Nobody in their right minds would shake a stick at earning £68,085 every week, but Liverpool’s Brazilian Roberto Firmino has the capacity to dwarf this sum if he’s performing on the pitch…
It’s been revealed today by Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football, that our no.11 has an incredible goal bonus that increases throughout the season.
His first five goals every season earn him £25,ooo a pop, goals from 6-10 earn £45,000 and once he hits 16 – every goal earns £65,00o. On top of this, Firmino gets £31,000 per assist – meaning he’s racked up £1.1m in bonuses since arriving two summers ago.
Firmino would almost be forgiven for having more attempts on goal, or hovering near the penalty box, with such giant financial rewards, but no striker in the country works harder or puts in more defensive work than our 25-year-old. He basically never shoots from outside of box (bar a few wondergoals you may remember) and makes endless unselfish runs so that his team-mates are in a good position to score.
Even with all this work, he’s bagged 12 this season, although his overall influence should never be judged on whether he finds the back of the net or not.
We’re just glad there’s no ‘manic gegenpressing’ bonuses in his contract, or the club would liquidate by Christmas!