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Volkswagen's former CEO Martin Winterkorn
Volkswagen's former CEO Martin Winterkorn

Despite officially resigning in September at the height of Volkswagen's emissions scandal, former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn is still on the company's payroll and could earn millions until his contract terminates at the end of 2016, an investigation by Germany's business daily Handelsblatt and TV network ZDF reveals.

Winterkorn, 68, who pulls in an annual salary of 1.6 million euros, could qualify for more than 10 million euros in bonuses on top of that, according to the report. Volkswagen saw "no reason not to continue paying" him, Handelsblatt reported, citing sources close to the VW supervisory board.

Winterkorn stepped down soon after the scandal broke in September. In 2014, he was the highest-paid German corporate executive when he pulled in 15 million euros.

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This is the Argentine author's fourth world cup abroad, but his first as the father of two young boys.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates the team's win against Australia at the World Cup in Qatar

Ignacio Pereyra

I love soccer. But that’s not the only reason why the World Cup fascinates me. There are so many stories that can be told through this spectacular, emotional, exaggerated sport event, which — like life and parenthood — is intense and full of contradictions.

This is the fourth World Cup that I’m watching away from my home country, Argentina. Every experience has been different but, at times, Qatar 2022 feels a lot like Japan-South Korea 2002, the first one I experienced from abroad, when I was 20 years old and living in Spain.

Now, two decades later, living in Greece as the father of two children, some of those memories are reemerging vividly.

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