Arsenal paid big money for Alexis Sanchez last summer, and the Chilean has repaid Arsene Wenger’s spending with 23 goals and nine assists in all competitions. Unsurprisingly for a man who’s played for some of the best clubs in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League, he’s accrued a healthy amount of cash.
Here’s what you need to know about his net worth, salary, other assets and spending habits:
1. Arsenal Paid Barcelona Over $50 Million for his Services
Arsene Wenger agreed to pay Barcelona $50 million to sign Alexis Sanchez last summer. The Chilean scored 47 goals from 141 starts for the Catalans, reaching double figures in each of his three seasons at Camp Nou.
It’s not the first time Sanchez has moved for big money: Barca paid Udinese in the region of $40 million to sign him back in 2011.
2. He Earns 60 Times Chile’s Average Annual Salary Every Single Week
When Sanchez signed for Arsenal last summer – turning down Liverpool’s advances to do so – he agreed to a $230,000 per week, 5-year contract. That means Sanchez earns more than 60 times his fellow countrymen’s average annual income in just seven days.
And it’s twice what he earned at Barcelona.
3. Nike pay Him to Wear Their Boots
Sanchez’s income doesn’t just come from Arsenal; he has a number of sponsorship deals which supplement his Gunners contract, including a boot deal with Nike.
When Sanchez was 12-years-old, he couldn’t afford his own boots and had to borrow a friend’s for a tournament in Chile. These days, Nike pays him handsomely to wear their Nike Mercurial Superfly kicks.
How times change.
4. He Crashed His $120,000 Audi R8
Like any self-respecting Premier League soccer player, Sanchez has a fleet of expensive super cars, including a $120,000 Audi R8.
We should say he “had” a $120,000 Audi R8, because Sanchez totaled it 18 months ago while playing for Barca.
5. He’s got Enough Money to get over Laia Grassi
Towards the end of last year it became apparent that Sanchez had split from his long-term girlfriend Laia Grassi, following rumors that he had cheated on the Spanish photographer and graphic desinger. Grassi duly removed every single featuring the Chilean forward from her Instagram account.
With an estimated net worth of $35 million, we’re confident Sanchez has enough money to get over it.