DIRTY MONEY

Soccer 360 - - La Liga -

Ac­cord­ing to a BBC re­porter as part of the ‘Football Leaks’, Barcelona re­ceived two cash pay­ments in re­la­tion to field­ing Messi, Suarez and Ney­mar dur­ing the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup. Barcelona would only re­ceive full pay­ments of $4 mil­lion and $9.75 mil­lion for their matches against Manch­ester United and Real Madrid if Messi, Ney­mar and Suarez all played at least one half each in both games. Not only were there stip­u­la­tions for re­ceiv­ing full pay­ments, but there were also pun­ish­ments for fail­ing to do so. If Messi did not play their pay would be cut $750,000. If Ney­mar and Suarez didn’t play the pay would be cut $600,000 and $450,000 re­spec­tively. If all three failed to play, the de­ducted fee would have been $2 mil­lion. The trio did fea­ture in both games, net­ting Barcelona close to $14 mil­lion in a week.

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