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Record $16.8 million Deal For Aaron Mooy, Aussie Football Star Who Lifted Team Into English Premier League

Look at Mooy.

16/06/2017 12:30 PM AEST | Updated 16/06/2017 12:31 PM AEST
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He's a great bloke, cross our hearts.

Ten million pounds. Or if you want to put it in Australian dollars, $16.8 million.

That's the price that newly promoted English Premier League club Huddersfield Town has just paid for Socceroo Aaron Mooy. Which is a record for any Aussie footballer.

HOW much? For Aaron WHO?

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Boy oh Mooy can he play.

If you missed our recent story, the super quick synopsis is that Mooy, 26, was contracted to EPL giant Manchester City. But they loaned him out to Huddersfield Town for much of the season just gone. Top clubs often do that with squad members who struggle to get a game.

Huddersfield played in The Championship, one level below the Premier League. But thanks largely to Mooy -- who was named player of the season -- they have been promoted to the Premier League for the first time.

Naturally, Huddersfield wanted to keep their man. So they've had to pay for him, big time.

BUT HE DOESN'T ACTUALLY POCKET THE MONEY

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Fans and fellow players love him.

In effect, the huge transfer fee is to buy out the rest of Mooy's three-year contract with Man City. How can Huddersfield afford this? Because by most estimates, their Premier League promotion guarantees them a 170 million pound (A$286m) financial windfall.

What Mooy himself will earn is unknown. But the average Premier League wage was recently calculated at 2.4 million pounds (A$4.4 million). That would put him alongside our top cricketers, but a rung or two below global stars like golfer Jason Day, who in 2016 earned a reported $31 million through endorsements and winnings.

The transfer fee is, however, the biggest ever paid for an Australian's services, eclipsing the $A10 million paid for retired striker Mark Viduka and present day defender Brad Smith.

MEANWHILE IN ONLY SLIGHTLY RELATED NEWS

You may recall that actor Patrick Stewart is Huddersfield's greatest (or certainly most famous) fan, having grown up nearby. He was ecstatic when his team earned promotion and we think he might be developing a bit of a thing for Aussie athletes.

We say this because after Aussie Daniel Ricciardo finished third at last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, and after Ricciardo drunk his customary "shoey" ( a shoe full of champagne -- ugh), Patrick Stewart followed suit.

We think we'd need $16.8 million worth of encouragement to convince us to drink from a sweaty F1 star's shoe, but there you have it.

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