Considered one of the best Tanzanian footballers in the history of the game, Mbwana Samatta was freed from his contract with Turkish giants Fenerbahçe SK this summer and moved to PAOK as a free agent. Will he be able to save his annual income in Greece?
Tanzanian ace Mbwana Ally Samatta, aged 30, signed a two-year deal with PAOK as a free agent in July, with an option for an additional year included in the contract. He was on loan in Turkey from Belgian club KRC Genk, marking his third spell at Fenerbahçe during his entire career.
KRC Genk was also the first club in Europe that Samatta ever represented. The Belgians signed him in 2015 and reportedly paid him approximately $260,000 annually. His salary increased alongside his good performance, and in the 2018-19 season, he was paid almost $850,000 before his transfer to Aston Villa.
The Premier League side from Birmingham paid the Belgians around 12 million Euros as a transfer fee and increased the annual wage of the Tanzanian GOAT to almost $3 million gross. Samatta struggled to become a key player for Villa, and before the 2020-21 season, he moved to Fenerbahçe SK.
Up to now, including several loan transfers, his salary has been reported around $3 million. According to Transfermarkt, his estimated transfer value is approximately €2.5 million.
Since Samatta moved to Greece as a free agent and signed a two-year deal with an option for an extension, there is a high chance that he will earn the same level of money