Sadio Mane’s new contract will make the Liverpool star mega moolah
Could you imagine what you would do if you landed an amount of money similar to the Mega Moolah current jackpot prize, which currently stands at £12.3 million and growing every second?
For the lucky few who get to experience that rush of adrenaline, the fact that they have defeated the odds to land a bumper payday means their life will never be the same.
However, for some rather more fortunate members of society, the simple process of signing a new contract of employment with their employer can result in a windfall that is every bit as impressive as landing a Mega Moolah jackpot, as has recently been the case with the Senegal and Liverpool striker Sadio Mane.
Following on from Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah, who both signed new long term deals with the club earlier on in 2018, Mane had initially stalled over signing a new deal, but fresh talks over the Autumn have resulted in the flying winger, and a goalscorer in the Champions League in the summer, landing a fresh new contract at the club, which will be the equivalent to him landing a sizeable Mega Moolah jackpot.
Mane is expected to sign his new deal some time in December and the indications are that the striker has seen his pay increase to around £150,000 a week.
How much is that in layman's terms?
Assuming that Mane is paid over the 52 weeks of the year, that means that the Senegalese ace will have a take-home pay, before tax, of around £7,800,000. Or one very sizeable Mega Moolah win every 12 months.
However, what is not known is what incentives are built into Mane's contract which could well see his earnings eclipse even those figures. It is usual in a contract for a top player to include a number of stipulations for the player, such as if he scores a stated number of goals during the season he will trigger a bonus payment, or if the club win a trophy, then he will also earn either a bonus sum or a pay rise (with the more prestigious trophies offering greater rewards).
As a striker, it would be surprising therefore if the deal did not include an incentive for Mane to score a certain number of goals in a season to trigger a bonus, as well as bonuses or wage increases if the club were to win any of the big tournaments each year, such as the Premier League and the Champions League, while there may be smaller bonuses on offer should the club land smaller trophies such as the FA Cup, Carabao Cup or the Europa League.
What this means is that over the five years Mane has agreed to sign on at Liverpool, he will earn a bare minimum of £39,000,000. Sure the taxman will recoup a sizeable proportion of that, but the Liverpool star is still set to sign a contract which is the equivalent of winning more than double the World Record payout of the Mega Moolah slot, which was set back in September 2018 this year at around £16.7 million in UK Pounds.
Add bonuses into that and if Mane can land a couple of trophies and score a requisite number of goals during the course of the contract, or over the course of a single season, then the chances are his total earnings from his contract alone would be closer to £45 million.
That is a staggering amount of money, yet it is not all that players like Mane will receive for their efforts.
Other forms of income for players like Sadio Mane
While top footballers' salaries are astronomical, what is even more astonishing is that for some footballers, there are other lucrative financial agreements in place which can not only ensure they earn much more than their salary, but in some cases, the amount they earn from these other avenues can far exceed even their massive club salaries.
Image rights - Many top players hold their own image rights and as such these rights alone can generate them additional income on top of their salary. How much this is and how the amounts are worked out vary from club to club and player to player. However, the top world stars can earn significant amounts from Image Rights alone, this is by allowing broadcasters and computer game developers, to name but two, to use their images in promotional material etc.
Sponsorship and endorsements - The most lucrative other form of cash for top football stars is through sponsorship and endorsements. We will have all seen footballers being used to advertise a huge number of different items, from shampoo, to deodorant, to coffee, even down to a players own brand (in the case of some of the world's top stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo or David Beckham). A player can have several sponsorship deals with different countries and these can also see players earn vast sums of money not just for the initial deal, but in terms of revenue generated from profits made by the company off the back of the merchandise the players endorsement helps to sell. This ranges from obvious items, such as players wearing a certain manufacturers boots, to less obvious items, which as we have seen include shampoo, shaving products, cars, clothes, shoes, fitness equipment or indeed any sponsor that the player wishes to align themselves with.
International payments and bonuses - In addition to this, international players at the top level can receive appearance money and the chance to win bonuses based on how teams perform in international tournaments. The better a team performs, such as France winning the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia, then the more bonus payments a player part of that international team will receive.
These are the most common ways top players can earn additional income each year but it doesn't stop there. Money can be made from players releasing their own autobiography (even if the book is ghost-written by an author), appearances on TV shows can also generate appearance money. Indeed anything a top player does beyond train and play matches, can be viewed as an opportunity for them to rake in the cash.
Where does Mane's new deal rank him in the Premier League top earners?
You'd assume that Mane's new contract would push him into the top ten earners in the Premier League, but in actual fact, the Senegalese star remains outside that group. While players wages remain a closely guarded secret, leaked details of contracts has allowed us to list what we believe are the top twenty highest earning players in the Premier League as of the 2018-2019 season.
- Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) - £315,000 per week
- Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) - £306,250 per week
- Paul Pogba (Manchester United) - £290,000 per week
- Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) - £280,000 per week
- Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) - £250,000 per week
- Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) - £250,000 per week
- Harry Kane (Tottenham) - £200,000 per week
- Raheem Sterling (Man City) - £200,000 per week
- Riyad Mahrez (Man City) - £200,000 per week
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea) - £200,000 per week
- Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) - £200,000 per week
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - £200,000 per week
- David De Gea (Manchester United) - £200,000 per week
- Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) - £192,000 per week
- Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (Arsenal) - £180,000 per week
- Henrik Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) - £180,000 per week
- Fred (Manchester United) - £175,000 per week
- Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) - £175,000 per week
- Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) - £165,000 per week
- David Silva (Manchester City) - £160,000 per week
Each year, these and many more players in the Premier League earn the equivalent of a big Mega Moolah win in wages alone, let alone what they earn in additional sponsorship and image rights deals. Little wonder then that so many youngsters still dream of becoming a top flight football professional.
For the rest of us, it may be a case of spinning the reels on Mega Moolah and hoping that the fickle finger of fate lands you that dream win!
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