Where Are They Now? Mathieu Flamini



After rejecting several contract renewal offers from at-that-time his current team English side Arsenal, former French football player Mathieu Flamini joined the Rossoneri in 2008 as a free agent, signing a lucrative €5m a year contract. Mad Dog, as known with the Rossoneri fans, was a tenacious defensive midfielder known for his merciless tackling and never say die mentality. His Serie A debut was a bitter one as Milan lost the opening match of the 2008/09 season against Bologna at the San Siro. He was not considered as a regular starter in the first 2 seasons, mainly due to the adaptation to a new domestic league, injuries and competing for the same spot as captain Ambrosini. However, in the 2010/11 campaign, he was considered as a vital squad member that led the Rossoneri to their 18th scudetto and later on the 6th Italian Super Cup. In 2012, Flamini’s contract came to an end, but after a few weeks, Galliani managed to persuade the Frenchman in signing a 1 year extension with a noteworthy deduction to his wages. The following season, he re-joined Arsenal on free transfer.


An interesting fact about Flamini is that after his retirement from the sport, he became the richest ex-football player. According to Forbes, Mathieu’s current net worth is that of $14 billion. Whilst at AC Milan, he met his now business partner Pasquale Granata, were they both decided in investing their wealth in a company focused on the production of Levulinic acid. This is considered as an alternative molecule to oil, nonetheless cheaper and cleaner than other fuels currently available. Flamini kept this business venture as somewhat secretive, away from the media and even his family. In a more recent interview, he said “I invested a lot of money. There was a big risk but in order to be successful it is also necessary to take risky decisions “. Needless to say, that, it was worth the risk!