September 3rd, 2013
02:18 PM ET

The Number: A 132 million dollar man

The talk of the day on Twitter yesterday was about a world-record $132 million paycheck. That's right, a single paycheck, for this young man right here – Gareth Bale, a soccer player and the MVP of the British Premier League.

Real Madrid decided they needed him, and were prepared to spend a LOT of money to get him. He follows other famous players who defected to Madrid, like David Beckham.

And yes, Bloomberg news reports the $132 million is being paid in one single check. Insane, huh?

Now, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is worth $1.4 billion, according to Forbes. So he's got the cash. But in reality, he's actually quite destitute by the standards of soccer.

Which brings us to our number today: $10 billion.

According to Forbes, that is the minimum net worth required to get you in the top 10 richest soccer club owners. And Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch we've discussed whose massive yacht spent months docked here in New York City, just barely made the cut.

But 3 Americans did – George Soros, Paul Allen, and Philip Anschutz. Maybe that means we'll start seeing more record setting soccer player paychecks right here in the USA.

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