Logged)
27 March, 2018 16:27
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Goofle
Just shows that intelligence in real life doesn't necessarily mean you will be an intelligent footballer.
I think he had good football intelligence. He had decent composure as well (look at his goal vs swansea on ozils pass). He just lacks quality in every other aspect. Pace, physique, control, shooting technique, dribble. I think he stood around pointing fingers cause he never had the stamina to cover that much ground. Think he had a better brain than the likes of walcott and welbeck.

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
27 March, 2018 17:00
He had a brilliant run at fall back the year we went to CL final. I think Wenger made a. It mistake dropping him for Cole in the final.



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
Shane (IP Logged)
27 March, 2018 19:58
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CazOnARola
I think he stood around pointing fingers cause he never had the stamina to cover that much ground.

It's called taking responsibility pal. Whether it's pointing fingers, barking orders or digging out Ozil, Flamini displayed the sort of leadership qualities that our players lacked - and still do lack - in a big way and I quite liked him for it.

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
BootyDaddy (IP Logged)
27 March, 2018 20:41
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CazOnARola
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Goofle
Just shows that intelligence in real life doesn't necessarily mean you will be an intelligent footballer.
I think he had good football intelligence. He had decent composure as well (look at his goal vs swansea on ozils pass). He just lacks quality in every other aspect. Pace, physique, control, shooting technique, dribble. I think he stood around pointing fingers cause he never had the stamina to cover that much ground. Think he had a better brain than the likes of walcott and welbeck.

My Labrador has a better brain than Welbeck.



Albert Einstein once said: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
CazOnARola (IP Logged)
28 March, 2018 02:18
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Shane
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CazOnARola
I think he stood around pointing fingers cause he never had the stamina to cover that much ground.

It's called taking responsibility pal. Whether it's pointing fingers, barking orders or digging out Ozil, Flamini displayed the sort of leadership qualities that our players lacked - and still do lack - in a big way and I quite liked him for it.
That was a response to toms comments during flamini s second stint, where Tom pointed that he was pointing fingers to cover positions he himself should be in.

On some instances, that was actually true as he was in no mans land. But i dont think he lacked a football brain



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Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
SandyB (IP Logged)
28 March, 2018 03:08
(Sm66)Guys you don’t discuss about a billionaire with how good he was in football the guy is a walking example of (Sm66) to Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar etc who wanted to be rich by playing football. This is the example of ultimate go getter in life. I think he’s the dream of every common man in the world.

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
Goofle (IP Logged)
28 March, 2018 12:44
His pointing was stupid and completely random. He didn't seem to have a clue what he was pointing at, or why he was pointing at certain players. Literally just ran around doing nothing himself and taking it upon himself to make players do things that potentially wouldn't have been instructions from Wenger.

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
Shane (IP Logged)
28 March, 2018 16:03
He kept Gennarro Gattuso out of the AC Milant team mate, and trained with Vieira and Gilberto Silva every day.

You can argue that he wasn't that good when he came back, but you can't argue that he doesn't know a thing or two about what players should and shouldn't do out of possession.

That's what the pointing is about, using his experience and knowledge to organise and ensure the players were switched on, because no other c*nt was doing it.

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
celine dion (IP Logged)
28 March, 2018 20:01
Anyone who doesn't rate what Flamini actually DID go and watch some of our away performances in 2008 particularly away at Villa or away at Liverpool in the CL quarter final.

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
Goofle (IP Logged)
29 March, 2018 17:57
He was certainly a necessary cog in that team, no doubt about it.

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
Lewis_198four (IP Logged)
30 March, 2018 13:50
We need to get that watford midfielder doucoure.



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Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
Goofle (IP Logged)
30 March, 2018 15:34
He's a good version of Diaby but I'm not sure he's exactly what we need. A player who's an upgrade on Xhaka would be ideal alongside Ramsey. Unless of course Ramsey is leaving then we need a Doucoure type as well.

 
Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
Lewis_198four (IP Logged)
30 March, 2018 22:11
Diaby was good it's a shame, I can't see Wilshere, Ramsey, Xhaka and El neny all staying, one of them at least will go. It would be good if Ramsey stayed I think he's a decent player and is capable of captaining Wales he's definitely good enough for arsenal at the moment or any other top 6 team. I don't know what granite xhaka is at the moment haha



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Re: Mathieu Flamini is the first billionaire footballer
Boston Gooner (IP Logged)
30 March, 2018 22:35
Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has gone on record to state he is not a multi-billionaire.

The Frenchman - now plying his trade at Spanish club side Getafe - was forced to make the statement following rumours surrounding his finances.

Off the pitch, Flamini is the co-owner of company GF Biochemicals, who are manufacturers of a substitute for oil.

Speaking to L'Equipe , Flamini said: "It is important to rectify things, contrary to what I read, I do not have €30billion in my bank account."



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