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From playing for Arsenal to eco-tycoon: the story of Mathieu Flamini and his 30 billion euro empire


The former soccer player, who also played for Milan and the French National Team, founded a company that develops a low-pollution product.

A person's life is almost always linked to their passions, but sometimes fate can influence.

Professional sport, and more precisely soccer, is usually a gold mine for those who practice it.

A footballer throughout his career (12 to 15 years) can earn much more money than any doctor, lawyer or any other profession in which one has to train academically.

However, there is a very curious case: that of

Mathieu Flamini (39)


Many people can relate the name of the soccer player to his steps for




or the

French National Team


But in this case we are not going to talk about his enviable football career, but about his skills as an

ecological businessman


Flamini, with his company, managed to make more money than any soccer star.

The net worth of the former French player is much larger than that of any entire club worldwide.

The most expensive soccer teams in the world are

Real Madrid


​​Bayern Munich


Manchester United



, Flamini could buy more than one if he wanted.

How did you get the fortune from him?

Mathieu Flamini played for English Arsenal for four seasons.

His successful life as a footballer

Mathieu Flamini was born on March 7, 1984 in





Since he was little, he always felt a passion for soccer, and at the age of 10 he started in the youth teams of

Olympique de Marseille


Due to his good performances and after spending a couple of seasons in the B team, he made his debut in the First Division when he was less than 20 years old.

Olympique is one of the most popular teams in France, Flamini played a year in the main team and a European giant set its eyes on him:


Arsenal .

He arrived there in 2004 and played for four seasons.

In the years he was in north London, the Frenchman managed to get a place in the starting eleven and was a fundamental piece in midfield.

In 2007, he made his debut for the French National Team.

A year later


acquired his token and he stayed there for 5 years and then returned to London.

and he finished his career at Getafe in Spain (2019).

During his sports career, Flamini won eight titles and had a turnover of almost 30 million euros from his time at various clubs.

Incredibly, the great economic difference was not made with his career as a footballer, but after it.

Mathieu Flamini ended his career at Getafe in Spain in 2019.

eco businessman

Mathieu Flamini always considered himself much more than a footballer and that is why in 2008

he founded the ecological company GF Biochemicals


It produces

levulinic acid

, a chemical that aims to replace petroleum in both the chemical industry and fuel sectors.

In addition,

it generates a much lower level of pollution than fossil fuel

and was even named as one of the 12 key molecules to generate a greener world.

As reported by

the BBC

, it all began when he met his partner, Pasquale Granata, a businessman with the same environmental concerns, who invited him to invest in a series of laboratories in the city of Caserta, about 40 kilometers from Naples, where this product was produced. chemical.

In a joint effort with the University of Pisa and the Polytechnic University of Milan, they managed to develop his invention.

Flamini with one of his partners at the facilities of his company GF Biochemicals.

This product

allows the manufacture of biodegradable and ecological plastics

, with the clear objective of ending pollution.

The player himself generated patents on more than 200 products created based on levulinic acid and even reached an agreement with a Middle Eastern company to market the product in those latitudes.

As reported by

Vanity Fair magazine


Mathieu Flamini's company has a value of 30 billion euros

, a figure that exceeds any other footballer's capital in the world.

one of the richest people

According to Forbes


, the assets of both

Lionel Messi


Cristiano Ronaldo

, generated based on money earned from salaries, advertising contracts and even their own investments, is close to one billion euros.

That is to say, 30 times less than what Flamini's company sells.

Flamini marking Messi in the duel of Arsenal vs.

Barcelona in the 2016 Champions League.

Although Flamini repeatedly maintained that at a professional level, soccer always had priority, he knew what his future was: “I spent wonderful years playing soccer in the national team and in the big clubs I was with, but I needed to dedicate myself to my great passion, ”explained the former player when asked by his million-dollar company, according to

the Daily Star


Nothing is by chance, since

Flamini enrolled in Law as an

Arsenal player.

That desire and strength were what led him to be what he is today, a successful businessman: "In football, as in life, one has to know how to play in different positions and adapt to everything," Mathieu Flamini told a newspaper. French, making a parallel with his business and sports life.

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