Football’s wildest contract demands: Neymar gets a fleet of cars and THREE Saunas, Gareth Bale flew in a private jet once used by the Queen and Paul Gascoigne’s sister’s sunbed!
- Neymar’s new contract with Al-Hilal reportedly has some very lucrative extras
- The Brazilian is set to receive a fleet of cars and a new house with three saunas
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Top-level professional footballers live a life of luxury.
The best of the best can land themselves contracts that can guarantee them not just a big payday, but all sorts of add-ons too.
One such player who has just this week agreed an extraordinarily lucrative new contract is Neymar, who signed a two-year deal with Al-Hilal that is worth a whopping £260million.
While that deal wont see him bank as much as Cristiano Ronaldo, who is on £175m-a-year with Al-Nassr, there are several added extras that have reportedly been included in the Brazilian’s contract that will make his deal even sweeter.
And according to The Sun, the 32-year-old has made some extraordinary demands that will require Al-Hilal to provide him with a fleet of luxury cars as well as several other additions.
Neymar (pictured) has joined Al-Hilal on a £78million transfer from Paris Saint-Germain
The Brazilian has reportedly signed a two-year contract that is worth £260million
The 31-year-old will leave Paris Saint-Germain after six years following his £198m move from Barcelona
Neymar, who left Paris Saint-Germain to join the Pro League side, has, according to the outlet, asked his new club to provide him with three luxury cars for himself and for his entourage to have four Mercedes G Wagons and a Mercedes van with a driver.
His luxury cars will include a Bentley Continental GP, an Aston Martin DBX and a Lamborghini Huracan no less, with the report also claiming that Neymar wants a driver available 24 hours a day to chauffeur himself and his friends around.
It adds: ‘Neymar asked for three saunas to be in his new house as well as five full-time workers, including a sous chef to help his personal chef from Brazil and two people to take care of the cleaning.’
It’s safe to say, Neymar may have landed one of the most lavish deals in football, if he is to receive all of those add-ons, on top of his mega salary.
But it’s not totally unheard of to hear of such inclusions into the contracts of some of the world’s best football players.
Here at Mail Sport, we’ve been doing some digging into some of the grandest and most lavish offers football clubs have made to attract some of the best talents in the game to join them.
Reports suggest that Al-Hilal have tried to sweeten the deal as much as possible for Neymar, giving him and his entourage a fleet of cars that includes a Lamborghini Huracan (pictured)
The former Barca and PSG star is also set to receive three Mercedes AMG G Wagons and has asked for three saunas
Gareth Bale and the Queen’s jet
Back in 2013, Gareth Bale’s world-record transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid set the world abuzz.
The Welshman moved to the LaLiga giants in a landmark deal worth £86m, that would also see him secure a contract of £256,000-a-week, equating to an annual salary of over £13m.
Interestingly, the 14-time Champions League winners actually tried to claim that his fee was £78m, in a bid to keep their star man Cristiano Ronaldo happy, who joined the club for £78m back in 2009.
But in 2020, Bale would make a sensational return to his former club on loan, with Daniel Levy pulling out all the stops to bring his former superstar back to London.
Tough negotiations took place between both clubs but a deal was thrashed out, and Daniel Levy was not going to let the five-time Champions League winner travel in anything less than style on his return to White Hart Lane.
According to The Sun, Levy arranged for Bale to travel from the Spanish capital back to London to complete the move in a 16-seater Embraer Legacy 600 jet that had been rented out by the Queen the month before.
As you might expect, this private jet was kitted out with all manner of luxuries fit for a Galactico!
Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami add-ons
Neymar’s departure from PSG comes a couple of months after his former team-mate Lionel Messi also left the Ligue 1 champions.
After two-years in Paris, the Argentina World cup winner decided it was time for pastures new, and while his former club, Barcelona, were chasing his signature, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner decided to head across the Atlantic to join David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF.
And it had to be a pretty favourable deal to coax the forward to Florida, with Messi receiving big offers from Saudi Arabian sides and Barcelona to try and lure him to sign with them.
In fact, the Catalan club’s contract offer was four times bigger than his previous deal at Barca.
But it was the MLS side that ultimately turned Messi’s head, with the club, according to ESPN, including several clauses into his new deal that included a commercial arrangement with Apple.
Those reports claim that the Argentina World Cup winner will receive a cut from Apple TV’s MLS streaming service.
With many people around the world tuning in to watch the former Barca superstar guide his side to the final of the Leagues Cup, there’s no doubting that he’ll receive a hefty cut from that deal.
Messi is also set to appear in a docu-series for Apple that will give unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to his new life in the USA.
There are also rumours that as a part of the deal, Messi has the option to become a part owner in Inter Miami.
Lionel Messi (pictured) signed for Inter Miami earlier this summer and has some interesting clauses included in his contract
Daniel Levy was so keen to get Gareth Bale (pictured) back to Tottenham from Real Madrid, he hired a private jet that was once used by the Queen to fly him back to London from Madrid
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Paul Gascoigne’s sister’s sunbed
Paul Gascoigne is one of football’s timeless characters. As amazing as he was on the pitch, his after-dinner stories will always provide a brilliant laugh and one of the best anecdotes from his career may have come from when he joined Tottenham in 1988.
At the time, the midfielder was one of the hottest prospects in England, with Irving Scholar and Terry Venables trying to lock him down on a lucrative deal at Spurs.
The transfer was ultimately completed for around £2.2m, but not without a few added extras that may have swayed Gazza somewhat in his decision to pick White Hart Lane over Old Trafford.
Mail Sport understands that the 56-year-old was bought a house for his dad by Spurs but also asked for a car to be put in the garage for him too.
With Gascoigne being on the verge of joining the club, he put a final request in, this time asking the club to buy a sun bed for his sister Anna-Marie, in order to get the deal over the line.
It seems it worked, with Gazza going on to score 21 goals in 96 appearances for Tottenham.
Samuel Eto’o and his chauffeur
Back in 2011, former Barcelona, Chelsea and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o joined Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala from Inter Milan.
Eto’o, being one of the most prolific strikers in the world at the time, was a huge coup for the Russian side.
But there was a catch; he didn’t want to live in Dagestan where the team are based.
To overcome the sticking point, he told the club that he would need a private jet to fly him 1,900km from Moscow to training.
And they accepted his demand, with Eto’o going on to score 36 goals in 73 games for the club.
Samuel Eto’o (pictured) had a Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala fly him in for training every day
Mauro Icardi’s (pictured) agent and wife made six demands when he joined Galatasaray demanding that he be given a 24-hour chauffeur
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Mauro Icardi’s agent’s six demands
Galatasaray signed Mauro Icardi earlier this summer following a season-long loan from PSG.
The 30-year-old, who is a graduate from Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, joined the Turkish Super Lig side on a three year deal but notably had several demands included in the arrangement.
In fact, many of those were made by his wife and agent Wanda Nara.
Similar to Neymar, Icardi’s agent asked for a 24-hour chauffeur, a personal chef and a house with private security for the former Inter Milan superstar.
The club were also required to put Nara in a hotel until December of this year and arrange for her kids to be sent to schools nearby.
With Icardi scoring 22 times in 24 appearances in the club’s domestic league during his first season in Istanbul, they were willing to pull out all the stops to make the prolific frontman a permanent member of their squad.
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