Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president, has become the latest signing of Sport Boys FC from Santa Cruz in the south of the country.
The top division side have signed him on a professional one year contract and are to pay him a salary of $213 per month (the current minimum wage). It is unclear what position he will play-in, but the football loving president is to wear the Number 10 shirt and the president of the club confirmed that he will play in several of the seasons games, “We’ll send him a list of matches and he’ll chose which he wants to play in- hopefully completing about 20 minutes of each match”.
Despite having a keen love of football and having already appeared in several celebrity and charity matches throughout South America, the move is of course in part a publicity stunt.
Morales, the leader of the popular MAS governing party ( Movement Towards Socialism), will be a crowd puller for the team that average 5,000 or so supporters per league game.
Opposition players will be on their guard following the recent announcement. Despite his apparent ability to negotiate a new solar project, a trans-pacific trade deal and raising of the national minimum wage, on the pitch experience suggests he is far less diplomatic: