Grealish signs record £10m-a-year Puma boot deal after Man City star leaves Nike

Jack Grealish has signed the most lucrative boot deal ever handed to a British player after quitting Nike for Puma.

The Manchester City superstar will pocket a whopping £10m-a-year over the next five years after joining forces with the German manufacturers, despite having worn Nike boots his entire career.

It's understood the American designers were unwilling to match Puma's extortionate contract offer, which is the fifth-most lucrative in all of football. Only Neymar (£23m-a-year/Puma), Lionel Messi (£18m/Adidas), Cristiano Ronaldo (£15m/Nike) and Kylian Mbappe (£14m/Nike) are making more money than Grealish with their choice of footwear.

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To put Grealish's new deal into context, Liverpool's Mo Salah is being paid just £2.5m-a-year to wear Adidas' boots, while Tottenham's Harry Kane gets around the same figure from Nike.

Explaining the reasons behind their new partnership, Puma's head of sports marketing, Johan Adamsson, said: "We want to make Jack one of the most important brand faces in football and culture.

"His position opens up opportunities to work with many of our fashion initiatives and to collaborate with him on his many personal causes."

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Grealish posted a couple of photos of himself in Puma gear on social media to celebrate the new deal, writing: "Here we go! Proud to join the Puma fam!"

The 27-year-old is no stranger to making deals with clothing companies. After all, he's the been the face of BoohooMAN since signing a six-figure deal with the retailer back in 2021.

Grealish's popularity has been soaring ever since his British transfer record £100m move to City from Aston Villa a couple of years ago, though his on-field form hasn't quite followed the same trajectory.

The 27-year-old made a tepid start to life at the Etihad last season, and although there have been signs of improvement in the past few months, nine goals in 72 games isn't the best return for an attacking midfielder in one of the strongest sides in Europe.

Here's hoping his new boots can help him bump up the numbers.


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