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SBD Global/March 21, 2014/Franchises

Paris St. Germain Owners Offer $1.38M Bonus To Each Player For Champions League Title

A €1M ($1.38M) bonus reportedly "awaits each player" on the Paris St. Germain team if it wins the Champions League, according to Josh Burrows of the LONDON TIMES. PSG’s Qatari owners, who bought the club in '11, "have made the offer of cash" before the draw is made Friday for the quarterfinals. PSG beat Bayer Leverkusen 6-1 on aggregate in the round of 16. Reports in L’Equipe suggest that "the proposed payments were negotiated" by Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a discussion with PSG President Nasser al-Khelaifi. It is unclear whether the bonus "would go to each member of the 25-man Champions League squad or whether appearance criteria would apply." The potential gift "is merely the latest effusive financial gesture" from a board of owners who have lavished more than €350M ($482M) on the club since taking charge. Should the Paris club win the Champions League, and even if the €1M windfall were paid to each player in the squad, the cost "would be more than covered by win bonuses paid by UEFA to the club" (LONDON TIMES, 3/20).
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