May 1, 2009

Robbie Fowler: a very rich man in a small pond

Townsville Fury's new recruit, Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, could probably buy the whloe A-League if he wanted to, having just made the Sunday Times' 2009 UK rich list.

Of the four elite football codes in Australia, the A-League’s franchise ownership structure boasts some of Australia’s richest men; but there’s a player who could buy and sell a few of the owners struggling to hang on at other clubs, having just made the Sunday Times 2009 UK rich list.

The annual list is not restricted to British citizens but those who either live or predominantly work there; with the claim entrants are assessed on the value of their assets. But whether this explains why Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo now surely the world’s most valuable player doesn’t crack the list because he’s either still busy building his pile to qualify or spending too much of it; new A-League talisman Robbie Fowler has been ranked fifth wealthiest in the newspaper’s player sweepstakes.

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