Mario Balotelli received £1m for not being sent off while at Liverpool, reports have claimed.
Controversial striker Mario Balotelli was paid a whopping £1million bonus for avoiding three red cards a season during his time at Liverpool, reports have claimed.
According to documents from the Football Leaks website, it is claimed that the controversial Italian was entitled to the windfall as Anfield chiefs were worried about his disciplinary record, the Liverpool Echo reports.Read also: Wilfried Ndidi now discussing personal terms with Leicester
His deal stated: “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.”
And as it turned out, Balotelli didn't receive a red card, not even once, even though he picked up seven yellow cards during the 2014/15 season.Read also: City v Celtic: Iheanacho must stop Jesus by impressing
The former Inter and AC Milan striker signed for Liverpool in a £16million deal in 2014, with his representative Mino Raiola inserting a series of clauses in his contract.
Balotelli was sent back to AC Milan on loan for the 2015/16 season and the Reds gave him a free transfer last summer when he joined Nice.
The obtained documents confirm that Balotelli earned a basic salary of £85,000 a week at Liverpool. He was also offered £50,000 per goal once he had scored more than five Premier League or Champions League goals in a season but that clause was never activated.