'I joined Barcelona to be a millionaire'


Former Cameroon midfielder Alex Song admits he left Arsenal for the bench of Barcelona in order to become a millionaire.

Song developed into one of Arsenal's leading performers under Arsene Wenger over his six years at the club after the French manager roped him in from Bastia as a relatively unknown figure for £1-million.

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However, when the LaLiga giants came knocking in 2012, Song jumped at the opportunity for a dramatic pay-rise, despite being told he won't be a first-team regular at Camp Nou.

The Gunners reluctantly accepted the £15-million offer from the Blaugrana with the Douala-born midfielder leaving London after 215 appearances.

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"When FC Barcelona offered me a contract and I saw how much I would earn, I didn't think twice about it," Song said on Instagram Live in a chat with a professional basketball player.

"I thought my wife and children should have a comfortable life. I met the sporting director and he said I wouldn't play many games, but I didn't give a sh*t. I knew I was going to be a millionaire."

The 32-year-old earned 29 starts in LaLiga before returning to the Premier League with West Ham United on loan, spent two seasons in Russia with Rubin Kazan and a further two with FC Sion, where his contract was recently terminated