The Daily Mirror reports that former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has been forced to deny rumours that he has €30 billion in his bank account, insisting that the sum represents the total value of the market that the company he co-owns wants to attack in the coming years.
Back in 2008, he co-founded his company, GF Biochemicals, with business partner Pasquale Granata, which is the only enterprise to produce levulinic aid – used in the making of pharmaceuticals, plasticines and as a building block for a number of additives – directly from biomass, including things such as grass or woodchips.
Flamini is now considered an environmental entrepreneur, with a net worth more than the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, even if he insists the sums involved have been widely exaggerated.
The 34-year old, now plying his trade with Getafe in La Liga said “I did not get involved in this business to make money; my main motivation has always been to have a positive impact on the environment. I think this is an area where we all have a role to play.”