Anzhi – famous for mega-money Eto’o transfer – ‘set to lose professional status over huge debts’

FALLEN Russian giants FC Anzhi Makhachkala are close to "losing their professional status". the sun
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The club made headlines worldwide when they paid £23.7million to sign Samuel Eto’o from Inter Milan in August 2011.

The frenzy was less about the fee and more about the rumored £350,000-a-week wages he has been paid.

But now, according to Russian football expert Artur Petrosyan, they have “failed to be licensed for Russia’s second tier” and could “lose its professional status because of huge debts”.

His first big signing was Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos, who had just been released by Corinthians in his homeland at the age of 37.

 Anzhi shocked the footballing world when they decided to pay Samuel Eto'o £350,000-a-week
Anzhi shocked the footballing world when they decided to pay Samuel Eto’o £350,000-a-week credit: Getty Images – Getty
And according to Planet Football, the Anzhi owner bought him a £1m Bugatti Veyron on his 38th birthday.

In the next couple of seasons, other star signings included Yuri Zhirkov from Chelsea, Christopher Samba from Blackburn, Lacina Traoré, Willian and French midfielder Lassana Diarra – all on huge wages.

In the first three years of Kerimov’s reign, they finished fifth, third and then relegated in the 16th.

The owner was hit hard in the pocket when one of his investments hit the buffers and he lost £5.5BILLION.

That saw huge cost-cutting and resulted in relegation to the second tier.

They came back up at the first attempt, finished 13th the following campaign before Kerimov sold up in December 2016.

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