The Daily Mirror reports that former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has been forced to deny rumours that he has €30 billion in his bank account, insisting that the sum represents the total value of the market that the company he co-owns wants to attack in the coming years.
Back in 2008, he co-founded his company, GF Biochemicals, with business partner Pasquale Granata, which is the only enterprise to produce levulinic aid – used in the making of pharmaceuticals, plasticines and as a building block for a number of additives – directly from biomass, including things such as grass or woodchips.
Flamini is now considered an environmental entrepreneur, with a net worth more than the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, even if he insists the sums involved have been widely exaggerated.
The 34-year old, now plying his trade with Getafe in La Liga said “I did not get involved in this business to make money; my main motivation has always been to have a positive impact on the environment. I think this is an area where we all have a role to play.”
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.