LaLiga slams ‘outrageous’ deal to make PSG the highest-paid footballer in the world


Spain’s top football league – LaLiga – has called the new contract that Paris Saint-Germain have handed striker Kylian Mbappe ‘scandalous’.

Referring to the French club’s recent losses – which LaLiga said amounted to more than €220m (£186m) last season – the Spanish league said the deal puts “the integrity sport in danger”.

Mbappe becomes the highest-paid player in world football, Sky Sports have reported.

He will be on a salary of around £1m-a-week after pocketing a signing fee of around £100m.

PSG have also made concessions on image rights, and Mbappe is set to receive bonuses for goals, Ballon d’Or honors and Champions League success.

The 23-year-old France international was expected to leave the Ligue 1 champions for Real Madrid at the end of the season when his current contract expired on June 30.

Real, who were prepared to pay €230m (£194m) to sign the forward before deadline day last summer, were prepared to give Mbappe a €110m signing fee. pounds and a salary of £20million a year after tax.

Their total investment is said to have been around £300m.

LaLiga said it “would file a complaint against PSG before UEFA, the French administrative and tax authorities and the authorities of the European Union to continue to defend the economic ecosystem of European football and its sustainability”.

He added: “This type of deal undermines the economic sustainability of European football, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs and sporting integrity at risk.

“It’s scandalous a club like PSG, which last season recorded losses of more than 220 million euros, after having accumulated losses of more than 700 million euros in previous seasons (while declaring income sponsorship at a dubious valuation) with a cost of sports personnel of around 650 million euros for this 2021-22 season, can face an agreement of these characteristics while the clubs that could accept the arrival of the player without seeing their payroll compromised, find themselves without being able to sign it.”

Mbappe said he was “delighted to continue playing in France, the country where I was born, where I grew up and where I made a name for myself”.

PSG CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi said: “Kylian’s commitment to PSG represents an incredible milestone in our club’s history and a wonderful moment for our fans around the world.”

Mbappe was featured on the pitch ahead of PSG’s Ligue 1 game at home to Metz – in which he scored a hat-trick.