Mario Balotelli's Brescia Contract Contains Some Huge Bonus
Mario Balotelli took a significant pay-cut to return to hometown club Brescia but the 29-year old is able to quadruple his wages if he meets two performance-related objectives.
According to Corriere della Sera, Balotelli's basic wage is €1 million (£877,000) a year with the newly promoted club but the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Balotelli will receive a £2.6 million bonus should he score 15 league goals and help Brescia stay in Serie A.
Having missed the first four games of the season through suspension, Balotelli made his debut against champions at Juventus and then scored his first goal against Napoli just before the international break.
Balotelli on joining Brescia: "My mum cried when I told her I had the possibility to join Brescia. She was very happy. My [late] father was from Brescia, he supported the team and it was his dream to see me play with this jersey. I think he'd be happy too. Brescia is my town."- Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) August 19, 2019
Brescia currently lie in 16th after six fixtures but it's said that if the club suffer relegation in the next three seasons, Balotelli's contract is "dissolved".
This isn't the first time where Balotelli had a strange clause in his contract because at Liverpool, they were centered around his behaviour and conduct.
It's claimed that the Italian's deal at Liverpool included a £1 million bonus that he received for not getting sent off three or more times in a season.
As per the Daily Mail, details of the contract read:
"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, for using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures and/or for dissent then on the June 30 at the end of each season he shall receive a bonus payment of £1 million."
Balotelli's disciplinary record in the past hasn't been great but the incentive payment appeared to do the trick as he did not receive a single red card in his short stint at Liverpool; scoring four and receiving seven yellow cards during his time on Merseyside.