It’s well known that footballers’ salaries have a tendency to be rather opaque, but the strength of Football Leaks is its ‘black and white’ approach to sharing the true figures.
There’s the annual wage paid to Didier Drogba at Shanghai Shenhua, Zlatan’s weekly pay packet at Manchester United, and the extraordinary amount paid to Paul Pogba’s agent to take the Frenchman back to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016.
There is a risk that the authors’ intense approach to revealing the scarcely credible sums could lose its capacity to surprise after a while, though tales of coded texts, encrypted hard drives and whistleblowers enable the story to rattle along and, at times, give it the feel of a Bourne film.
Football Leaks also reveals the human cost of third parties and agents pillaging clubs. A relevant and highly alarming read.
Football Leaks Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger (Guardian Faber, £12.99)