As one of the best young footballers on the planet, we kinda assumed Kylian Mbappé’s contract at French giant PSG would be worth a lot of money. Today, the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported leaked details of the Frenchman’s earnings and contract demands — and the numbers involved are mind-boggling.
Mbappé initially joined PSG from AS Monaco on a loan deal in August 2017, which was made permanent earlier this year for a reported fee of €180 million. He has since gone on to cement himself as one of the game’s upcoming superstars, and capped a memorable World Cup win with France in the summer by winning the tournament’s best young player award.
Mbappé famously operates without an agent, instead leaving his father, Wilfrid, to do his negotiating. After receiving documents from the whistleblower platform Football Leaks, Der Spiegel reviewed the information related to Mbappe’s contract with a network of journalists at the European Investigations Collaboration (EIC).
The article states that Mbappé asked for a contract worth €55 million that would see him become one of the world’s best-paid players. He demanded a €5 million signing bonus and a €50 million salary for the duration of the five-year contract, which the report says PSG accepted.
It then goes on to detail demands from Mbappé’s camp that PSG refused to meet. These include:
- Mbappé reportedly wanted a clause inserted into his deal that would see him automatically become the club’s highest-paid player, even eclipsing Neymar, if he were to win the Ballon d’Or.
- Mbappé’s father, Wlifrid, reportedly requested permission to attend PSG training sessions
- Mbappé reportedly wanted the use of a private jet for 50 hours per year. PSG compromised, instead offering stead €30,000 euros per month to fund Mbappé’s personal staff, which includes a butler, a chauffeur and a bodyguard.
- Mbappé’s family wanted assurances that they would be financially compensated should PSG be banned from the Champions League for breaching FFP (Financial Fair Play) guidelines.
Prior to signing with PSG, the article also reports that Real Madrid had agreed a €180 million transfer with Monaco for Mbappé’s services, but that his father halted the move because he was uncertain his son would be guaranteed game time.
Now check out our exclusive interview with Mbappe here.