DaMarcus Beasley, a soccer star for many years, currently plays professionally for the Mexican club Puebla.
Beasley says that he’s had a good time playing in Mexico, but collecting his salary has been hard.
“We haven’t gotten paid for December,” he told Sports Illustrated earlier this year. “We don’t know when that’s going to happen, don’t know if it’s going to happen.
“If it keeps going, we might have to sit down with the captains on the team and find out what’s going on,” Beasley says. “But right now it’s not a big concern. We’re just trying to play football.”
Beasley’s exact contract hasn’t been made public by the player or any media, but Puebla president Jesus Lopez Chargoy charged last year that Beasley’s agent was asking for too big of a raise.
“At the start, he was only asking for a 5 or 10 percent increase, and now [his agent] sent an e-mail changing the desired salary,” López Chargoy told Mexican radio station Exa 98.7 FM’s program La Alineación.
“I asked if it was a joke because the costs are not reasonable.”
Beasley later reportedly signed an extension for an undisclosed figure.
Whatever Beasley makes, he should be doing fine. According to The Richest, he’s worth $3.5 million.
Beasley is a celebrated U.S. men’s national soccer team player as well. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native has played 115 games for the USMNT, and notched seven goals.
He’s the first American to play in four World Cups after starting against Ghana, and he also started against Portugal on June 22.