Chelsea star's pledge trumped by owner who offers four times the amount

Samuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto'o's financial pledge to former Anzhi teammates does not look so impressive all of a sudden.

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o may have seemed like Mr Generous by promising former teammates at Anzhi a total of €200,000 if they avoid relegation, but not any more.

Eto'o was sold by the club in late August along with a host of highly paid stars, and since then the club have spiralled into the relegation zone, winning just once in the Russian Premier League in 21 attempts.

His offer is more than most individuals could give away, but it's less than the Cameroonian striker used to earn in a single week at the club.

With 28 players at Anzhi in the squad, it would work out at roughly €7,000 each, probably not enough to convince a bunch of players who are in all honesty probably at the club for the money anyway, to step it up.

That seems to be the thinking of owner Suleiman Kerimov, who has copied Eto'o's idea, simply on a far grander scale.

Russian newspaper Izvestia report that Kerimov has pledged each player €280,000 as an incentive to avoid relegation.

It's four times the the offer of from Eto'o, but it all adds up. You could argue these players shouldn't need the extra motivation to survive, but there is no underestimating the extra effect a promise of money can have.

It may be working already. Anzhi played yesterday away to third placed Spartak Moscow, and went 2-0 down after just 23 minutes. Yet they were able to fight back, netting a 90th minute equaliser to earn what could yet turn out to be a crucial point.

They still sit dead last in the position, six points off guaranteed safety, but perhaps the club are not down and out just yet.

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