“I quadrupled my salary” – The Frenchman on his mega contract with Chelsea, and the “pleasure” he had in spending it
With the salaries of footballers what they are these days, it is rare for players to talk about their income.
If they do, they do it after they retire, much like Franck Leboeuf, who spent five years at Chelsea after being bought out in Strasbourg between 1996 and 2001.
After his stint at Stamford Bridge, the former center-back went to Marseille for a few years, before trying more exotic places, like Al-Sadd SC in Qatar and Hollywood United in the United States before retiring.
Now an expert on French television and radio, Leboeuf was interviewed by Closer Magazine, where he was asked about the footballer’s salary today, which prompted him to recount how his life changed when he swapped Strasbourg for Chelsea in 1996.
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He said: “I quadrupled my salary, and the club paid my taxes. I was earning 130k € / month. It was already shameful compared to Michel Platini, who earned much less. With this money, I had fun. I built a large house with an indoor swimming pool in Aix-en-Provence.
“Some say my head got big, but for me it was just an investment. In France, it is shameful to earn money. I have no problem talking about money. When I went to play in Qatar, it was not for the sand dunes, but to fill my bank account ”.
Leboeuf has enjoyed a good career at Chelsea, making 192 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League club, scoring 22 goals and assisting another during his time at Stamford Bridge.
He has since played a few acting roles in various movies and TV shows, most notably playing the role of a doctor in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything.