CRISTIANO RONALDO charges a staggering £920,000 for HALF a day’s work – while Rafa Benitez earned £10million in one season despite being sacked.
These are just some of the extraordinary new figures on the huge amount of money behind leading football stars, with Gareth Bale and Anthony Martial also featuring.
German football book Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football has some huge revelations, including the murkiness surrounding Paul Pogba’s world record £89million move to Manchester United last summer.
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Having been serialised in the Mail, it has prompted Fifa to open an investigation into the move – and agent Mino Raiola’s massive £41m cut from the Pogba transfer last summer.
Now it’s the turn of these four footballing luminaries to have their financial matters exposed…
Even Real Madrid star Ronaldo, the world’s highest paid athlete, is available for a price if you wish to hire him for promotional work – £920,000 for just half a day’s work.
The book cites an example of a Saudi Arabian company paying Ronaldo’s Irish-based image rights company MIM that exorbitant sum in 2013.
What do you get for that? A photo-shoot, five signed shirts, two mentions on his Twitter or Instagram feed, and image rights for that day – but only in Africa and the Middle East.
But it shows how much extra money 32-year-old star Ronaldo can earn, on top of the £400,000-a-week he earns after tax at Real.
That is before you get into how the man worth £190m pays less tax from these sponsorship gigs, the book claiming there are companies in Panama, Switzerland, Bermuda, Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands helping out.
This season, the former Liverpool boss managed in the Championship, getting Newcastle back as champions at the first attempt.
Many thought it was noble for a former Champions League winning coach and previous manager at Real Madrid to stoop that low – but perhaps not when you realise how much he was paid for the 2015-16 season.
That campaign was miserable for Toon as they were relegated from the top flight, Benitez joining too late in the season to prevent the fall.
He started that year in charge at the Bernabeu, being sacked in January 2016 after just six months in charge – agreeing a whopping £8.5m severance package.
But it got better for the Spaniard without doing anything – as when Real won the Champions League at the end of last season under successor Zinedine Zidane, Benitez picked up a £500,000 bonus – despite being sacked by the La Liga club.
That totals £9m – and when you add in the £1m he received for those ultimately fruitless three months at Newcastle, his earning last season would have been a huge £10m, claims the book.
Another curve-ball the book threw up was the lengths Real Madrid went to protect their star man Ronaldo’s ego when Gareth Bale signed from Spurs in 2013.
The press lauded it as the world record £85m transfer – but a press release from the club said it was £77m, less than the £80m paid for Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.
But documents obtained show that by Real paying Tottenham in instalments rather than up front, it reached that higher £85m fee – so it was £5m more than they paid for Ronaldo.
It therefore would have been the world record transfer – before Paul Pogba’s aforementioned move to United last summer came along.
Since these extracts came to light, a lot has been made of the huge bonuses paid to Manchester United star Pogba in the form of an annual £3.4m loyalty sum from next year.
Another Raiola player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, already the best paid Premier League star on £367,640 a week, is also due £2.86m in goal bonuses.
And now team-mate Martial is another revealed to have a LOT more money owed to him through a series of clauses – despite the youngster struggling in his second season at the club under Jose Mourinho.
United paid Monaco £42m in 2015, but there are three clauses in the deal — one of which has been paid already with another probably next term — elevating the cost of the transfer to £67m.
He has an £8.4m clause for scoring 25 Premier League goals, which he completed in February, and another £8.4m for when he has won 25 caps for France – he is currently on 15.
And finally, if he is ever nominated for the FIFA Player of the Year award, United have to pay him another £8.4m – that is over £25m in extras, and a clear depiction of the money swirling around within the beautiful game.