The rags to riches story of Alexis Sanchez will be told in the film bearing his name that is due out shortly. Alexis, The Movie will chart Sanchez’s rise from the streets of Tocopilla in northern Chile to football stardom in Europe’s top leagues.
And, in his case, the riches really are quite extraordinary.
A year ago on Tuesday, Sanchez became the highest-earner in the Premier League when he left Arsenal for Manchester United, who chose to announce the signing with a 36-second video clip released on social media of him playing the piano in his new colours.
The terms of the deal were enough to make Manchester City leave the negotiating table after believing they were at the front of the queue to sign Sanchez.
As well as exchanging Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a player valued at £35million, for one who was just five months away from becoming a free agent, United agreed to pay Sanchez up to £25m-a-year. aduqq
In addition to the £6.75m signing-on fee, he was given a basic salary of £20.35m – the equivalent of £391,000-a-week.
His image rights and bonus package – which is said to include £75,000 for every match he starts and an extra £2m if he reaches a combined total each season of 40 goals and assists – take his potential earnings to £500,000-a-week.
And that’s before you factor in the £10m agent’s fee that finally convinced City to walk away. A year on, they may be rather glad they did.