The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be remembered as much for it’s on field action as for the off field news makers. Besides socialite Paris Hilton and the deafening Vuvuzela’s, another off field newsmaker was the fortune telling octopus, Paul. The octopus has achieved celebrity status after predicting correctly, Spain as the winner of this year’s World Cup. Like every celebrity, Paul is being seeked across the globe by both fans and foes alike. Amongst his many fans Paul can definitely count Russian bookmakers Liga Stavok (“Bet League in Russian). The Russian bookmakers have reportedly made an offer to buy Paul for a cool 100,000 Euros ($128,800)! This price is however negotiable and they are ready to raise the mark if required.
However, Paul who recently retired from the predictions game and resides in Sea Life Center in Oberhausen, Germany will not get to taste Russian water’s as the firm, Dederichs Reinecke and Parner, said it declined the offer and also stated that Paul will not be sold to anyone.
The Russian bookmakers are however awaiting an official response. They claim they want Paul to become the symbol/mascot for their business and also want to see whether he can indeed forecast the winners of football games. Lastly given his world famous status, the bookmakers wished to get him to Russia. In fact they have even made preparations for Paul to reside at Moscow City Aquarium if that were the condition by the sellers. He would be served only the best of food and would be expected to predict the result of the Russian domestic football tournament.
Public relations guru Max Clifford told CNN that Paul could become the world’s first multimillionaire octopus if his handlers choose to cash in on his global fame.