Beauden Barrett certainly has the world at his feet, at just 26, he is already considered one of the best, if not the best, players in world rugby at the moment.
Such standing in the world game is going to attract attention from the world’s wealthiest clubs and according to a report in the Sydney Daily Telegraph, a French club is lining up a move for the Hurricanes star which would make him the highest paid player in rugby union history.
The unnamed French club, according to reports, would be willing to give Barrett a whopping $3.4 million a year where he would earn over $10 million on a three-year contract.
Any potential move to Europe would not happen until the 2019 World Cup takes place where Steve Hansen’s All Blacks will be looking to win an unprecedented third World Cup in-a-row.
Barrett, unlike some other All Blacks who have made the move to Europe, is in his prime and is also first-choice which is why he could earn such an eye-watering sum. Dan Carter is currently the world’s highest paid player and he is in his final season with Racing 92 in the Top 14. Carter will prolong his career by another season when he makes the move to Japan later this year.
The esteem in which Barrett is held is ridiculously high, so much that new Crusaders assistant coach, Ronan O’Gara, said that Barrett could surpass Carter as the game’s greatest out-half.
“He fills grounds, he excites people. Everything that is good about rugby, is what Beauden Barrett does,” O’Gara said.
“He is an exceptional talent, he has probably nearly redefined No 10 play.
“I think Dan was obviously, and still is probably, the best No 10 in the world over all the decades. But Beauden Barrett is very exciting and potentially going to challenge him for that title.”