Twitter user and YouTube personality @HughWizzy revealed the astonishing terms that were in Mario Balotelli’s contract back when he signed for Liverpool in 2014 — including an extra £500,000 every time he avoided controversy off and on the pitch.
Balotelli's contract at Liverpool, 2014/15:
£500k = Avoid trouble on & off pitch
£400k = Premier League top scorer
£150k = Bonus, every 5 games played
£85k = weekly wage
£5k = bonus, per goal pic.twitter.com/DXhcaZyhpk
— Arsène's Son (@hughwizzy) November 9, 2018
On top of a weekly wage of £85,000, Liverpool were obliged to pay Balotelli various bonuses based on the goals he scored, how he fared in the Premier League scoring charts and of course his behaviour while at the club.
While the ‘avoiding trouble clause’ seemingly worked to an extent and there were no major controversies surrounding Balotelli’s exploits while at the club, there was no need for the goal based clauses — scoring 4 goals in 28 appearances and only a solitary Premier League goal.
The Italian arrived to much fanfare when he arrived from AC Milan for £16m four years ago and fans were genuinely excited to see him line up at Anfield; there was no disputing his talent, even if it did come with excess baggage.
However, Balotelli didn’t even bring the talent with him when he came to Merseyside, with his dire displays seeing him shifted back on loan to the San Siro for a season, until he was let go for nothing the following year, where his fortunes have somewhat improved for Nice.
Balotelli was one of many poor signings by Brendan Rodgers that summer, with arguably only Dejan Lovren being the (semi) successful signing from the close to £120m spent by Rodgers that year.
It’s fair to say that Liverpool have made significant improvements in the transfer market under Jurgen Klopp and I highly doubt Klopp would be willing to sanction such contract demands from a prospective signing.