Top footballers can make eye-watering sums after joining a new club, but it seems like a staggering weekly wage is no longer enough to beat the competition for the best talent.
Some clubs have been known to offer family homes for players, send their kids to a local school, or even buy them cars – but some weren’t afraid to put their hands in their pockets to secure a star’s signature.
Last month, David Silva was reportedly offered a private jet and a luxury Roman house by Lazio as he prepared to leave Manchester City on a free transfer. With many clubs lining up to secure the Spaniard, it appears the Serie A squad was eager to steal a march on the suitors.
Sportsmail has rounded up five of football’s most bizarre and ridiculous offers and demands to sweeten a deal.
The city’s David Silva was recently offered a private jet and a luxury home from Lazio, Italy
Ronaldinho – Queretaro (2014)
Contract Terms: A mansion with four butlers
Despite recently becoming embroiled in controversy and jailed for passport fraud, Ronaldinho was once the most sought-after player in world football – and even towards the end of his playing days, some clubs were desperate for a player of his reputation and quality. their books.
But one club certainly took it a step further in 2014 when the Brazilian considered a move to Mexico. Top outfit Queretaro made an astonishing offer with enormous incentives to convince the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year to participate.
They threw into a mansion with their proposal of a two-year deal – it came with four butlers. As if that wasn’t enough, Ronaldinho could also enjoy a 7-a-side pitch and a beach at the property.
However, despite the club’s best efforts, the World Cup winner chose to stay with them for just one season – he ended his contract despite still having a year to go with his deal with the Liga MX outfit.
Ronaldinho’s deal included a house with four butlers, a seven-a-side football field and a beach
Moise Kean – Juventus (2016)
Contract conditions: A fleet of tractors
Not quite the application fee you’d expect in a contract. Moise Kean’s father Biorou acted as his son’s agent when he signed his first deal with Juventus in 2016.
The old lady reportedly agreed to give the family a fleet of tractors in addition to his salary of € 700,000 a year to help Biorou with his farming business, but he claims the club later made their decision to offer the incentive destroyed.
An enraged Kean Sr. threatened the Italian giants by saying that Moise would expire his contract with the club and go free.
Moise Kean’s father demanded a fleet of tractors for his son to sign a new deal with Juventus
“Juventus offered a contract of € 700,000 a year, which was fine, but the problem is they also promised me some tractors for my farm in Ivory Coast, but now they say there is no budget for it,” he says. said in 2017.
‘I own several hectares of land in Ivory Coast that I would like to cultivate with rice and maize. I am an agronomist. I asked for agricultural materials and they told me “no problem”.
“Recently, however, Juve’s attorney contacted me to tell me the contract offer had been withdrawn because my requests were beyond their means.”
Kean was 18 at the time, so he still needed parental consent before signing a new contract.
Kean now represents Everton, having moved to the UK top flight last year for £ 27.5m
Kean eventually became the first player to be born in the 2000s to play in one of the five major leagues in Europe when he made his debut against Pescara in November 2016. Three days later, he broke the same Champions League record when he left the league. bank came up against Sevilla. .
Kean signed for Everton in 2019 for £ 27.5m – which he struggled to adapt to despite high expectations.
While the forward has left Juventus, his father would still be looking for his original club for the tractors.
Paul Gascoigne – Tottenham (1988)
Contract conditions: A house, BMW and a solarium
Tottenham offered Paul Gascoigne all sorts of incentives to join White Hart Lane above Manchester United in 1988, with chairman Irving Scholar and manager Terry Venables desperate for the talented midfielder.
Spurs had already agreed to buy his family a new home – something United couldn’t afford – and Gascgoine tried his luck by asking for a new BMW for the garage. Once again the club agreed to his terms.
Already incredibly generous, Spurs made one final request – this time telling Scholar he wanted a new tanning bed for his sister Lindsay to get the deal over the line.
Tottenham agreed to give Paul Gascoigne a house, BMW and a tanning bed to sign him in 1988
Gascoigne told Sky Sports Fantasy Football Club in 2015, “I went to Irving Scholar:” Can my dad have a car? ” And he said, “OK,” and so I said, “Right, I’m definitely coming now and I’m on my way!” Then the phone rang again, it was Lindsay and it was classic: “Paul, if Mom gets a house and Dad gets a car, I want a tanning bed”.
“So can you imagine ringing Irving and saying,” Look, I’m definitely going to sign now, the deal is done, but can I also have a tanning bed thrown ?! ” And he said, “Come over here, will you? It’s over.” And I went to Lindsay, “Got your tanning bed!” ‘.
After the club agreed to its terms, ‘Gazza’ played 112 times for the Lilywhites, scored 33 times and won the FA Cup in 1991 after a famous free kick against rival Arsenal in the semi-final.
Rolf-Christel Guie-Mien – Frankfurt (1999)
Contract conditions: cooking lessons for his wife
Congolese midfielder Rolf-Christel Guie-Mien moved from Karlsruher to Eintracht Frankfurt in 1999, but the bizarre terms were far from a hip sports car or a multi-million-pound house.
Instead, the midfielder signed on the dotted line after agreeing to a contract stating that his wife would receive cooking lessons that would be paid for by the club.
Who knows if she had a passion for cooking, or if Guie-Mien just wanted to improve her culinary skills for his own benefit.
It seems the club agreed to the odd demands as he stayed for three years and played 95 times before leaving for Frieburg in 2003.
Rolf-Christel Guie-Mien came to Frankfurt after they agreed to pay for his wife’s cooking lessons
Keisuke Honda – Botafogo (2020)
Contract terms: an armored vehicle
Japanese legend Keisuke Honda signed for Brazil’s Botafogo this year, but was concerned about the move to Rio De Janiero, one of the world’s most dangerous cities.
His concerns are understandable, with an average of 39 murders for every 100,000 people, and the club came up with an idea to convince him by giving him an armored vehicle to keep him safe.
The Japan international accepted the deal, and the club revealed him on Twitter in January by portraying him as a character in Pokemon using an old school Gameboy.
The midfielder, who is a legend for his country after earning 98 caps, has had a globetrotting career, playing for eight different clubs on four continents.
He is known for playing for CSKA Moscow for three years, playing 127 times for the Russian team, before joining AC Milan in 2014 – where he played until 2017.
Japanese star Keisuke Honda signed for Botafogo after the club offered him an armored vehicle