Contract Leak: Former Liverpool Striker’s staggering bonus clause revealed


Former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was entitled to a bonus payment of £1 million from Liverpool if he was not found guilty of spitting at an opponent or using offensive, abusive language three times in each season for violent of conduct.

Football Leaks, in a collaboration with the Sunday Times, has released the outcomes of an extensive research that, amongst other things, Mario Balotelli’s 2014 Liverpool FC contract had a ‘good behaviour’ clause in it.

The report states: “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 at an opponent or any other person, for using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures and/or for dissent by word or action . . . then on the 30th June at the end of each season, he shall receive a bonus payment of £1m.”

Balotelli received five yellow cards in the league and seven in all competitions in his times at Liverpool but was not sent off once during his first campaign at Liverpool. later he spent the second season on loan to AC Milan having fallen short of performance. The report also claims that Balotelli earned a basic salary of £85,000 a week at Liverpool and was in line to earn £50,000-a-goal once he exceeds the total of five in the Premier League or Champions League each season. However, in his first season, he only managed only three goals, two in European competition and one in the league in total 28 League appearances.

Balotelli, 26, arrived at Anfield in a £16m move from AC Milan in 2014 with a reputation of bad character from his time at Manchester City. However, he didn’t last very long at Liverpool once Jurgen Klopp succeeded Rodgers last season and the Italian is now in the French Ligue 1 with League leaders Nice where he moved to on a free transfer last Summer.