The PSG offer joins the list of crazy football contract clauses

Paris Saint-Germain are increasingly reconciled to losing Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer.

After endless speculation and debate, the French superstar is expected to join Real Madrid ahead of the 2022/23 season once his contract with PSG expires.

Los Blancos have fought with all their might not to let Mbappe – already one of the best players in the world at 23 – slip away from them and become a Real Madrid player after becoming a free agent.

And while it has felt like the world’s worst-kept secret for some time that Mbappe would end up at the Santiago Bernabeu, that doesn’t mean PSG haven’t tried to keep their exceptional French star.

Les Parisiens rejected an offer of around £145.8million in the summer of 2021 – the same summer that Mbappe entered the final 12 months of his deal – and rejected offers again in January 2022, hoping they would triple that Ligue 1 player of the year signs a new contract.

However, her recent offer to keep him around is utterly absurd.

PSG’s overwhelming Mbappe contract offer

According to Spanish outlet El ChiringuitoPSG have made Mbappe an extraordinary offer that would have made him the owner of the club’s sporting project and given him the power to change the club’s managers, coaches and players.

Yes, you read that correctly. Of course, this also goes hand in hand with an astronomical financial offer, if the report is to be believed.

This would certainly be the first – and certainly the best-known – case in which an active player at a club would have managerial powers over the manager and the team. Incredible.

When we heard the news, we were on the job GIBMESPORT Think of the slightly less extreme but equally bizarre clauses that have been rumored and reportedly inserted into players’ contracts over the years.

The strangest contract clauses in football

Dennis Bergkamp – No flight clause

Arsenal’s legendary Dutch creator had a rather specific request when settling in north London, which turned out to be costly. Bergkamp had a severe fear of flying and lost earnings of up to £100,000 in negotiations because he insisted he would not fly out of fear. This caused him to miss away games and European trips but didn’t stop him from becoming one of their best forwards.

Bergkamp would not be flying under contract
21 February 2001: Arsenal’s Dennis Bergkamp celebrates scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group C match against Lyon at Highbury in London. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. \ Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson /Allsport

Luis Suarez – No bite clause

After building a reputation for biting opponents at Ajax and Liverpool, and then doing it again at the World Cup with Giorgio Chiellini, Barcelona cracked down on Suarez’s antics when he signed for the club. A clause in his contract said he would be sold if he committed another biting offense, at least according to reports President Josep Bartomeu was keen to rat out.

Stefan Schwarz – Space clause

With the world convinced that commercial space travel would become possible for those who could afford it a few years into the 21st century, space-obsessed would-be astronaut and Valencia star Schwarz was banned from traveling into space when he died in 1999 signed for Sunderland and authorized his contract to be torn up if he did. Thankfully, that never paid off.

Black wanted to go into space
21 January 2001: Stefan Schwarz of Sunderland blocks Robbie Blake of Bradford City during the FA Carling Premiership match at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. \ Mandatory Credit: Tom Shaw /Allsport

Rolf-Christel Guie-Mien – Cooking course clause

Although midfielder Guie-Mien had already impressed with Karlsruher in Germany, he expressed his distaste for German food when he joined Eintracht Frankfurt in 1999. So much so that he only agreed to sign for the club if they gave his wife cooking lessons.

Giuseppe Reina – New house clause

Desperate to expand his real estate portfolio by appearances, Reina asked new club Armenia Bielefield in 1996 to build him a house for every year he played for them. What he didn’t specify was the type of house and was instead given Lego houses, which was settled in court.

Reina didn't get the houses he wanted
BERLIN, GERMANY – MARCH 20: Giuseppe Reina of Berlin takes the ball past Oliver Kahn of Bayern during the Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin BSC and FC Bayern Munich at Olympiastadion on March 20, 2004 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Matija Nastasic – Adidas boot clause

After his spell in Manchester, Nastasic went to Germany in 2014 to sign for Schalke. However, conflict arose when a clause was included in his contract stating that he must wear adidas football boots at all times, except for medical reasons. The Serb, who was a Nike-sponsored athlete at the time, had to find a medical excuse to stop wearing the adidas boots instead.

Stig Inge Bjornebye – No ski clause

The son of an Olympic skier, Liverpool were suspicious of Bjornebye’s keen interest in skiing when he signed him in 1992. To protect their £600,000 investment, they included a clause banning the Norwegian from skiing whenever he went home.

Bjornebye came from a family of skiers
12 December 1996: Stig Inge Bjornebye of Liverpool in action during a FA Carling Premiership game against Middlesbrough at Anfield in Liverpool, England. Liverpool won the game 4-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson/Allsport

Samuel Eto’o – Private Jet Clause

When Eto’o became the world’s highest-paid player in 2011 by signing for sudden financial giant Anzhi Mackhachkala, he made sure to make the most of the contract period. At the Dagestan-based club, Eto’o demanded a clause ensuring he would travel to every game by private jet.

Robert Lewandowski – No extreme sports clause

When his contract with Borussia Dortmund expired and the European bidding war for a young Lewandowski began, Real Madrid jostled alongside Bayern Munich for his signature. But forward their proposal to the Poles leakedand had apparently inserted a clause prohibiting him from motorcycling, skiing, motor boating, paragliding and rock climbing.

Real Madrid offered Lewandowski a contract
MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 8: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Bayern Munich and Chelsea FC on August 8, 2020 at Allianz Arena Penalty point scored in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Lars Bohinen – carpet clause and so on

The saying goes: If you don’t ask, you get nothing. And boy, boy, asked Bohinen. In a bid to stay at Nottingham Forest in 1995, the Norway midfielder told the club to replace the carpet in the house they bought him because he was getting lint in his nose.

In addition, according to then-manager Frank Clarke, there were about 50 other inquiries, including looking for a job for his wife and six return flights to Oslo a year. As a result, he went to Blackburn.

Ronaldinho – exit clause

Everyone knows by this point that Ronaldinho loves to party, but Flamengo learned it the hard way in 2011. When he signed for the Brazilian side, the football legend insisted his contract would give him two evenings a week. He’s a weirdo.

Ronaldinho ended up in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 22: Ronaldinho Gaucho of Atletico MG during a match between Botafogo and Atletico MG as part of the 2013 Brazilian Cup at Maracana Stadium on August 22, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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