Dublin airline Ryanair's chief has said that he's feeling "much unloved and under-appreciated" and isn't happy about his €3.2 million pay packet.
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Michael O'Leary has compared his wage packet last year to those of Premier League footballers.
And the boss of Europe's biggest airline reckons he's not being paid nearly enough.
Speaking about Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed clampdown on UK executive salaries, he said: “I think company bosses are remarkably badly paid.
“If you can have Wayne Rooney getting £300,000 [€325,000] a week and Alexis Sanchez on £400,000 [€435,000], I am seriously underpaid.
“I don’t score as many goals but I employ a lot more people and I make a much bigger contribution to the UK economy.”
The PM’s watered- down plans include forcing firms to publish the gap between what their chief executive and average worker is paid, as well as listing companies where at least 20% of investors vote against boardroom wages.
Ryanair says its average UK employee earns €50,000 a year but cabin crew are on much less.
Mr O’Leary, who owns a near €815million stake in the Dublin-based airline, said the proposals were “inane bureaucratic nonsense”.
And speaking at the conference in London, he had a blunt message for any shareholders thinking of voting against his mega-salary: “If you don’t like it, sell your shares and f**k off. If you don’t want to own them, p**s off.”
Mr O’Leary, who revealed Ryanair may bid for stricken Alitalia, also repeated a grim warning that, without a British deal on Brexit all flights to and from the UK would be halted in March 2019.
He said: “People trying to book their holidays for summer 2019 here in the UK this time next year... the options will be driving to Scotland or getting a ferry to Ireland.”
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