Dan Carter offered R44m deal

2011-04-19 11:55

London - Dan Carter, widely acknowledged as the best rugby player in the world, is on the brink of becoming the highest paid as well, reports The Daily Mail.

All Black Carter, 29, has been offered a near-£4 million, three-year deal by Jacky Lorenzetti, the millionaire owner of Paris club Racing Metro.

And that looks to be enough to tempt the stand-off away from his native New Zealand after this year's Rugby World Cup there.

Lorenzetti, who made his fortune in property deals, believes Carter is the man who can catapult Racing Metro back to their former status as the best club in France.

They last won the title in 1990, but Lorenzetti also has ambitions to make them the best side in Europe, having already signed Springbok star Frans Steyn, France locks Sebastien Chabal and Lionel Nallet, Argentina's Juan Martin Hernandez and the Six Nations Player of the Year, Italian back Andrea Masi.

Chabal and, before him, Australian back Matt Giteau were thought to be the world's best-paid players on £1 million and £900 000 a year respectively, but their earnings will be eclipsed by Carter's deal with Racing Metro.


  • PMG - 2011-04-19 12:04

    He deserves it,a great flyhalf - not like that bonehead Steyn who only knows one game plan - moer and soek.The next best thing will be Sony Bill Williams.I cant wait for Div's interview when they slaughter us in the semi's "well,you know,I dont really know what happened - I am just an ANC appointed cadre,its not my fault"

      Not2Seriaaas - 2011-04-19 12:15

      Wow...with supporters like these who needs enemies?! Sheessh....go swollow some positive pills will you?

      mummford - 2011-04-19 12:17

      If football players can be paid these ridiculous amounts why cant Rugby players.

      brok3news - 2011-04-19 12:20

      Grow up

      RJ - 2011-04-19 12:26

      Dont speak to soon, it might be the other way around,

      gooinat - 2011-04-19 12:33

      @Mummford,you gonna see Alwyn will want to come out of retirement and return to the Pumas rugby for the cash that is now injected into rugby,afterall he played 8th man(if I remember correctly) for them in 1992 and scored two tries in the final and was carried off the field on Brannas's shoulders as there national hero,he was then offered the post of Post Office manager.

      Gareth - 2011-04-19 12:36

      tsk tsk....

      Paul - 2011-04-19 12:38

      Actually football players get far more, even fat Benny was getting double this amount, someone like Rooney gets about 8 times this amount. Hard to take but I guess its all about supply and demand !

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-19 13:09

      @Gooinat - Alwyn will play for R50-00 and a Big Mac.

      Oukoos - 2011-04-19 13:52

      @GOOINAT, ALWYN sal verniet speel as hy met Wynand kan speel.

      gooinat - 2011-04-19 14:43

      @Saffa and Koos,sis you guys are mean to poor Alwyn,no wonder the boy has gone AWOL:)

      CITIZEN - 2011-04-19 20:35


      SuperCooper - 2011-04-20 11:30

      @mummford its because football is played all over the world boet... theres billions involved in football you cant possibly compare the two

  • silverflash - 2011-04-19 12:33

    @ pmg all blacks will choke as usual in the world cup .With Carter and Sonny Bill .

      Howzitekse - 2011-04-19 17:57

      Badmouthing Carter and SBW proves that you know nothing. Do you even watch rugby?

  • quinna - 2011-04-19 12:47

    Next in line will be Quade Cooper. Believe he is even better than Carter.

      iceman1982 - 2011-04-19 13:40

      Better than Carter.....what a joke. Carter is the complete flyhalf, he can run,kick and tackle Cooper is good with tricks, like Spencer was.But only on certain days. His goal and tactical kicking aint near Carter and nor is his defence. Carter = Best No10 the World has ever seen

      FactFile - 2011-04-20 09:25

      Cooper wil be the Matt Rogers of our era at best - No Carter!! Carter is and was a few years back already the best footballer!

      SuperCooper - 2011-04-20 11:33

      @iceman and factfile... cooper will be greater than carter, maybe not yet but in the future he will. he is anyway on better form than carter right now. varter still a great flyhalf though, no doubt about that !

  • Cire - 2011-04-19 12:47

    Dan is a truly great player and a huge pleasure to watch. He deserves whatever he gets paid!

  • Marx - 2011-04-19 12:48

    Just one question.........How much will actually be enough?????.............I'll never agree on the ridiculous amounts of money dished up to some Sport Stars the world over, and then one day, you suddenly hear they're bankrupt......remember Borg, Tyson etc etc.

      omgwtfnews - 2011-04-19 12:57

      Tyson is far from bankrupt.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-19 13:07

      @Marx - In terms of rugby: thats why Australia have capped the salaries of their contracted players. They will be taking 30% pay cuts I think - yet they have still managed to re-sign "key" Wallaby players. I think we will be seeing more of this from the Southern Hemisphere rugby nations. The fact is - even the Northern Hemisphere clubs will at some stage be curbed from spending these amounts (I think the rumblings are already in full swing in Europe to be honest)

      Marx - 2011-04-19 14:09

      Don't know where you were, Tyson may have something now, but there was a time that he had nada.

  • OB1 - 2011-04-19 13:04

    I think Quade Cooper might pip him from that No. 1 spot if his current form is anything to go by.

      Not2Seriaaas - 2011-04-19 13:41

      I tend to agree with you, but yoh! that boy Carter can kick! If Cooper can slot them through as consitantly as Carter can, yes, then maybe he gan pip him at No1 or be a very close 2nd.

      Julz - 2011-04-19 15:17

      If Cooper could tackle he could be, but he can't. There is no other flyhalf in Carter's league, he is the complete flyhalf!

  • Raka13 - 2011-04-19 13:08

    If I had the talent, I would play in the desert with a wetsuit on for this type of money. Maybe if our stadiums were packed weekend after weekend like the European stadiums, our guys would also earn more money in SA?

  • Guz - 2011-04-19 13:50

    As soon as both Carter and Cooper's foul play tactics are blown up they won't even feature on any list...if you don't believe me, just watch a game in which they play. Cooper gets away with murder in my opnion.

      FactFile - 2011-04-20 09:18

      Cooper yes (I saw how the Reds play - that's the reason Stormers lost), but Carter.. you're stretching that one way too much dude!!!! Carter is pure class and talent and plays very "clean" rugby son...

  • Josh Brown - 2011-04-19 13:53

    Hey boyz wots -£4 million worth in RAND???

      GHT - 2011-04-19 14:49

      Probably around R44 000 000. Why?

      Mfezi - 2011-04-19 14:50

      it's in the title of the article dude

      watalife - 2011-04-19 15:06

      Sjoe, did you ever attend school?

      gooinat - 2011-04-19 15:09

      Guys,forgive Josh,he's an Ozzie!!!!!

  • Effel - 2011-04-19 15:09

    He's excellent, no Morne Steyn but probably the 2nd best in the world. Enjoy the cash!

      Manoli - 2011-04-19 16:27


      Linzam - 2011-04-20 03:12

      Are you serious? Morne Steyn No 1 ahead of Carter? Steyn is one dimensional, great kicker, but when has he ever threatened the line or set a backline alight with running and passing. He's also not the greatest defender. When Steyn has done all that consistently at international level then he might step onto the platform Carter is on. Quade Cooper isn't there yet either. He needs to stay in the line to tackle and get the flakiness out of his game before he'll step up. He also needs to show some consistency at test level to even be compared with Carter.

      FactFile - 2011-04-20 09:23

      FL - u joking right?? If not then dude go see a psychiatrist or exorcist or something! Linzam I don't think Quade will step up to be a Larkham - at best he'll be the wonder Matt Rogers was and Carter is in a different league than them imo...

      Linzam - 2011-04-21 03:19

      I think Cooper is already past Mat Rogers, but currently he lacks the steadiness to control high pressure tests. Great on attack when the team is going forward but can he steady his team to win an arm wrestle when they have their backs to the line. Evidence last year against the All Blacks showed - not yet. He may get there but I suspect he'll go play league so we'll never know.

  • Josh Brown - 2011-04-19 15:09

    That`s a lot of COIN!!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-04-19 15:24

    4000000.0 GBP = 44505688.7956 ZAR 4000000.0 British Pound = 44505688.7956 South African Rand Tjing time!

  • Marius Swart - 2011-04-19 16:38

    As SA so speler gehad het sou ons elke aand op ons knee gegaan het om dankie te se vir so talent.Ons SA ondersteuners het ongelukkig die manier om so talent tot bo te kry en dan stuk vir stuk af te breek.DC beste speler van ons tyd,net jammer hy speel vir NZ.Elke sent werd wat hulle hom gaan betaal.

  • Greg - 2011-04-19 18:22

    Premiership football players make an average of 3m pounds per year, with the top players making up to 10m pounds. This is nowhere near remarkable.

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