David Ginola made £17,587 per day during his ‘bid’ for FIFA presidency.
The former Tottenham midfielder was paid to £250,000 by a well-known bookmaker to stand regardless of whether or not he was successful. He lasted just 14 days.
Ginola withdrew his challenge to Sepp Blatter on Thursday evening after failing to receive nomination from five different national governing bodies, with his campaign team being forced to return all of the £230,000 raised in contributions by supporters.
The news came less than 24 hours after former Real Madrid star Luis Figo and Dutchman Michael van Praag revealed they’d joined Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in the race to succeed Blatter.
Despite the high profile candidates, 78-year-old Blatter – who has presided over football’s governing body for over 17 years – is still quoted as the strong favourite to win his fifth term, a term he previously vowed he’d never run for.