It was revealed this week that Angel Di Maria has an unusual add-on in his Manchester United contract.
The Argentine signed to the Red Devils from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window for a fee of £59.7 million, the fifth most expensive transfer of all time and the highest fee ever paid by a British club. This transfer fee could rise to £70m with the add-ons in his contract. One of the add-ons includes a bonus for Real Madrid if the 26-year-old wins the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
Considering only two players (Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo) have won the FIFA Ballon d’Or since its creation when the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged together in 2010, this might be a big ask for Di Maria to achieve. No one has won the award whilst playing in the Premier League either since the combing of the two awards.
It’s understood that the extra clause in the contract was added during discussion between Real Madrid’s negotiators, and representatives of Di Maria during talks with the United hierarchy.
United were open to having this add-on in di Maria’s contract because winning the award would justify his £59.7m price tag and it will likely be accompanied by team success as well. If di Maria does win the FIFA Ballon d’Or, Real Madrid will receive another £4m.
This revelation comes after Di Maria claimed Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez sent a letter to him on the day of the World Cup final which asked him not to play against Germany because they thought he might get injured.
Di Maria said in a recent interview that he had his leg on ice whilst reading the letter in the morning preparing for the game in the afternoon, and he tore up the letter straight away.
He said: “I tore up the letter as soon as it was given to me and didn’t take any notice of it, I didn’t care what might happen, but it was (coach) Alejandro’s (Sabella) decision,”
“I didn’t want to make any demands of him but I also didn’t want to leave the team a man short five minutes from a very important match.”
Can Angel Di Maria really win a FIFA Ballon d’Or with Man United, or is it an ambitious clause in his contract that may never be activated? Leave your comments below.