Joel Matip overthrows Samuel Eto as Cameroon’s highest paid player after signing a 4.9 million euros (3 billion 203 million FCFA) deal with Liverpool FC earlier this month. During his stay with the Reds, Joel Matip (the younger brother of Marvin Matip) will receive an annual salary estimated at 7.2 million euros, which is a little over 4.5 billion FCFA. He becomes the highest paid Cameroonian footballer ahead of Samuel Eto’o (€ 4 million) and Stéphane Mbia (€ 3 million).
The former Shalke 04 defender admitted it was a difficult decision to switch clubs, but is set for the future. He fully understands that his coach relies on him. “I have the feeling that the club and the manager are ideal for me. This is a great coach, his club results speak for themselves. I am happy to work with him. He asked me to develop my qualities and work to play an important role this season, ” said the footballer who played 40 games last season for 3 goals.
The now former central defender of Schalke 04 was presented at Anfield (home of Liverpool) on 1 July 2016. And obviously, the Cameroonian international does not regret his choice. “Liverpool is a great team. And it’s not bad as I also know the coach (Jurgen Klopp, former coach of Borussia Dortmund Ed), “he blurted out in his first statements.
He’s very much respected at Schalke and should significantly boost Liverpool’s defensive line, especially with Mamadou Sakho’s imminent ban and the fact Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel are likely to leave. The defender prides himself on his aerial ability and his calmness on the ball – something Liverpool defenders lack.
As Joel Matip overthrows Samuel Eto as Cameroon’s highest paid player, one begins to speculate the impending team dynamics in the Lion’s Den. Granted, Smauel Eto might be in retirement, but his fanatics in and out of the team aren’t. Matip is not just a highly paid player in Cameroon but in Liverpool as well. Liverpool’s Bosman signing Joel Matip will become one of the club’s highest paid players, just behind Christian Benteke and James Milner.