Contract details in modern football is mystique. Sometimes it takes the most crystal-clear crystal ball to figure out the exact amount paid to sign a player or how much he earns as weekly wages or annual income.
This latest revelation by Sports Mail on the contact details of two of biggest Manchester United stars Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is mind-boggling and remains nebulous, regardless.
When United signed Pogba for £89m last summer from Juventus, it was revealed the French midfielder will be earning around £300,000 per week at Old Trafford but latest figures have shown he earns less than two of Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez combined.
Pogba earns a basic wage of £8.61m, equating to £165,588 a week, and will receive an annual loyalty bonus in excess of £3.4m from next year.
Ibrahimovic is the best-paid player in the Premier League on £367,640 a week, totalling just over £19million a year. He is also due £2.86m in goal bonuses.
Pogba cost United a world record fee, but the 23-year-old’s £165,000-a-week basic salary may seem modest in comparison to those of some of the world’s top players but there are substantial incentives built into an exhaustive 41-page contract, particularly if United qualify for the Champions League.
It was all revealed this week in Germany by Football Leaks, the Dirty Business of Football, based on the research of Der Spiegel journalists Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger where the astronomical figures paid Pogba, Zlatan and their billionaire agent Mino Raiola was laid bare.
United meanwhile, are set to finish outside the Premier League’s top four despite capturing two of the biggest names in football on jaw-dropping contracts, negotiated by agent Raiola who cashed in a whopping £41m from the deal.