Karim Benzema is set to earn an incredible amount in Saudi Arabia with his move from Real Madrid to Al Ittihad confirmed.
Benzema’s 14-year career in Spain is coming to an end, with the striker deciding to join former Los Blancos teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in the Middle East.
Benzema cited wanting to live in a Muslim country as his reason for moving, but the staggering contract he was offered must also have played a part.
The current Ballon d’Or holder’s new contract involves some incredible numbers and talkSPORT.com takes a closer look…
Benzema’s Al Ittihad contract
Benzema has reportedly signed a three-year contract with Al Ittihad which is expected to earn him almost £200million per season.
This can be broken down into some incredible stats, with the Frenchman likely to earn around £6 per second in Saudi Arabia.
Benzema’s earnings in Saudi Arabia
- €200,000,000 (£171,877,300) per year
- €16,666,666 (£14,323,107) per month
- €4,166,666 (£3,580,776) per week
- €595,238 (£511,539) per day
- €24,801 (£21,313) per hour
- €413 (£355) per minute
- €6.88 (£5.91) per second
Calculations were made on social media after the announcement, and it was determined that Benzema would collect over £350 per minute.
And that equates to over £20,000 an hour and over £500,000 a day!
His contract is extremely similar to that of Ronaldo, with both players becoming the faces of the Saudi Pro League.
They could also soon be joined by Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, who is also expected to sign for Al-Ittihad.
Speaking after his arrival, Benzema said: “I will never forget Real Madrid because it’s impossible.
“It’s hard to talk. There are so many emotions. I wanted to thank Real Madrid and my teammates. It’s been a good journey in my life.
“I had the chance to realize my childhood dream thanks to the president who, a long time ago, when I was only 21 years old, came to my house, with my parents.”
He continued: “I’ve had the chance to achieve incredible things in my career and achieve everything I can in Spain and in Europe.
“I now feel that the time has come for a new challenge and a new project.
“I look forward to joining my new teammates and, together with them, helping to take this amazing club and the game in Saudi Arabia to new levels.”