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Samuel Eto'o is going to be very rich

Is he almost twice as good as Lionel Messi? Because he's getting paid like it.

Cameroonian soccer star Samuel Eto'o is already rich.

But he's reportedly about to get a whole lot richer.

Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala has apparently agreed with Eto'o's current club, Inter Milan, on a transfer deal that would make the striker the highest-paid soccer player in the world.

The transfer fee is reportedly $38.9 million. Eto'o's salary for each of the three years of his contract would be an astonishing $28.8 million -- almost as much as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi combined, and about 10 times the MLS salary cap for a whole team.

Messi currently gets $15.1 million per season from Barcelona. He's 24, and the consensus No. 1 player in the world. Eto'o, meanwhile, is 30, toward the end of his prime.

New England Revolution star Shalrie Joseph will make $500,000 in 2011. The Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan is due to pull in $2.3 million as a designated player.

Of course, Anzhi owner Suleiman Kerimov can afford the expense. He's worth close to $8 billion.

 
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