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Matthew Glazier
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30 March 2023

How Much Bonus Do Premier League Players Get?

When working out how much professional footballers earn at the top of the game. You have to take a few things into consideration. Each player is paid a basic wage according to the terms of their contract. And that is guaranteed take-home pay after tax and national insurance. There is also money that might comes from sponsorship deals with leading sports brands such as Nike and Adidas.

However, there is also the small matter of Premier League bonuses. Every club in the top flight has a bonus payment structure which means that players are rewarded on a performance-related metric. For example, there might be individual bonuses if a player scores a goal or a goalkeeper has a clean sheet for a particular match.

There are also team-related bonuses. So that a player who has helped their team to a victory will get a win bonus in their monthly pay packet. In this article, we take a deeper look at Premier League player bonuses and provide some insight into how much some of these bonuses happen to be.

Player Bonus Information is Often Kept Top Secret

While the salary of Premier League football players is fairly common knowledge and publicly displayed online. Less is known about the bonuses that are awarded to Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal players every season. We know that these bonus payments exist and sometimes a footballer will jokingly refer to his win or goal bonus after a match.

For example, it was reported after the 2021/22 Champions League final. That a victorious Chelsea squad of players would be sharing £10 million between them for beating Manchester City and lifting the European Cup. The money was structured so that the first-team personnel received the lion’s share and smaller amounts were given to squad players.

There have also been a number of other leaks to give us an idea of some extortionate player bonuses. With Manchester United are never too far away in this regard. A news story broke a few years ago when the Red Devils signed Alexis Sanchez and the Chilean’s arrival at Old Trafford caused a lot of resentment amongst his team-mates.

Alexis Sanchez Commands a King’s Ransom at Manchester United

At the age of 33, Alexis Sanchez’s playing career is nearing an end. Although it’s fair to say that the forward is going to retire with a substantial wealth. Having enjoyed spells with Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United and Inter Milan, the Chilean has been able to command massive wages. And he’s also had plenty of bonuses written into his contract.

Although Sanchez was highly effective at Arsenal where he operated between 2014-18 (the player scored 60 goals in 122 appearances). Things ended badly and the player effectively went on strike. Running down his contract and leaving Manchester City and Manchester United to enter a bidding war to capture his signature.

It was the Red Devils who were successful and many were surprised that United had beaten their rivals to his capture. Although the details of his contract were then leaked and all became clear. Sanchez arrived at Old Trafford in the January transfer window in 2018 and he was immediately handed a £20 million annual salary.

Leaks from leading German tabloid Der Spiegel also revealed that the South American would earn £750,000. This was awarded every time he made an appearance on the pitch in a Manchester United shirt. While there would also be a bonus pot of £2 million if the Chilean was able to have a combined goals and assists total of forty during the course of a season.

Aubameyang Earns Millions in Bonuses Playing for Arsenal

While Arsenal were no doubt glad to see the back of Alexis Sanchez. It was a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire for the North London club. It wasn’t long before they searched out a replacement for the forward and this came in the form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Just before the January transfer window closed, the Gunners swooped to capture the Gabon forward from Borussia Dortmund. Paying the German Bundesliga club £56 million for his signature on 31 January 2018. This was a highly popular move in the eyes of supporters who have since developed a different view of the player.

Indeed, Arsenal have been able to move on the striker to Barcelona. After a rift developed between Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta. Although the player certainly made his money at the North London club and some of the bonus demands that the player and his agent made were pretty eye-watering.

Other Aubameyang Bonuses

Aubameyang was originally handed a contract where the player’s salary was around £200,000 per week. Making him the highest-paid player at Arsenal Football Club. Incredibly, it is also alleged that the former Dortmund striker was also sent a signing-on fee of around £18 million which secured his wealth for a lifetime.

Crazy as it now sounds, Aubameyang also commanded something called a “loyalty bonus” at Arsenal FC. Which meant that there was £15 million which was to be paid in four instalments for remaining at the club for the length of the deal. With the Gunners also agreeing to pay the prolific striker a sum of £50,000 when he started a match which the team subsequently went on to win.

Van Dijk and Salah Cash In Their Liverpool Bonuses

At the time of writing, Mohamed Salah is in contract talks with Liverpool Football Club regarding a new deal. And it will be interested to see if the Egyptian is able to agree terms with the Merseyside club. Manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his plain desire to keep the forward at Anfield. Although it’s clear that Salah and his representatives are angling for a massive deal.

It is almost certain that Salah’s demands include a bonus for various achievements. With the forward fully aware of his worth to the team and he has already clocked up a lot of goals bonuses. Mainly due to the fact that he has been very prolific for Liverpool since making a move to Roma in the summer of 2018. Other Premier League salary statistics are availble to read online via Statista if you would like to learn more.

Other Salah Bonuses Revealed

Indeed, Salah allegedly landed a bonus of £2.5 million from Liverpool FC. After his first season thanks to breaking the thirty-goal barrier and also creating a lot of assists for his team-mates. It is likely that even larger amounts have been given to the forward considering he has subsequently help the Merseyside outfit win a Champions League and Premier League title.

Similarly, Virgil van Dijk has been able to become a very rich man since completing a move from Southampton to Liverpool. The Dutchman has had a transformative effect on a defence which was nothing like as watertight before his arrival. And he must see the dollar signs every time he walks off the pitch having helped the Reds achieve another clean sheet.

After making a move to Liverpool in the January of 2018 for the princely sum of £75 million. There were several details written into the contract of the central defender regarding bonuses. According to the various leaks, it appears that Van Dijk was able to command a clean sheet bonus of £250,000. Should Liverpool have kept fifteen shut-outs during a season. Stay up to date with the latest trends with the Official Football betting news pages.

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Firmino and Ibrahimovic Premier League Goal Bonuses Revealed

Roberto Firmino has been on the Liverpool books since 2015. With the Brazilian having made 227 appearances for the Merseyside club and he has scored 71 goals. Although the 30-year-old is regarded as a largely selfless player for the Reds. It doesn’t stop him from getting rewarded when he does find the net and that certainly gives him an appetite in front of goal.

The Daily Mirror have previously reported that Firmino has earned £25,000 for each goal he scores for the Anfield club. While he commands £45,000 per goal once he has reached a total of five and continues to score. For every goal scored between 11 and 15, there is the chance to earn £65,000, while £85,000 per goal is thrown in after that. Why not take a look at the football betting site resources for some alternative reading.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Bonuses

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was also able to earn a substantial pay day at Manchester United during his time at the English club. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Red Devils are not only regarded as a hugely historic club. They are also known as a potential cash cow by world-class players who want to enjoy a short spell and make some serious money.

American network NBC were among the outlets that reported that Zlatan was able to command a goal bonus every time that he scored for Manchester United. And the amount for each goal depended on his running total. For the first five goals of a particular season, the Swedish international was able to make $60,000 per goal. That was a nice little sweetener on top of his basic pay.

However, there was also the chance to slam home $102,100 per goal. When it came to the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth goal that the forward scored for United. While the mega money came for goals sixteen through to twenty where it is alleged that the forward could secure $185,000 every time he found the back of the net.

Matthew Glazier

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Matthew Glazier is one of the biggest names in the sports betting industry, with this leading writer having twenty years experience which includes working for bet365, William Hill and betfair.

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