Manchester United player bonuses from 2009-10 season ‘leaked’
Manchester United’s players would have shared almost £10million ($14.42m) in bonuses for an all-conquering 2009/10 season, according to reportedly leaked documents.
The website Football Leaks has published what it claims is the contract given to Bebe on joining United in August 2010.
It features details of the Portuguese forward’s terms at Old Trafford, where he was a surprise £7million ($10m) signing who proved a major flop in the English game. The site claims Bebe, widely regarded as a disastrous signing for United, was given a £500,000 ($721,000) signing-on fee. Bebe made just seven appearances and scored two goals before he was finally offloaded to Benfica in 2014 after a series of loan spells
Bonus details are also revealed in the document, which states United stars would have split £2.5million ($3.61m) for winning the Premier League, a £5.25million ($7.57m) payment for landing the Champions League trophy, £1million ($1.44m) for an FA Cup triumph and £500,000 ($721,000) for lifting the League Cup – a potential total of £9.25million ($13.34m).
It also lists lesser bonuses for finishing second in the Premier League (£1.25million) ($1.8m), being Champions League runners-up (£2.75million) ($4m), FA Cup runners-up (£500,000) ($721,000) and League Cup runners-up (£250,000) ($361,000).
The contract states the bonus scheme was effective from the 2009/10 campaign.
United’s 2009/10 season was not their most fruitful under Sir Alex Ferguson, however, as they finished second in the Premier League, lost to Leeds in the FA Cup third round, bowed out to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, and won the League Cup, bringing in what the document indicates would be a £2.25million ($3.25m) aggregate bonus.
In Bebe’s year at Old Trafford, they landed the Premier League title, were Champions League runners-up, reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the fifth round of the League Cup.
Under the terms of the bonus scheme, that would have secured £5.25million ($7.57m) in bonuses to be divided between players, with each split based on appearances in the competitions.