Following the publication of the book, Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football.
Sportsmail’s publication of extracts from the book, which came out on Thursday, has prompted a FIFA probe into Paul Pogba’s deal to Manchester United.
Mario Balotelli had a behavior bonus package when he joined Liverpool from AC Milan
Carlos Tevez earns a basic annual wage of £17.16m a year after tax with Shanghai Shenhua. But that bill could go higher with the multiple incentives in his contract.
Bastian Schwansteiger didn’t care sitting on the bench after frozen out by Jose Mourinho because he earned more by doing that.
When we talk about bonus payments it usually relates to winning trophies and appearance targets but Balotelli’s Liverpool deal included a £1million bonus clause for not getting sent off three times in a season.
It read: ‘If during each season of the term of this contract the player is not dismissed from the field of play on three or more occasions for violent conduct, spitting, for using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures and/or for dissent … then on the June 30 at the end of each season he shall receive a bonus payment of £1 million.’
Carlos Tevez reportedlly gets a basic annual wage of £17.16m a year after tax with Shanghai Shenhua the equivalent of £634,615-a-week gross.
But Tevez has the potential to add much more with bonuses that include: £788,000 if he starts 70 per cent of games; £1.56m if his side win the Asian Champions League; £788,000 if they are champions; £390,000 if they win the cup and £390,000 if he is top scorer.
However more surprsingly, Tevez is not the best-paid player in the world. That honours falls to fellow Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi at Hebei China Fortune on £798,000 a week.
Schweinsteiger seemed careless whether he played or not while always tweeting cheery pictures of himself and wishing United well when he had been frozen out by Jose Mourinho, his contract offers a clue.
Criticism of the manager invoked automatic fines of two weeks’ wages — and the German was on £7.55m a year. In total, Schweinsteiger played 2,101 minutes at United, earning a salary of £12.53m or £5,963 a minute.