Kylian Mbappe's List Of Rejected Contract Demands Is Ludicrous
We join the rest of the world in thinking that Kylian Mbappé, the 19-year-old frenchman who's very quickly established himself as perhaps one of the greatest talents in the history of world football, is a bit of a breath of fresh air.
He seems relatively quiet and down to earth, particularly when compared with the likes of his PSG counterpart, Neymar, and from what we can tell, largely lacks the prima donna attitude that has come to define so many young footballing talents that have come before him (and will likely come after him).
Even so, even Mbappé isn't immune to delusions of grandeur every now and then — perhaps understandable considering he's presumably had people telling him he's a future Ballon D'Or winner since he was old enough to kick a football — as evidenced by some of the leaked demands that he tried to swing by his club when negotiating his most recent contract. A contract, by the way, that entitles him to a yearly salary of about $23 million.
According to German newspaper Der Spiegel (who, by the way, have been leaking potentially game-changing football gossip for the last week or so), who obtained details of the negotiations and Mbappé's current contract, Mbappé had a few interesting clauses he tried — and failed — to wiggle into the five-year deal he signed with them earlier this year. In addition to his salary and the $7.8 million signing bonus he received when he put pen to paper with the Parisian giants, the 19-year-old also asked for:
1. A $571,700 after-tax bonus should he win the Ballon d’Or (which would see him vault over Neymar as the club's highest-paid player)
2. 50 hours of private aircraft use per year (Mbappé was instead given a monthly subsidy of $46,000 to pay for his butler, driver and bodyguard).
3. Financial security should PSG be banned from the Champions League in violation of Financial Fair Play rules (something that, given Der Spiegel's most recent revelations, is a very real possibility).
4. Access for Mbappé’s father, Wlifrid, to PSG training sessions and the club's facility to conduct private training sessions with his son.
The leaked contract also confirmed rumours that Mbappé had actually agreed to join Spanish giants Real Madrid. However, his father vetoed the move in fear that Mbappé would have to compete with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for a spot in the team's starting line-up, thus limiting his game time.