Mathieu Flamini has hinted that he could try and buy Arsenal in the future.
In 2010, the former club star launched start-up GFBiochemicals as a side-project to his football career.
Some 13 years on, Flamini has kept a 60 per cent stake in the business – while landing the CEO job. The Paris-based company’s aim was to find a green alternative to petrochemicals, which can be found in plastics, rubber and even shower gel.
According to Forbes, the former Arsenal star – who was a Champions League runner-up with the Premier League club – now has a net worth of £10 billion ($12.5 billion). This worth would be enough to buy a significant percentage of a major football club, and he has been asked about the prospect of buying one of his former clubs.
He told The Athletic: “Obviously, those clubs [Arsenal and Marseille] have a special place in my heart.
“I never forget where I come from. In life, you never know but it’s all about the right opportunity. I’m a real believer in the right time, right place, right people.
“We’ll see what the future is made of. I’m a believer. If you want something very much, the universe usually brings it to you. Let’s see what the universe will bring.”
Flamini spent seven years at Arsenal across two different spells with the club. He made 168 Premier League appearances for Arsenal and won three FA Cups.