Premier League - Mido to earn less than a plumber

Eurosport - Tue, 02 Feb 12:01:00 2010

Egypt striker Mido bucked a Premier League trend by accepting a massive pay cut to sign for West Ham.

2008-09 Premier League Mido, Wigan Athletic - 0

Top flight footballers are well known for commanding astronomical salaries and deals topping 100,000-a-week are not uncommon.

But Mido will now pocket a meagre 1,000-a-week - less than some plumbers earn - after penning a loan deal from Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

The "nominal" sum paved the way for what West Ham owner David Sullivan described prior to its completion as "one of the most amazing deals of all time."

"He doesn't want to be known as a 'has been' of English football, so he is willing to come here to play for a nominal fee, just 1,000-a-week," Sullivan said.

"Mido is a rich boy, even though he is still only 26, and he told us he doesn't need the money, but he wants to prove something in English football."

Mido, who has had previous spells in England with Tottenham and Wigan, said: "I am here to play football and to prove a point, definitely. I am very happy to be here.

"I had to sacrifice some things but this is a great club and I am sure I will do well here, hopefully."

West Ham also signed Benni McCarthy from Blackburn on transfer deadline day, although the South African came a little more expensive - he will earn 38,000-a-week.

Three jobs that pay more than Mido's:

Train driver (up to 70,000 pa)

Oil rigger (55,000 pa)

Junior site operations and maintenance manager at an offshore wind farm (circa 60,000 pa)

Or put another way, it will take Manchester United Wayne Rooney just four days to earn what Mido will in a year.

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