Leaked report reveals Antoine Griezmann’s bonus clauses at Barcelona
Two years ago when Barcelona decided to meet Antoine Griezmann’s €120 million release clause and sign him from Atletico Madrid, not many would have envisaged things go down the way they have.
After two seasons that showed little promise, Griezmann is back at Atletico, with Barcelona agreeing a shock deadline day deal with the La Liga champions.
As per the terms, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has rejoined Atleti on a season-long loan deal, with an option to extend the loan stint by another year and an obligation to make the switch permanent for €50 million.
Griezmann, as is no secret, was one of the highest earners at Barcelona while he was at the club, taking home a fixed pay between €17-21 million per year. Apart from that, there were a whole lot of other bonuses clauses, that SPORT has now revealed.
Griezmann’s Barcelona contract details
As per the leaked contract document, Barcelona paid €5 million to Griezmann as a signing-on bonus while the Frenchman was promised an additional €2.5 million every season if he played more than 60% of Barcelona’s minutes for that term, which he did in both 2019/20 and 2020/21.
In addition, there were loyalty bonus clauses embedded in the contract in lieu of which, he would have been paid €7 million if he continued this season at Camp Nou, €6.5 million for 2022/23 and 2023/24, when his contract would run out.
Griezmann also had clauses over Champions League appearances, with the Frenchman getting paid €500,000 if the Catalans made it to the Round of 16 and an increment of €500,000 for progress to each subsequent round, and a €2 million bonus if they went on to win. In addition, he was promised €1.5 million if Barca win La Liga and would pocket €4 million if they won the treble.
Finally, there were clauses for individual accolades that would see Griezmann pocket €500,000 if he won the Best Player in Spain, €750,000 if he was named the Best Player in Europe (UEFA or FIFA). Finally, a Ballon d’Or win would fetch him €1 million.
In all, Griezmann pocketed €25.5 million in his debut season (wages+bonuses) and €21 million in his second term. The total cost, across the duration of his contract, would have been €177.5 million.
Safe to say, it would have been quite the expensive operation for Barcelona if the Frenchman had stayed put.