Mario Balotelli had a staggering £1million good behaviour clause written into his contract at Liverpool, The Times have revealed.
The 26-year-old would apparently net the seven-figure sum every season that he did not get into trouble at least three times, meaning he could have spat at a player twice and still received the bonus on top of his reported £85,000-a-week wages.
“If during each season of the term of this contract the player is not dismissed from the field of play on three or more occasions for violent conduct, spitting at an opponent or any other person, for using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures and/or for dissent by word or action . . . then on the 30th June at the end of each season he shall receive a bonus payment of £1m.”
Balotelli would also reportedly receive £25,000 for each of first his first five Premier League goals for the Reds and £50,000 for any goal scored after that.
The Italian would only score four goals in 24 appearances for Liverpool before eventually being offloaded on a free transfer to Nice in the summer.