Zlatan Ibrahimovic collected an extra £1million bonus in a month – just for doing the job Manchester United paid him for.
Ibrahimovic joined Man United on a free transfer last season after agreeing a contract worth an astonishing £367,640-a-week BASIC.
But the Swede was also handed a huge incentive to score goals which saw him net up to £143,000 every time he found the net, on top of his £19m-a-year salary.
And over a 30-day period late last year Ibrahimovic collected a whopping £1million bonus after finding a rich vein of form in front of goal.
The Mail have reported how the 35-year-old’s contract included an sliding bonus scale where he would be paid different amounts for scoring up to 20 goals.
Zlatan then scored against West Ham in the EFL Cup three days later
Zlatan's goal bonus at United explained
First five goals – £47,000-a-goal (£236,000)
6-10 goals – £79,000-a-goal (£395,000)
11-15 goals – £111,000-a-goal (£555,000)
16-20 goals – £143,000-a-goal (£715,000)
21 and above – £1119,000-a-goal (£925,000)
Total goal bonus: £2.86m
The more he scored, the more his bonus increased – and Ibrahimovic cashed in to the tune of £1m thanks to hitting the target nine times in a month between November and December.
Ibrahimovic began his golden run of form with a goal in the 1-1 league draw against West Ham on November 27, and followed that up with an EFL Cup double against the Hammers three days later.
He then scored six goals in six games in December, including the Boxing Day win over Sunderland, to send his bonus count into overdrive.
Ibrahimovic’s goal-fest was only halted by the knee ligament injury in the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht which ended his season.
But by that time he had already hit 28 goals for United, and triggered goal bonus payments totalling £2.86m in all.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his ninth goal in a month against Sunderland on Boxing Day
What it's really like being a striker on a goal bonus
SunSport's Warren Haughton, who enjoyed a successful career as a striker at semi-professional level, playing for clubs including Woking in the Conference and Havant and Waterlooville, lifts the lid on the incentives of playing with a goal bonus.
My goal bonuses playing at Conference Level and below level were slightly less than Zlatan’s, but the principle remains the same.
The bonus could significantly boost my wages and I made no apologies for wanting to score goals to help my team win – and to boost my bank balance.
As soon as that ball hits the back of the net when you have a goal bonus in your deal, in your mind you’re thinking “Kerching, thanks very much”.
Strikers have that natural selfish streak and want to score every week, regardless of the result.
When a team-mate has the ball and there’s a chance for you to score, you want it, and if it doesn’t come your way, you have a face like thunder.
Ask goalkeepers the same question about their clean sheet bonus.